OSAGE | On Saturday, Nov. 4, the Mitchell County Derby Devils' Jr Roller Derby Team hosted their first roller derby, in Osage, against the Iowa City Bruisers. The Derby Devils are coached by Ivy Needles and Vytal Check.
In October, the Derby Devils were victorious in Iowa City, but on Saturday, the Bruisers evened the score, defeating the Derby Devils 133 to 269.
The Mitchell County Derby Devils will be traveling to Iowa City in December to play again. A portion of the proceeds from the November 4 match were donated to AFTD (Association for frontotemporal degeneration) in honor of Tommy Nash, a former referee for the Dames of Anarchy who was diagnosed with FTD (frontotemporal degeneration) the most common form of dementia for people under 60. At this time, there is no treatment for FTA.
Comprised of two, thirty-minute halves, youth roller derby involves a field of five players at a time from each team, four acting as blockers, while one player acts as the Jammer. Jammers score a point for each player, from the opposing team, they pass. Should a jammer pass all the blockers and lap the opposing team’s Jammer, the maneuver is called a Grand Slam and the team is awarded five points.
Jams run for two minutes, with a jammer losing their lead jammer status if they got to the penalty box. Lead jammer status is determined by who legally gets through the pack first. That jammer also has the power to call off a jam to keep the opposing jammer from being able to score. There are also pivots, players with stripes on their helmets, who may receive the jammers star and take over from the jammer in the middle of a Jam. The rest of the field comprises the pack, which is made up of the largest group of blockers whose job is to protect their jammer, while preventing the other jammer from getting through the pack to score points.
The team practices from 6-7:30 p.m., every Tuesday, at the CRC Events Center, with boys and girls, ages 6-17, being welcome to be a part of the team or just come and watch a practice to see what it is all about.
Participants don't have to know how to roller skate. Coaches will teach everything needed to skate. Bring a helmet, mouth guard, elbow pads, knee pads and wrist guards.
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