Shooting for the Roller Derby

in photomag •  6 months ago

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The Derby World


I was asked if I could cover a Roller Derby bout here in the Salt Lake area this past Thursday. I have only been to one derby bout and never taken pictures at one, so I welcomed the challenge.

I didn't really understand the rules of the game, but after about 10 minutes it became pretty apparent what was going on. The different teams have people that wear the star on their helmets and those people have to get past everyone that tries to block them and go around the circle and do that before the other teams star head person does.

Photo taken by me @derangedvisions

The ones with the stars on their heads are called "jammers" and the others are "blockers" and a "pivot". When both jammers break free from the blockers, the race is on and when they are neck and neck it can get physical between the two.

Photo taken by me @derangedvisions

The game itself is pretty physical all around. There was one injury during the bout. A bunch of the girls fell on top of one person and snapped her ankle. I wanted to get a picture, but it felt wrong because she was laying there holding her leg up and her foot was just flopping around.

Photo taken by me @derangedvisions

The camaraderie between the two teams was pretty cool. The derby community isn't that big so they are all friends. This specific game was a fun Harry Potter themed game and the teams were made up of players from all the different teams in the area. It was Gryffindor versus Slytherin, so this was more of a fun match and not a normal competitive team match.

Photo taken by me @derangedvisions

In the end Gryffindor ended up winning, but it was a well fought bout between both teams. Everyone involved had a great time.

Photo taken by me @derangedvisions

Photo taken by me @derangedvisions

Photo taken by me @derangedvisions

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I love roller derby, it's so fun!

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It was a blast.

this is really cool bro, I remember watching roller derby as a kid on tv, it was a little like wrestling but much better in my opinion...they have a community here in long beach and it's pretty cool


Thanks. It was pretty fun. I want to see a group of huge guys play. I bet it would get crazy.

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awesome!!! That looks really hard. I kinda want to put an NFL team on roller skates and see if they could make it, those women look tough. LOL at the beard.

Interesting event and beautifully captured!