Each team’s pivot wears a striped helmet cover. The leader of the pack, the pivot sets the pack’s pace, rallies her team...and is the last defense against opposing jammers.
Blockers assist their jammer and defend against the opposing jammer with hip-checks, hard hits and agile moves.
And no bout would be complete without jammers. The only point-scorers in roller derby, these lightning-fast skaters sport stars on their helmets.
The Jam: Each period is split up into “jams,” which can last up to two minutes. Only five players from each team may be on the track at a time. After lining up on the track, one pivot and three blockers from each team take off in a “pack” at the head ref’s single whistle.
(whistle blows and the pack skates)
Lead Jammer: The first jammer to legally pass the pack is declared lead jammer. The lead jammer may call off the jam at any time by placing her hand on her hips.
The first jammer through, if she was skatin’ dirty, might not get lead jammer status – it could be the other jammer. Then again, there might be NO lead jammer, in which case the jam lasts two minutes.
The Score: Scoring begins when the jammers pass the pack for the second time, accruing one point per opposing team member passed within bounds. Blockers play offense and defense simultaneously, blocking the opposing jammer while helping their own jammer score.
When the 1st jammer gets through the pack and the 2nd jammer reaches it the lead jammer will call off the jam by placing her hands on her hips – the lead jammer has called off the jam by placing her hands on her hips.