Saturday February 19, 2011

Entertainment 

Whips and Plenty of Hips  

The Women of Roller Derby wheel in the new season

Submitted by Reign Valley Vixens

 

 

he queens of crash are back for season three on March 5 with the Lucky Harms Bout. The opener has the Valley Vixens on a crash course with the Okanagan Raggedy Rollers.

 

The Vixens will defend their home track against the Okanagan Raggedy Rollers at the Ag Rec building in Abbotsford's Exhibition Park.

Partial proceeds will be donated to The Abbotsford food bank and tickets are $5 (or by donation) Remaining bouts will be played at the MSA Arena in Abbotsford on April 23rd: Tango and Crash; May 28th: 2nd Annual Battle for Boobs (BC Cancer Foundation fundraiser); June 25th: Rollin' Thunder; July 23rd: Wheels of Justice.

2 for 1 season tickets until March 31st. $40 for a set of tickets to every game this season! Call 778-808-5380 to get the best seats. For more information checkout their website: www.rvvrd.com or e-mail here.

Backgrounder

The Reign Valley Vixens began in 2007 with a small group of ladies with a dream to build a flat track derby league in the Fraser Valley. They are based in Abbotsford, but their members span from Surrey/Aldergrove/Langley to Maple Ridge and Mission. They are now heading into their third season and ready to bring their family-friendly rock concert-style roller derby bouts back to Abbotsford's MSA Area in the spring.

 

Roller Derby 101

The game is played in two thirty-minute periods made up of numerous two-minute races that are called 'jams'. Each jam starts with five women from both teams on the track. Each team has four 'blockers' and one 'jammer'. The 'pack' is made up of all the blockers.

Two jammers stand twenty feet behind the pack. Once the pack begins to move, the jammers attempt to make their way through the pack. Their own blockers try to help them though while the opposing blockers try to stop the jammer from passing them. On the second pass through, the jammer gets one point for each opposing blocker she passes legally. There are five to seven referees who enforce the rules of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), although most fans are delighted to witness many hard hits, skating mishaps and trips to the penalty box. At the end of the second period, the team with the most points wins.

 

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