Roller Derby gaining popularity across the country
Movies like "Whip It" put a spot light on roller derby and now more and more women are taking to the rinks to participate in the sport. YNN's Erin Clarke caught up with the women of the Assault City Roller Derby in Baldwinsville.
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BALDWINSVILLE, N.Y. -- It's a fast competitive game, it's a full contact womens' sport. Deb Crush, Morticia D. Kay and their teammates may come away a little bruised and beaten up.
"I've dislocated my shoulder. Deb's a collar bone she separated, AC separated, so there's some serious injuries. We just had a girl break her ankle," said Rebecca "Morticia D. Kay" Howden, Assault City Roller Derby Secretary.
But they love the sport of Roller Derby.
"I consider us all elite athletes," said Deb "Deb Crush" Perry, Assault City Roller Derby Co-Captain.
The ladies describe the sport as a mixture of football and hockey. A skater called a jammer scores points by getting through a pack of blockers and then passing them on the track.
"The whistle blows and then the pack starts rolling. The pack is the blockers, so all the blockers start to go and the second whistle the jammers get to go and they're the ones with the speed. So our job is to not let their jammer through, but to get our jammer through first," said Howden.
The Assault City Roller Derby plays in Baldwinsville, but they're part of a growing number of teams springing up all across the country.
"I couldn't believe how many teams up and down the thruway and down to Long Island," said Tom Carranti who came to watch a friend play.
Fans say the game is fun to watch and it gives them a sense of nostalgia.
"It's fabulous, fabulous. We used to watch it all the time when I was little. This is different. It's a bit more of a sport than an entertainment venue, but this is a lot of fun," said Carranti.
The women, 21 and older, even some in their forties, look at it as a way to stay active, burn off a little steam, and show some girl power.
"It's good. Like Crush said, it's a good feeling knowing your sisters all have your back on the track," said Howden.
The ladies are even hoping that roller derby makes its way to the Olympics.
"It went from kind of like a sport where people thought it was made up or scripted into a high level game where we are headed into the highest level," said Perry.
The Assault City Roller Derby is a not-for-profit organization. A portion of the proceeds from every bout are donated to charity.
Until then, the Assault City Roller Derby team will keep playing hard.