Ninh explains, The Rules of Roller Derby
The object of the game is to score more points than the opposing team. Roller derby is a sport played on skates either
on a flat track, or on a banked track where the track is raised and angled. A roller derby team consists of 14 players,
with 5 players taking to the track at any one time. Look closely, and you’ll notice a group
of each teams players pushed together. Both teams will field four blockers, and this
is collectively known as the pack. Teams cannot be more than 10ft apart in this
pack. The key person to look out for is the jammer. These are the players with the stars on their
helmets that start behind the pack. When the whistle blows, the clock starts for
a period of two minutes. This is known as a jam. The goal of the jammer is to race the opposing
team’s jammer to try and force their way through the pack of players. Once a jammer has beaten the other jammer,
they become the ‘lead jammer’, and they race around the track. Each jammer gets one point for every opposing
player that they lap or skate past. Once two minutes have expired, the whistle
blows and that is the end of the jam. However, a jam can also be ended early by
the lead jammer, by tapping her hips like this. It pays to be the lead jammer as you effectively
have control of the clock. The whole process starts all over again, and
the main strategy behind this game is for a lead jammer to score as many points as possible,
and to stop the clock before the other jammer scores too many points. The job of the blockers is to prevent the
other jammer from getting past, whilst at the same time trying to help their own jammer
pass opposing players. They are both the offence and the defence. They are allowed to form walls with teammates,
slow the opposing player down and use their hips and shoulders to lever their opponents
out of the way. The game is played in two 30 minute halves
for a combined playing time of 60 minutes. Highest score at the end of time, wins. That’s the basics of Roller Derby, but there’s
a few other things you’ll need to know before playing or watching a game. For example:
Pivot One of the blockers on each team will be wearing
a stripe on their helmets. These are the pivots. As well as being a blocker, they dictate the
pace of the pack and they direct team strategy. They also have the special ability to become
the jammer in the middle of the jam. This is done by taking the star from the jammer. Out of bounds. You cannot skate out of the area of the track,
accidentally or otherwise. If you do, you must re-enter the track behind
the opposing teams pivot. Contact. Contrary to popular belief, you cannot punch,
trip, kick, elbow, clothesline, hit or slam your opponent into the floor. Officially, players are allowed to make frontal
and side body contact above the knees, but sometimes players don’t comply. Players who make illegal contact are given
penalties. Penalty
If found guilty of breaking the rules, the referee may award a 30 second penalty against
a player. The offending player must sit in a penalty
box for 30 seconds whilst a jam is in play. If a skater accrues 7 penalties, they are
immediately disqualified from the game. Power Jam
If a jammer is hit with a 30 second penalty, the opposing jammer has 30 seconds to score
as many points as she can, knowing that the other team cannot score. This is known as a power jam and can be a
real advantage to a team. If you have found this video helpful, please
be sure to like share and subscribe. It takes me ages to make one of these things
and good karma is very much appreciated. If you’re on Reddit you can also post this
video and discuss it there, but in the meantime, enjoy roller derby. Ninh Ly – www.ninh.co.uk – @NinhLyUK

The Rules of Roller Derby – EXPLAINED!
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73 thoughts on “The Rules of Roller Derby – EXPLAINED!

  • November 25, 2017 at 8:02 pm
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    Oh boy new vid

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  • November 25, 2017 at 8:09 pm
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    Didn't you do this video already?

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  • November 25, 2017 at 8:10 pm
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    Wait I remember this vid, did this one get taken down or something?

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  • November 25, 2017 at 8:46 pm
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    Why was this re-uploaded

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  • November 25, 2017 at 9:06 pm
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    Ninh explains, the Rules of Roller Derby … again.
    This was uploaded previously, but someone took exception to an image I found on Google.
    Taken down by YouTube, uploaded minus said picture.

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  • November 25, 2017 at 9:16 pm
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    Nice video!

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  • November 25, 2017 at 9:28 pm
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    Did you just redo the whole vid or use the same audio as the old one? I forgot lol

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  • November 25, 2017 at 9:45 pm
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    Thanks for the vid

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  • November 25, 2017 at 9:54 pm
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    Great video Ninh, but I think you missed something. Scenario: Team A’s blockers use clean contact to force Team B’s lead jammer out of bounds. Legal or worth a penalty?

