Roller Derby is a fast growing international sport, no longer is it staged for television like it was 25 years ago. Now the competitors are dedicated amateur participants. The Fort Myers Derby Girls are the 55th ranked team in the country according to the Women's Flat Track Derby Association. The WFTDA is the most relevant national organization.
Roller derby is played between two teams with five members on each team simultaneously skating counterclockwise on a circuit track. Each team has a scoring player called the jammer. The other four members are blockers. The jammer scores by passing opposition team members.
The Derby Girls next bout is at home on August 10 against the Tampa Bay Bruise Crew. The bout will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Bamboozles Skating and Events Center in Fort Myers. Click here to buy tickets.
The Fort Myers Derby Girls will be collecting donations for Destiny Diaper and Habitat for Humanity. Destiny Diaper is in need of baby items and diapers. Habitat for Humanity is in need of hammers, paint brushes, paint rollers, blue paint tape, work gloves, screwdrivers, needle nose pliers, new smoke alarms, paint edgers and one or two step stools.