Wasn’t roller derby that TV show that they only played late at night when I was supposed to be in bed?

Roller derby started in the 1920’s in the form of roller races.  By the 1930’s, the races had become much more fierce and morphed into a contact sport performed by a traveling troupe of professional skaters.  Producers soon recognized the entertainment value of tough nasty women on roller skates and started staged competitions throughout the nation for television entertainment.  Unfortunately, the sport died out in the mid 70’s.  Although not at heavily advertised as before, it made a come back thanks to teams in Texas in early 2000.

Isn’t roller derby fake like wrasslin?

Roller derby is not at all fake all.  The hits are hard and the floor even harder. Derby girls are not allowed to punch, closeline, or kick other contenders, but they can still hip and shoulder check in the floor.  Just because we used strict WFTDA rules for governing the violence, girls still make their way to the penalty box.

How can I watch roller derby?

At Jamil Temple any time CQS is playing, of course!  Three-Day Bender of the Boston Derby Dames has excellent tips for watching the game for the first time.  (http://wftda.com/watching-derby-bouts)

How much money do derby girls make?

We actually PAY dues!  CQS is a 501c(4) non-profit organization raising money for great charities such as SisterCare, Tamika and Friends, and SCCADVASA.  For more information about our mission and charity involvement, please email May Q. Panic at [email protected]