Atlanta Roller Girls

Posted: July 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

It’s a rough, physically demanding sport.  The matches are long, and the action is rough and tumble.  Lots of falls, pushing, bumps, skids.  The audience goes wild when the jammers start scoring.  And you get into it.  You fall hard, when you’re just attending your first roller derby, watching tattooed girls skate circles around each other for hours.  You start cheering for your favorites, and though it looks confusing at first, you quickly get the hang of the rules.

What am I talking about?  The Atlanta Roller Derby!  If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it.  Tickets are affordable, the matches are long, and the action is irresistible.  Kathryn and I had a chance to go last month, and it was worth every minute.  We debated not going, because we’d both had a long day and were tired and exhausted.  In the end we went, and were glad that we did.

You might have seen or heard about roller derby – two teams skate around an oval track, and the objective is to get your jammers – usually the fastest girls on your team – to pass the opposing teams’ members as quickly and often as possible.  The movie Whip It, based on a novel of the same name, is based on a girl who joins the roller derby in Texas.  Each match is two hours long, with a short break inbetween.  Depending on teams, the scores can go in the multiple hundreds.  Watching the action is exhilarating – each match may start off slow, but once the points start rolling in, it’s non-stop excitement.

Atlanta has several teams, and tickets, as I said, are affordable – ours were $12.50/person/match.  Not bad for 2 hours’ of excitement.

For tickets and other information, http://www.atlantarollergirls.com/site_admin/ has all the details you need.  If you’ve got an evening off, why not take a look?

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