Roller derby has been rocking western Kentucky for a number of years now. Last year the West Kentucky Rockin’ Rollers Junior Derby League hosted the regions first, 2-day, junior roller derby tournament. It was a HUGE success! This year’s event will host five teams competing to raise their national ranking.
Door will open at 8am on Saturday, June 8 and admission is $20. A two day pass for June 8 - 9 is $25. This year’s teams include Columbia Junior Rollers from South Carolina, Topeka Chickwhips from Kansas, IC Bruisers from Iowa, Black and Blue Gems from Kentucky/Ohio and the West Kentucky Rockin’ Rollers from Paducah, Kentucky. Each team will receive four bouts so there will be a total of ten full contact bouts!
“Our tournament last year was an amazing event that brought together kids from across the country. We are excited to host these teams this year and bring approximately seventy-five skaters and their families to Paducah,” said Barbie “Barba-Fett” head coach of West Kentucky Rockin’ Rollers Junior League. The event will take place over the two day weekend.
Roller derby is a contact sport played by two teams of five members, roller skating counter-clockwise around a track. Roller derby is played by approximately 1,250 amateur leagues worldwide, most inside the United States
Game play consists of a series of short match-ups (jams) in which both teams designate a jammer (who wears a star on the helmet). The jammer scores points by lapping members of the opposing team. The teams attempt to hinder the opposing jammer while assisting their own jammer - in effect, playing both offense and defense simultaneously.
West Kentucky Rockin’ Rollers Juniors
The West Kentucky Rockin’ Rollers Junior Derby League is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization that was founded in March of 2012. The team teaches the kids the sport of flat track roller derby while boosting skaters’ confidence and teaching them a can do attitude. The skaters of the league practice twice a week, Saturday mornings 9 - 11 am and Wednesday nights 6:30 - 8:30 pm, at Kingsway Skateland in Paducah. West Kentucky Rockin’ Rollers Junior League is a proud member of the Junior Roller Derby Association.