Get your skates on

COULD you be a Bridlington Brawler Babe?

It’s got nothing to do with what happens in a bar in town on a Saturday night, instead it is the name of Bridlington’s new Roller Derby team who are looking for women to join them.

Established in July, the team train on a Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm at the Bridlington Club for Young People on Thorpe Street.

Team member Claire Potts said: “The team was established by Kelly Thompson.

“For over two years Kelly’s been interested in Roller Derby and being based in Driffield the nearest team was Hull’s Angels.

“Kelly attended a few sessions with Hull but decided the distance was too far to travel on a regular basis so after trying to set up a team in Driffield but receiving no interest, the Bridlington Brawler Babes were born.

“We are now desperate for sponsorship to help us finance practice space, team kit and equipment.”

Bridlington Brawler Babes team member Claire Potts explains why she loves the sport of Roller Derby.

What’s the best thing about Roller Derby?

“It’s about empowering women to get into a non-traditional sport, making it available to women of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds, providing a safe, accepting and supportive environment in which to learn the art of Roller Derby, having the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends, and more importantly, just to have fun and enjoy it as a team sport.”

How many are in a team and how long does it take to get to grips with the game?

“Overall, there can be upwards of 20 girls in a Roller Derby team.

“It can take one or two years for a Roller Derby team to be at the required skill level to participate in a ‘bout’ and as the Bridlington Brawler Babes are only three months old, we’re a long way from competing with other teams as yet but this is definitely a dream we hope to achieve.”

It’s not for the faint-hearted is it?

Roller Derby is a contact sport so it can get quite rough. However, all skaters wear the appropriate protective gear including helmet, gum shield, elbow, knee and wrist pads, and there are strict rules to abide which if disobeyed can result in penalties for your team.

“Skaters are allowed to use the area between their shoulders and mid-thighs to cause obstruction which usually results in players being shoved out of the way or knocked to the floor.”

You need more players. Who can join?

“No experience is necessary but you must be over 18 to take part.

“We would like to encourage more women in the area to take up this great sport and welcome women of all shapes, sizes, and fitness levels.

“For more information about joining Bridlington Brawler Babes please visit our facebook site, pop along to one of our training sessions between 6pm and 7pm on Wednesdays”

ROLLER Derby is played on a flat oval track.

The object of the game is to score the most points by lapping opposing team members on the track.

A Roller Derby game is called a bout, each bout consists of multiple jams and a jam is a two-minute period in which teams attempt to score points.

Each team is made up of five players, one jammer (point scorer), three blockers (defence), and one pivot – the last line of defence and lead blocker who calls the shots.

The players are identified in a game by their helmet covers - stripes for the pivot and stars for the jammers.

The pivots and blockers form a pack at the starting line and start skating on the referee’s first whistle.

The jammers line up 20 feet behind the pack and start skating on the referee’s second whistle.

The aim is for the jammer to push through the pack, and complete a lap by entering the pack.

On doing so, they score one point for every opposing skater they pass.

Meanwhile, the pivots and blockers in the pack are trying to obstruct the opposing jammer from getting through while helping their own jammer advance to score the points.

A CENTRAL part of the game is to choose an alter-ego name to play under. For Bridlington Sadie Honour is Greta Hardblow, Rachael Page is Rach Hell, Kelly Thompson is Kell O Hitty and Claire Potts is Pepperbint Bashy