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  • November 25, 2017 at 10:01 pm
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    Oh, I thoughts this video got taken down because some people strongly disagree with this version of roller "derby" being the true future of the once great sport or your missing the origin of the sport.

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  • November 25, 2017 at 10:56 pm
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    Can you do flag football please

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  • November 26, 2017 at 12:51 am
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    Can you do the rules of skiing

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  • November 26, 2017 at 2:33 am
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    Another suggestion Ninh Tag Rugby?

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  • November 26, 2017 at 1:31 pm
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    too bad no pretty girls

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  • November 26, 2017 at 3:45 pm
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    This is absolutely fucking stupid. Just watch proper porn while jacking off instead of this retarded "sport"

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  • November 26, 2017 at 5:21 pm
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    That mustache at 2:11 though O_o

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  • November 26, 2017 at 7:14 pm
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    Do BJJ

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  • November 27, 2017 at 9:18 pm
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    If the jam is the only part of the game where teams can score points, then what happens between jams, and what causes them?

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  • November 29, 2017 at 2:50 am
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    You should do a "rules of kabaddi" Video

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  • December 5, 2017 at 5:51 am
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    I've Been Waiting for this Episode, I Never Understood This Sport Until Now…

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  • December 7, 2017 at 2:02 pm
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    Why does it seem like roller derby is mostly played by women? I don’t think I’ve seen or heard of men playing

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  • December 10, 2017 at 5:20 am
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    You know…. I remember when this sport had its heyday in the 1980s and early 1990s. Amazing to see it make a comeback in this century, though. Great vid once again. 😀

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  • December 14, 2017 at 7:37 am
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    Playing roller hockey would be a thousand times less lame than this. It’s a really boring idea. (Laping opponents to score points.) With a bunch of random ass rules shoehorned in to try to make it seem deeper.

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  • December 17, 2017 at 6:13 pm
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    I really like the content you produce.

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  • December 22, 2017 at 8:57 pm
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    do the rules of aquapuh

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  • January 6, 2018 at 9:06 am
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    Gotham is a real city??

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  • January 7, 2018 at 11:10 pm
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    Super video!!!! My gf plays roller derby and we've had to explain the basics of roller derby to so many friends and family now we'll just show them this.

    I also enjoyed your CFL rules video as I am trying to get into the CFL more. Over all a great channel with rules for strange and foreign sports.

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  • January 14, 2018 at 3:05 am
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    More brutal than that Ellen Page

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  • January 27, 2018 at 8:38 pm
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    I have played roller derby for years. This is a great video to show to new people. HOWEVER there are two ERRORS in the audio commentary.
    1. during a star pass the helmet cover is not "taken by the pivot from the jammer" that would be a penalty. It should state that the helmet cover is removed by the jammer from her own helmet and handed (legally) to the pivot.
    2. the correct description for re-entry to the track after a hit out is that a skater must enter behind the person who hit her out and anyone who was in front of her when she was hit out. The video states that they must re-enter behind the pivot, which is not correct.
    Thanks

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  • January 28, 2018 at 11:45 pm
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    I still don't get it.

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  • February 8, 2018 at 11:42 pm
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    Живут же люди, придумывают себе новые виды спорта, строят площадки… А у нас, б%[email protected]ть, Путин…

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  • February 17, 2018 at 12:13 am
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    I was hoping this would be more like the movie rollerball 😔

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  • March 11, 2018 at 12:13 am
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    thank you for making it captioned!

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  • March 11, 2018 at 3:05 am
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    wishing you all the best karma

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  • April 19, 2018 at 3:49 pm
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    Great explanation.
    There only issue: a player blocked or pushed out of bounds must re-enter the track behind the player that hit them out, or three player that was forward of them. The pivot is not vital for a track cut to o occur.
    You can find this information in the WFTDA rules, under section 4.2.2 (gaining position).

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  • May 2, 2018 at 7:42 pm
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    Loved learning about the derb….that’s what me and my little group like to call it. So fun. Lol 🌈 very informative. Will recommend to my other derby gals! ✋🏼 high five to the creator!

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  • May 3, 2018 at 3:27 am
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    So is this like a race?

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  • May 14, 2018 at 5:19 pm
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    So once you pass the pack you instantly get 4 points or must you run a whole track before getting points? And does overtaking the lead jammer add a point??

