Eating the Baby While Getting a Golden Unicorn With Your Derby Wife

Since I’m running late and I just woke up from a long name, I decide to just throw something together.  And that something is a bit of slang I’ve found for derby.  Maybe you’ll understand things I’m saying in the future.

For the record I have neither a derby name of derby wife.  I hope to correct both soon.


2 More Jams
There is never a last jam in a scrimmage.  There is always one more.  This comes from a superstition that if there is ever a last jam someone will be injured. “It’s 21:29 and we have to pack up at 21:30,  2 More Jams then!”.

27 in 5
The Minimum Skill Requirement of skating 27 laps of the track in under 5 minutes.

4th Minor
If a skater picks up 4 minor penalties they are sent to the penalty box for 1 minute.

9 Month Injury

Association of Flat Track Derby Announcers.  The AFTDA is an organistion dedicated to ensuring that announcers at roller derby events the world over adhere to standard behaviours and codes of conduct.  They also provide certification as a means of testing announcers on their knowledge of the rules, hand signals and the AFTDA handbook and code of conduct.

One of the designated people allowed to speak to the Referees during a bout.

An engagement with a team mate which helps them.  This may be a whip or a push.

Skate Part. The axle holds the bearing and wheel.

B2, B3, B4
Terms for the blocker positions.  B4 is normally the big hitter that hangs about at the back to kill jammers

Any contact to the back of the torso, booty, or legs of an opponent. It is not considered blocking from behind if the Blocker is positioned behind the opponent (as demarked by the hips) but  takes contact to a legal target zone.

Banked Track
A form of Roller Derby on a track with banked sides.

Barcode Meeting
See Official Timeout

Skate Part.  The bearing fits inside the wheel and is the bit that makes it spin properly.

Bearing Press
A tool used to insert bearings into wheels. Often they can be used to remove bearings from wheels.

Beaver Cleaver
slang. A backwards chop with the hand that lands in the crotch of the skater behind.

Bench Manager
Each team is allowed to have extra personnel in the bench area during a bout.  These are normally the bench manager and the lineup manager.  The bench manager decides on tactics, shouts advice from the sidelines and also keeps an eye out on points being scored and penalties accrued in case they need to challenge a decision. See also Lineup Manager.

Bettering Your Position
Improving your position while out of bounds by passing an upright and skating player who is in bounds and re-entering the track in front of her.

Big 5
The “Big 5” tournaments are the four Regional Playoff Tournaments and the WFTDA Championship tournament held each year that determine the top teams of the WFTDA.

Big 5 Setup
This is the track layout used in the Big 5 tournament bouts.  The penalty box is located in the centre of the home straight, between the jam line and pivot line. The team benches are located either side of the penalty box.

Bleacher Creatures
The wonderful fans!

Blocking is any movement on the track designed to impede or dislocate an opponent. Blocking includes the possible counter-blocking motion initiated by the opponent to counteract the block; counter-blocking is treated as a block and held to the same standards and rules. Blocking need not include contact. Impeding the movement of an opposing skater by hitting her or positioning yourself in her path.

Blockers are the positional players that form the pack. The Pivot Blocker is one of the four Blockers per team allowed in each jam

Blocking Zone
Areas of the body that may be used to hit an opponent when performing ablock.

Booty Block
hit to an opponent using the hips or ass

A bout or game is composed of sixty (60) minutes of play divided into two periods of thirty (30) minutes played between two teams.

The uniform of the skater

Boutmas Eve
The night before a bout when all good rollergirls get excited and go to bed early so that bout day comes quicker.

Blocker moving away from the body of the pack but still remaining within proximity to be counted as part of the pack.  This extends the engagement zone from that player and so allows another blocker to chase out.

Broller Derby
See Merby

Bus Queue
A penalty box with a number of skaters sitting and standing at the same time, resembling a group of potential passengers awaiting the arrival of the Number 32.

Butt to the Gutt
See Sit Block

Cake Sale
A period of increased activity at the Sin Bin.  When lots of players are being sent to the box in the same jam.  Coined by Sven WillIBeFamous.

Call off the Jam
The lead Jammer has the option to end the jam at any point by touching her hips repeatedly.

