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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.
Every bout is a show in itself but the matchup scheduled for Saturday, August 23rd may be the biggest of the year. It's the Dixie Derby Girls annual Skate Wars bout and carries a Star Wars theme. Special guests, including Darth Vader, will be at the event - held at the National Speleological Society Conference Center at 6001 Pulaski Pike NW in Huntsville.
It's also the team's Military Appreciation Weekend. Active and retired military members get in for a discounted ticket price of $8. Regular adult tickets are $12. Children 7-12 are $3. Under seven is free. A percentage of profits will go to Still Serving Veterans.
The doors will open at the NSS Conference Center at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The bout starts at 6:00 p.m. Four local food trucks will be on-site to serve hungry fans.