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  • May 14, 2018 at 7:13 pm
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    Learning about Roller Derby would have been impossible without this video. Thank from Spain

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  • May 15, 2018 at 12:18 am
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    awesome great job , Love Roller Derby

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  • June 2, 2018 at 8:11 pm
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    I giggled that he used Street Fighter V music for this video.

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  • June 7, 2018 at 4:33 pm
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    To the point, concise, great video footage to go with the explanation!!

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  • June 16, 2018 at 2:37 pm
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    This seemed like a great explanation. We are going to go watch a roller derby tournament today and have never seen the game played before.

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  • June 28, 2018 at 11:21 pm
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    I heard like Monster Jam events (monster truck races) that it's "staged". Is this true?

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  • July 8, 2018 at 12:26 am
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    A lot of jam.

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  • July 14, 2018 at 1:43 pm
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    this is a good and informative video…and btw….a "shout out" to the Gotham Girls!…..you got it goin' on baby!!….and….like they say….."only in NY"….TY

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  • July 17, 2018 at 2:05 pm
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    Girls run about shoving each other on skates LMAO this has to be one of the most ridiculous games I've ever seen! LOL

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  • July 19, 2018 at 1:25 am
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    2:10 that's a dude!

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  • August 5, 2018 at 8:54 pm
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    Y is There 1 Guy With a Porn Mustache Between all These Girl

    Tell me y NOW

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  • August 12, 2018 at 9:06 pm
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    the out of bound rule, if was ever like this, is at least 20 years out of date ! Thanks for the video tho, i always have some trouble to explain the game to neophytes and i will take some ideas

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  • August 19, 2018 at 5:03 am
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    Seems to be a pretty original sport.

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  • August 24, 2018 at 10:25 pm
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    It is interesting to see how the game has changed over the years, For instance, once upon a time, the game was played by both men and women, whereas the following conditions existed:

    1. Women skated odd-numbered periods
    2. Men skated even-numbered periods
    3. There were 8 periods total, each 12 minutes long, with each jam only being 1 minute long.

    Nowadays, the game is mainly played by women, with much different procedures (though there are some men's leagues).

    Still, great video!

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  • September 17, 2018 at 12:02 pm
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    oh come on they should be able to clothesline hit slam & body slam kick elbow in the face as they try to stake by & trip them as they stake their way to top it should be just racing & fighting on stakes the team with most laps & the team left stating wins the fight

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  • September 30, 2018 at 4:55 pm
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    This looks kinda interesting

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  • October 3, 2018 at 8:55 pm
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    1:23 was that a dab

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  • November 7, 2018 at 5:52 pm
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    great video!

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  • November 25, 2018 at 7:19 am
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    It baffles me why Roller Derby hasn't become an Olympic sport yet.

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  • December 22, 2018 at 6:13 pm
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    I would like to see bowling done and it's variations: tenpin, candlepin, duckpin, Canadian five-pin, and German/Dutch bowling, also called ninepins, and maybe even Skittles.

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  • February 9, 2019 at 1:50 am
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    Thanks!

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  • February 13, 2019 at 2:08 am
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    Ohh. Was confusing to look at at first. Roller jam's got me all screwed up

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  • February 23, 2019 at 5:05 am
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    This is a sorry excuse for Roller Derby. They need to rename this crap.

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  • March 13, 2019 at 2:12 am
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    Pause at 1:23

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  • March 19, 2019 at 1:37 am
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    Rules of ice cross just putting that out there

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  • March 26, 2019 at 4:26 pm
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    Rule 12: Must be a fat lesbian

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  • May 4, 2019 at 1:05 am
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    What the fuck is that unholy monstrosity @2:08?

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  • May 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm
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    I still don't get it 🙁

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  • May 21, 2019 at 12:55 am
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    You also forgot an important rule that if you play roller derby, you must talk about it constantly, with as many people (willing or otherwise) as you can find.

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  • June 12, 2019 at 4:47 pm
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    Do men play?

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  • June 23, 2019 at 6:38 pm
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    Thanks for this! I never understood what was happening until now. Great series!

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  • June 28, 2019 at 8:30 am
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    Roller Derby + Hockey = Flat Track Hockey!

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  • July 8, 2019 at 6:15 pm
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    Uhm I love this

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  • August 24, 2019 at 2:18 pm
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    Going to see one today.

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