The first Dimes bout I saw was a blur of helmets and fishnets. Fortunately, the Dimes, anticipating cluelessness such as mine, provide a helpful illustrated introduction to roller derby in their programs. In brief, each team fields five players: one jammer (identifiable by her star-covered helmet) and four blockers. The two jammers compete to pass successfully through the pack, scoring points for each skater from the opposing team that they pass. The blockers, meanwhile, switch between offense and defense as they work to allow safe passage for their jammer and obstruct the opposing jammer.
The Derby Dimes are a completely DIY, skater-owned league. In three years membership has doubled, from fifty to more than 100 skaters and volunteers. Their popularity is evident in the loud and supportive crowds that attend their home bouts. You'll get your chance to cheer the Bruisers and the Brawlstars on to victory at the final home bout of the season, on September 21 at Buhr Park.
[Originally published in September, 2013.]