Derby Girls Redefine Rules

1 decade 2 years 3 weeks ago Thursday, May 24 2007 May 24, 2007 Thursday, May 24, 2007 6:16:11 PM CDT May 24, 2007 in News

"Roller derby, it kind of goes against all the things your mother ever taught you. You can be rude, you can hurt people and you don't have to say sorry," Heather Garcia, a derby girl, explained.

They are moms, baby-sitters, and clerks, girls you don't think will play rough. But in the rink they're something else. Columbia's first all-girls roller derby team is bringing back the culture of fishnet and roller crashes.

"There aren't many sports where women get to be very strong and very heroic and still maintaining their feminity," Adriene Weller, founder of Derby Girls, said.

In a derby game the jammer, or scorer, tries to pass as many people from the other team to score points. Skaters can block off each other using body parts mainly above the hip. After months of practice, they're ready to try their moves on a real opponent. But it's more than just a sport.

"We get to leave whatever life we have inside the home there, and we come out here and we get to be who we want to be here in the rink," Weller said.

"When I'm home, I'm very particular with my kids. I watch my mouth really well, really picky about what they eat. And it's really funny because then we all go have a Guinness together after derby," Chrissy Darby, another Derby girl explained.

For these women, the bonding certainly came with some elbow bumping.

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