About Albuquerque Roller Derby (ABQRD)
Who We Are.
We are Albuquerque Roller Derby! Started in early 2015 by a group of Veteran skaters, in order to push a more open learning environment, this includes high standards for attendance, constantly looking for new strategies and skills to further the team. Inclusion of skaters of any gender, skill level, and all shapes and sizes. With diversity in our skating team we all benefit from each individuals contributions.
Building Exceptional Athletes In Albuquerque, Through Positivity, Communication, and Teamwork.
Growth of the strongest, most versatile League in the Southwest.
Train hard, Play hard, Never get back in the comfort zone, Do new things (even if they don't make sense), Include everyone, Follow, Discuss, Replan, Repeat.
Roller derby is such a great sport that we feel that no one should be left out. We welcome skaters of all genders, shapes and sizes and skill levels, We will even teach you how to roller skate if you don't know how.
ABQRD is a nonprofit co-ed roller derby organization built on the core principles of positivity, accountability, and community. The attitudes of the league members have an impact on the league’s reputation and its ultimate success.
Training- To become great at anything, practice makes perfect. The more practice time you put in the faster you will become an excellent athlete. Training on and off skates is important to ABQRD. We practice often and attendance is required for skaters who wish to play in bouts.
The Training Committee will help you learn and develop the skills you need to play the sport. This is a fun, but challenging sport – both physically and mentally – and takes dedication and commitment. The more time and effort you put into it the faster your progress will be.
Support- With a great crew of veteran skaters, new and intermediate players can draw on many sources to improve skills. As the game continues to evolve there is always challenges to overcome for skaters of any level.
The main themes in roller derby are respect, empowerment, and love. There are many reasons to play roller derby: it is a great exercise, it is complex and competitive, and makes you a stronger team player to name a few. The reason many people keep playing is that they form an incredible bond with their teammates and the roller derby community in general, and can’t think of not skating.
Do You Have What It Takes?
(Spoiler Alert: You Do!)
Modern Flat Track Roller Derby is the fastest growing sport in the world and you could be it’s next superstar! Here at ABQ Roller Derby we would be glad to have you skate with us, no matter your skill level or gender. If you have never put on roller skates in your life, so what? Come on down and give it a try, we have a limited amount of loaner gear that you can use (first come basis), and there is always someone around to help you learn the basics and get you familiar with the game (don’t worry until you are ready, this training and learning is non contact) Been playing for a while and ready to take your game to the next level? The veteran skaters on our team will help you make your goals a reality. In order to play in scrimmages and bouts, all players must meet stringent requirements based on the minimum skills test set forth by WFTDA, as well as conform to all requirements of the league. Follow the link below to see more information on what you will need to play.
Fastest Growing Sport In The World
According to WFTDA (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association) there has been a 1900% growth in participation in Roller Derby. This is a huge amount of growth, and it does not include Men’s Roller derby and the Men’s Roller Derby Association (MRDA), or the multitude of derby leagues that are not sanctioned by WFTDA, which has specific requirements for becoming a sanctioned league. When Albuquerque Roller Derby was founded in early 2015 the board decided it would be a COED League with a focus on sportsmanship, athleticism, and growth for skaters of all genders. As our organization grows, sanctioned teams will be created based on the needs of the skaters to push their growth by competing at a higher level.
PUSHING THE SPORT TO THE NEXT LEVEL
Rules, Positions, Scoring Points, Penalties
The modern revolution of roller derby has resulted in many important changes to how the game is played. These changes are crucial to keeping skaters safer, increase the competition of gameplay, and keep gameplay fair for both teams.
Basic Gameplay: Each Team fields 5 players consisting of one jammer, 3 blockers, and a pivot. At the beginning of the jam, both teams line up their blockers and pivot in front of the jammer line, and their jammer starts behind the line. At the whistle the Jammers goal is to skate forward and make it through the line of the opposing team’s blockers. The first jammer to legally pass all of the opposing players is declared lead jammer, and has the ability to call off the jam. After the initial pass every opposing skater the jammer passes earns their team a point. The jam lasts for 2 minutes or until the lead jammer calls off the jam. At the conclusion of a jam there is 30 seconds before the start of the next jam. The bout consists of two 30 minute periods, with a break at half time. The team with the most points wins.