We are flat track

Roller derby’s roots span back to creator Leo Seltzer in 1935 when he put teams of skaters on a banked track for a race. As the game developed it consisted of predetermined outcomes and staged violence, and lasted well into the 1970’s, notably with the San Francisco Bay Bombers. Shortly thereafter, roller derby was in complete decline until the late 1990s when the Texas Roller Girls began what is now called the Flat Track Revolution. The modern roller derby of today, whether played on a flat or banked track, is a true athletic competition where the best women win.

Banked tracks are large and expensive pieces of equipment costly to store and maintain. Without the invention of the flat track, which can be constructed on just about any surface out of rope and duct tape, modern roller derby would not be possible. Currently there are an estimated 1,513 independent grass roots leagues in the world, mostly flat track (although banked tracks still exist). Flood Water is proud to be one of these leagues and proud skate on the flat track.

According to Wikepedia…

“Roller derby is a contact sport played by two teams of five members roller skating in the same direction around a track. Game play consists of a series of short matchups (“jams”) in which both teams designate a scoring player (the “jammer”) who scores points by lapping members of the opposing team. The teams attempt to assist their own jammer while hindering the opposing jammer — in effect, playing both offense and defense simultaneously. Roller derby is played by more than 1,200 amateur leagues on every inhabited continent.” -wikepedia.com

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