HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Huntsville Stars may leave town but the Rocket City’s second longest-standing sports team has no intention of going anywhere. In fact, the Dixie Derby Girls are rolling right along.
If you’ve never caught a roller derby bout, team members say it’s a great spectator sport. Fans sit just yards from the action. While it may take a game or two to catch on to the strategy, programs provide information on the basic rules and scoring.
As League President Roni Landon explains, there’s a pack of skaters and a jammer for each team. The pack tries to keep the opposing team’s jammer from breaking through them, while at the same time helping their own jammer make it through the crush of opponents. The jammer, who is recognized by the star on her helmet, scores a point for each blocker she passes.