Can Opener
block where the blocker is side by side with the target.  The Blocker drops low and throws their shoulder into the targets chest area throwing them backwards.

Throwing a Team mate into the path of an opposing player. See “Punish the Bullet, Not the Gun”

block where the blocker is side by side with the target and then laterals quickly across the front of the target impacting with her front.  The c-block name comes from the skates almost carving a c shaped path on the track.

Cherry Popper
A Skate in their first bout.

Contact Zone
Areas of the body that may be used to give or receive a hit

Alternate name for Poodling. From “Trying to pick up a minor”.

Counter-blocking is any motion/movement towards an oncoming block by the receiving skater which is designed to counteract an opponent’s block. Counterblocking is treated as a block and held to the same standards and rules. Standing up, turning away, ducking, etc is not considered counter-blocking.

An abrasion caused by the velcro of another players pad rubbing against skin.  From Velcro Kiss.

A Stride in skating where the skater steps across with one foot while pushing with the trailing foot.

Cutting the Track
Penalty. Cutting the track is a penalty when you pass players whilst out of bounds.  The penalty applies when the player

Derby Deeds

Derby Name
See Skate Name

Derby Owned
This is normally attached to businesses which are run by skaters to cater for skaters.

Derby Virgin
A First time spectator

Derby Wife
A derby wife is another skater who has your back.  They are the person who sticks up for you on and off track, and will support you throughout your derby career.

Clothing company specialising in apparel for Roller Derby

Counter-clockwise.  The normal direction of Gameplay in Roller Derby

Designated Alternate
The Captain selects an additional person to act in their stead; this person is the Designated Alternate. The Designated Alternate may be another skater, coach or manager. The Designated Alternate must be one of the sixteen individuals described in Section 2.1.4. A team shall only have one Designated Alternate.

Diamond Unicorn
8 Grand Slams in a row (or a 40 – 44 point jam). See Unicorn

A form of transition.

Skaters are considered down if they have fallen, been knocked to the ground or have taken a knee. Skaters on one knee are considered down. After downing herself or falling, a skater is considered down until she is standing, stepping, and/or skating. Stationary standing players are not considered down.

Duck Walk
A method of accelerating on skates.  The feet are placed at 45 degree angles to the body (making a v shape in front of the skater) and then the skater starts stepping forward.

A rating for wheels or bushings.  Relates to the Shore Hardness scale.  As a general rule the lower the number the softer and therefore grippier the wheel.  Derby wheels generally sit in the range of 80A – 105A.  For more in depth info see

Eat The Baby
When the pack catches up with and swallows the jammer after she has left the engagement zone.

Any sort of interaction with another skater on the track during a jam. (See also Assist and Block)

Engagement Zone
The zone in which skaters may legally engage. The legal Engagement Zone extends from twenty (20) feet behind the rearmost pack member to twenty (20) feet in front of the foremost pack member, between the inside and outside track boundaries. Jammers may engage each other outside of the Engagement Zone.

To remove a skater from the remainder of the game for serious physical violence or any action deemed by the officials to cause an extraordinary physical threat to others.

Falling Small
Falling with the arms and legs controlled, tucked in to the body, and not flailing

False Start
Jammers have to start the jam behind the jam line and blockers have to be between the pivot line and the jam line.  If a player is out of position on track when the whistle is blown then they will pick up a false start penalty.  The level of the penalty depends on whether they yield the advantage they have gained.

Fat Controller
A wall where one player skates backwards in front of the wall and physically directs the rest of the wall with pushes and pulls.

The roller derby equivalent of a cheerleader in other sports. Same deal – Team colours, Pom poms but way more attitude.

Fireman Line
A line of Blockers skating one behind the other and all holding onto the blocker in front resembling a line of firemen holding a hose.

Fishnet Burns
A variety of Rink Rash involving fishnet stockings which leaves criss cross pattern on the affected area

Roller Derby Magazine

Flat Track
Roller Derby variant played on a completely flat surface.  The most popular form of Roller Derby mainly because specialist tracks are not needed and tracks can be laid out on any flat floor using tape.

Fouling Out
To remove a skater for the remainder of the game for excessive turns served in the penalty box.

