Photos by: Chrystal Earhart Photographer / Lance Hardwood Photos / D. Babao Photography
Formed in 2010, Border City Brawlers is Windsor’s first and only flat-track roller derby league, and a not-for-profit organization. As a “for the skaters, by the skaters” operation, the league prioritizes inclusivity, athleticism and leader development.
What is derby?
Roller derby is a contact sport played by two teams, each made up of 15 members, who are roller skating around a track for points. 5 skaters from each team take the track at a time, one wears a star on their helmet, they are the jammer and responsible for scoring the points. It is the job of the other 4 skaters, the blockers, to prevent the opposing jammer from scoring. These skaters will take the track for a maximum of 2 minutes in what is called a 'jam', similar to a shift in hockey. Each jammer laps as many blockers as they can, as many times as possible before the jam runs out. A bout last two 30 minutes halves, and can go into overtime just like many other sports.