You should totally play roller derby

At Rainy City we’re on the look out for new skaters of all skill levels to join our league. If you love being a part of an amazing closely knit team, want to challenge yourself and play a fast paced, full contact sport like nothing else in this world, then what are you waiting for?

NEW SKATER TRAINING EVERY MONDAY 7.30pm

£6 per session

At our venue, The Thunderdome, OL8 1EU

Our new skater sessions take place every week and are open to everyone, whether your an experienced skater or if you’ve never put skates on in your life. You don’t need any equipment as it will be all provided. No need to book, our doors are open to everyone!

Register your interest

If you’d like to join us, or would just like to find out more, get in touch today!

FAST PACED, FULL CONTACT ROLLER DERBY ACTION!

This is your chance to become part of one of the most exciting new sports in the world. What are you waiting for?

PLAY JUST FOR FUN, OR COMPETE AGAINST SOME OF THE BEST TEAMS IN THE WORLD

We have three teams of different skill levels so whether or not you want to put some skates on recreationally or if you want to challenge yourself to your limits against some of the best teams in the world, we have regular games for you.

AN ALL INCLUSIVE, FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE FOR EVERYBODY

We strongly believe that sport should be open and inclusive for everybody, so if you want take part in an amazing, welcoming family that is accepting and available to all, roller derby is the sport for you!

ENTIRELY SKATER RUN AND SKATER OWNED

Everything we do is run and organised by ourselves, including the running of our very own venue, The Thunderdome. We organise games, run fundraisers and social events and all help out with the ongoing growth of the league that we are proud to call our own.

So... what is roller derby?

Two teams line up 5 players at the starting line

Each roller derby game is made up of a series of 2 minute jams. At the beginning of each jam, both teams line up 5 players at the starting line. When the whistle goes, they skate around the track.

There are two types of player, blockers and jammers

Jammers have stars on their helmets and gain points for their team by passing opposition players on the track. Blockers try their hardest to stop them by hitting them with their shoulders, chest or hips, or by knocking the jammer out of the track.

Jammer

Blocker

The first jammer to get past every player becomes 'lead jammer'

The two teams' jammers race to get ahead of all the blockers first. The winner becomes "lead jammer" for the remaining time in the jam. You can always see who's become lead jammer, as the referee points directly at them.

Referee

Lead Jammer

The lead jammer can end the jam whenever they want

The jammers now skate around and try and get as many points for their team as they can. The lead jammer can end the jam whenever they want by tapping their hands on their hips. This ends the jam early and is often used to stop the other team from scoring points.

Lead Jammer

Pivots can take over as jammers when passed the helmet cover

You'll notice one blocker for each team has a striped helmet cover. These players are called pivots and can take over from the jammer if they’re tired or in trouble. Keep an eye out for helmet covers being passed on the track midway through a jam!

Pivot

Watch out for those penalties

Players will be sent to the penalty bin to sit for 30 seconds if they block with their arms or legs, or if they hit against the back. They’ll also get sent to the bin if they skate outside of the track as they pass opposition players.

Jam and repeat, and repeat

At the end of a jam, the game resets, another 5 skaters from each team line up and we go again! The team with the most points after two halves of 30 minutes, wins.