Fresh Meat
A new skater that has not completed minimum skills.

Fruit Boots
See Inlines

See Bout

Game Roster
The skaters that are actually suited up and eligible to play on game day

Extra padding usually worn beneath the knee or elbow pads.

Ghost Points
Points that a jammer can accrue without having to pass the player.  Examples of ghost points include players not on the track, players in the penalty box and players outside of the engagement zone.

Giner Shiner
A bruise of the crotch caused by falling on a skate.  See Skate Rape

A goat is a player held behind a wall with the effect of controlling the packspeed.  Often referred to as Getting a Goat or Grabbing a Goat.

Golden Unicorn
6 Grand Slams in a row (or a 30 – 34 point jam). See Unicorn

Gotham Web
A wall where the blockers reach out and touch either the hips or shoulders of the other blockers in the wall creating a web of legs and arms

Grand Slam
Picking up the full complement of 5 points for passing the pack and lapping the opposing Jammer, See Jammer Lap Point

Gross Misconduct
An indiscretion so serious that it justifies the instant expulsion of a skater, even on the first occurrence.

Helmet Cover
A stretchy fabric cover to be worn over the helmet by the Jammer and Pivot.  The Jammers Helmet Cover has a Star on each side. The Pivot helmet cover has a Stripe running from front to back down the middle of the cover.

Helmet Tapper
A jam where one jammer is continually lapping the other. From the tapping of the wrist guard against the helmet of the Jam Ref whenever his jammer is being lapped. “This jam is turning into a real helmet tapper marty…”

Hip Check
hit to an opponent using the hips

Hip Whip
whip taken from a teammate by grabbing their hips and pulling yourself forward.

Any form of check or contact blocking manoeuvre

Hit it and Quit It
Scoring 1 pass and then calling the jam off before  the opposing jammer can get through the pack.

Skate Part. Wheels.  Hybrids are wheels which are designed to be the best of both worlds.  They provide good amounts of roll and grip. Examples of Hybrids are Atom Poisons and Reidell Shadows.

Illegal Procedures
Technical infractions that give the offending team an advantage but do not directly impact a specific opponent.

A foul has an impact on safety or game play when a measurable physical force or effect can be observed.

In Bounds
A skater is in bounds as long as all parts of the skater’s body and equipment that are in contact with the ground are within or on the track boundary. If a skater jumps, and ceases all contact with the ground her prior in bounds/out of bounds status is maintained until contact with the ground re-establishes in bounds/out of bounds status. In bounds skaters are not necessarily in play.

In Play
When a skater is positioned within the Engagement Zone and is in bounds, she is in play and may legally block and assist. Downed players are not in play. Jammers may engage each other anywhere inside the track boundaries for the duration of the jam, but must be within the Engagement Zone in order to legally initiate engagement with Blockers

The area in the centre of the track.  The is where the Inside Pack Refs and Jam refs skate and also where NSOs and NSO equipment is placed.

Initial Pass
The first pass a Jammer makes through the pack. No score is awarded on this pass; it is only used to establish the Lead Jammer.

Initiator of the Block
The skater who makes contact with a target zone of an opponent is the initiator of the block. The initiator of a block is always responsible for the legality of the contact.

These are skates with all the wheels mounted in a straight line down centre of the boot.

Willfully failing to comply with a referee’s orders.

Jams are two (2) minute races between teams to score points.

Jam Line
The Jam line is the line on the track where the jammers start. The Jammers must be on or behind this line when the jam starts or they will pick up a false start penalty.  The jam line is situated 30 feet behind the pivot line.

Jammers are the point scorers for their teams. Each team is permitted one Jammer per jam. The Jammers are identified by stars on their helmet cover.

Jammer Lap Point
If one Jammer completely laps the opposing Jammer, she will score an additional point each time she fully laps her. Exceptions occur when the opposing Jammer is not on the track

Jammerless Jam
A jam in which there is a period of time with no jammer on the track as both are in the penalty box.  This is outlined in section 7.4.1. of the WFTDA Rules

See Can Opener

See Fearleader

Juking is the act of feinting and dodging to try and send a blocker in one direction while you go the other.

