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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Roller Derby?

Roller derby is a contact sport made up of two teams of five members roller skating in the same direction around a track. The game (Bout) consists of a series of short matchups (jams). Each team has 1 scoring player (the "jammer") who gets points by lapping members of the opposing team. The teams attempt to assist their own jammer while hindering the opposing jammer —in effect playing both offense and defence simultaneously.

Do I need to be able to skate?

Nope! We will teach you everything you need to know, all we ask is that you are 18 years + and have plenty of enthusiasm!

Will I get hurt?

This is a full contact sport and we all get a few bumps and bruises but we wear them with pride!

So how do I join?

We have 3 training venues, Exeter, Taunton and Cullompton. We open our doors to new skaters (Fresh Meat) once a year during September/October. Please do drop us an email expressing your interest and what venue you wish to attend, we will add you to our mailing list and update you in advance of our next intake. Please Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">sThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fill in our contact form.

What should I wear to my first session?

Most of us wear a t shirt with leggings or shorts.

What safety equipment will I need?

All Skaters are required to wear a Helmet, Elbow pads, knee pads, wrist guards and gum shield. Some skaters also invest in padded shorts but these are optional.

You will also need a pair of speed style quad skates! These are much like a trainer style boot on wheels.

Spare kit is available for the initial fresh meat sessions and our advanced skaters will be more than happy to let you try their kit on for size and point you in the right direction of where you can buy from. We know where the best discounts and customer service can be found!

Can men play?

With all those women on the track there has to be someone to keep us in check! Although men can't be on the actual track with SWAT we need more men to join Team Zebra and train as refs. So get your husband, boyfriend, brother, cousin, friends involved! We will also show them how to skate and teach them the rules!
If they fancy giving the game a go themselves there is a mens team based in Exeter called The League of Extraordinary Rollergents.

Don't fancy skating but still want to get involved?

NSO's (Non skating officials) are an important part of Roller Derby. There are a wide variety of positions such as: penalty tracker, scoreboard operator, penalty box timer, scorekeeper, jam timer, etc so get in touch we need you!

Where do you train?

We train 3 times per week at the following venues:
Monday 8pm-10pm @ St James Sports Centre, Summer Lane, Exeter EX4 8NN
Thursday 7.30pm-9.30pm @ Castle School, Wellington Road, Taunton TA1 5AU
Saturday 2pm-5pm @ Culm Valley Sports Centre, Meadow Lane, Cullompton EX15 1LL

The South West Angels of Terror look forward to skating with you soon!