Week 69

Weekly Sketch

A biker gang is rounded up by ‘Bella Listic’ roller derby champion after she saw them selling drugs to kids outside the arena.

The sport has its origins in the banked-track roller skating marathons of the 1930s but it was Leo Seltzer and Damon Runyon who are credited with changing the sport into its modern competitive form.

Roller derby is played by two teams of up to fourteen players. There are five members for each two-minute jam. Both teams skate counterclockwise (anticlockwise in UK) on a circuit track. Both teams designates a scoring player which they call a “jammer” the other four members are “blockers.” Only one blocker  can be designated as a “pivot” which is a special blocker who is allowed to become a jammer in the course of play. The jammer wears a helmet cover bearing two stars; the pivot wears a striped cover; the remaining members’ helmets are uncovered.

Point scoring occurs during “jams” which last up to two minutes.During a jam, points are scored when a jammer laps members of the opposing team. Each team’s blockers try to hinder the opposing team’s jammer.

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