Who are the Garden State Rollergirls?
The Garden State Rollergirls are New Jersey's premier all-female flat-track roller derby league. Currently in our fifth season, GSR features two teams for interleague play: our All-Star team, the Ironbound Maidens, and our "B" team, the Brick City Bruisers. A skater-owned-and-operated organization, our league has 40 skaters and numerous officials and volunteers who play an integral part in keeping GSR running smoothly.
On the track, we are fiercely competitive athletes with a splash of rock ‘n roll attitude. Off the track, we are mothers, sisters, professionals and working-class heroes that proudly represent the best of northern New Jersey.
What is Flat Track Roller Derby?
Roller derby has experienced a revival in the past few years, with almost 1500 teams around the world. It is a full-contact sport played in traditional quad roller skates on a flat surface, such as a the floor of a roller rink.
Roller derby games are called bouts, which are divided into two 30-minute periods. Each period consists of a number of jams, which can last up to two minutes.
In a jam, each team puts five players on the track: a pivot, three blockers and a jammer. The jammers are the point-scorers, and attempt to earn points by lapping the pack and successfully passing the opposing team's blockers. The pivot and blockers from each team form the pack, and their main objective is to impede the progress of the opposite team's jammer through the pack. Blockers can use shoulder and hip checks, as well as booty blocks, to distract. Penalties are given to skaters who block illegally (clotheslining and punching are against the rules, folks), behave in an unsporting manner or otherwise break the rules.
Roller derby is a true contact sport, and while bouts may be tough and action-packed, they are absolutely family-friendly and enjoyable for fans of all ages.