The sport of flat track roller derby is a fast-paced, full contact team sport that requires a high level of athleticism. It requires time and dedication. Our players practice at least two hours twice a week, and devote a lot of their time outside of practice doing off-skate workouts. Roller derby takes speed, strength, agility, endurance and strategy. When you come to watch a bout, you get to experience a very high level of competitiveness amongst some great athletes. Take into consideration what these girls are doing, and the fact they are doing it on 8 wheels.
It is not cheap to attend a major league sporting event. Tickets can range anywhere from forty to hundreds of dollars for one seat. The average ticket for a roller derby bout is $10 pre-sale (so hit up your favorite roller derby girl or email email@example.com). Tickets are still only $12 at the door, $5 for children aged 5-12 and children 4 and under are free. You can get a great family fun night out at a very reasonable price, especially for our double headers!
Roller derby is a very unique sport. Teams are playing defense and offense at the same time and there is a lot of strategy involved. It is also full of big hits, fast jams, and a lot of acrobats on skates. It is a fast paced sport, so do not take your eyes of the track for a minute or you might miss something big.
7. Half Time
Half time brings chances to win our 50/50 raffle , the opportunity to chuck a duck to win a prize, get some food, and even interact with some of our officials if you have any questions regarding gameplay. So grab a ticket, grab a duck, and grab some food!
6. Meet and Greet with the Athletes
How often do you get to actually meet and talk with your favorite athletes from professional sports teams? Roller derby brings you up close and personal with our athletes. You can go right up and talk to any player after a bout. Congratulate them on a game well played, ask questions, and get a photograph with your favorite player. Attend the after party and enjoy hanging out with the athletes you just experienced playing.
5. There is Always Something New
When you attend a roller derby bout, you are watching history in the making. Roller derby is a constantly evolving sport and is much different than what you might have watched on television years ago. Rules, gameplay, and strategies are constantly changing to keep up with this fast paced sport, and you never know what could happen next on the track.
4. Community Support
In supporting your local roller derby team you are also supporting your community. Most roller derby teams (including Port City) are non-profit organizations. Part of the proceeds from our bouts goes toward supporting a local organization. On May 3 part of our proceeds will help support the Paws Across Oswego County, an animal rescue organization.
3. Best Seats in the House
Roller derby allows you to sit track side, and at no extra cost. You feel like you are in the middle of the action. Just make sure you do not cross the caution tape! So Bring a chair and choose your own place to seat. There are also bleachers available trackside as well as behind safety glass (for those of you who might be a little timid about the possibility of a skater sliding out into you).
2. Strong Role Models
The athletes who take the track for Port City Roller Derby also serve as strong role models for our community. Roller derby attracts athletes from many walks of life. We are a collection are nurses, accountants, artists, counselors, teachers, bankers and many other professionals. We all come together as a team not only to dedicate our time and commitment to our sport, but to our community as well. You will often see us out in the community, helping raise money to send kids to camp, directing other athletes at the Tri-Oswego, ringing the bell for Salvation Army, and volunteering at many other fundraising efforts to help support our community. Our team also shows the importance of being able to work together to accomplish a common goal. We promote teamwork, sportsmanship, dedication and the ability to get up and keep going no matter how many times we might get knocked down.
1. Just Plain Fun
Watching a roller derby bout is just plain fun. The excitement is infectious. It is nearly impossible not to shout out and cheer as your jammer breaks through the pack, or a blocker inflicts a huge blow on an opponent. You do not need to have a huge knowledge base about roller derby to enjoy watching a bout. You pick up on the basics first, and the more you attend the more you learn.
So if you have not seen a roller derby bout live yet, get a hold of us and get your tickets because you are missing out on watching the greatest sport on earth. If you have seen one, well, then you know it is worth coming back again and again! Our season-opening doubleheader Death Star Pass is Saturday in Crisafulli Rink — doors open at 5, whistle at 5:30 — and now you have at least 10 reasons to come!