Jump the Apex
A move where the skater cuts the inside of the track by jumping over it.  A move which is legal as long as the skater jumps from in-bounds, lands in-bounds and does not make contact with any other skaters in the process.

Imaginary lanes on a derby track. Used by some coaches/blockers in training and drills.

A complete pass through the pack; this may require more than one trip around the track.

Lap of Dishonour
The route an expelled skater takes when heading for the locker room.

Lead Jammer
The Lead Jammer is the first Jammer to pass the foremost in-play Blockerlegally and in bounds, having already passed all other Blockers legally and in bounds.

Lineup Manager
The lineup manager is in charge of sending the right players out onto track at the right time in the right positions.  See also Bench Manager

Loss of Relative Position
When a skater’s position in relation to other skaters on the track is lost for  sustained period of time due to the actions of an opponent, such as a legal block or an illegal block. Being forced out of bounds is always to be considered a loss of relative position.

Low Block
A Trip or Low Block is any contact which lands on an opponent’s feet or legs, below the legal target zone, that causes the skater to stumble or fall.

Major Penalty
A foul that has a measurable physical force or effect which causes harm or adversely affects the game. Assessed if the infraction has extensive impact on safety or game play.

Mens Derby Coalition
the original name of the mens derby governing body. It was officially changed in 2011 to Mens Roller Derby Association.

Mens Roller Derby

The Men’s European Roller Derby Championships. First held at the Futsal Arena, Birmingham, England on the weekend on 28th/29th July 2012.  The first winners were Southern Discomfort Roller Derby.

Minor Penalty
A foul that has a measurable physical force or effect but does not cause harm or adversely affect the game. Assessed if the infraction has limited impact on safety or game play.

Wrongful or improper behaviour motivated by intentional purpose or obstinate indifference to the rules.

Mr Wilson
Falling onto your back/ass with your feet and legs straight out in front of you.  This is the way the Mr Wilson always falls when he steps on Dennis’ skateboard. Taken from Skateboarding slang

Mens Roller Derby Association.  Formerly MDC or Mens Derby Coalition. Often pronounced ‘Murder’.

Multi-player Block
Blocking with multiple players via a grabbing, holding, linking or joining fashion that impedes an opponents’ movement

Common pronunciation of MRDA

Natural Grand Slam
A Grand Slam where the jammer lap point is gained by lapping the jammer on track and not from a NOTT point/Ghost Point. See Grand Slam.

See Fresh Meat

A grand slam of 5 points. “And Team Scotlands Clinically Wasted picks up another nickel” See Jammer Lap Point, Grand Slam

Nickel and Diming
The style of play of picking up 4 or 5 points and then calling the jam off.

No Douchebag Rules
Rule employed when scrimmaging with newer players. This basically means that the more experienced players rein in the big hits and sneaky tactics.

No Pack
There is no pack when there is not a group of Blockers (from both teams) skating within proximity to each other or when there are two or more equally numbered groups of Blockers not skating within proximity to each other.

No-ller Derby
Ajam where neither team moves at all at the start and so the clock ticks down with the jammers never being released.  This happened most recently several times in a row during the 2011 Westerns Rocky Mountain vs Oly bout.

Non-scoring Pass
The initial pass that the jammers make in the jam is the non scoring pass

Not Lead
A Jammer without Lead Jammer Status

Non Skating Official.  NSOs assist the referees by recording the score, recording and timing the penalties, timing the jams and updating the scoreboards.

Off To The Races
Expression normally employed when a jammer or jammers breaks out of the pack and takes off at full speed.

Official Timeout
Referees timeout which can be taken for a number of reasons including score/rule queries, safety issues or biscuit discussion

Shortened form of Oly Rollers, a WFTDA team from Olympia, WA. WFTDA champions in 2009.

Original Dust Devil
WFTDA’s first event, held February 24-26, 2006 at Bladeworld in Tucson, AZ. It served as the first National Championship, crowning the Texacutioners the sport’s first national champs who defeated the hosting Tucson Saddletramps. It was also the first public use of standardized rules, WFTDA 1.0. It was played by 20 teams:

AZRD – Arizona Roller Derby

Assassination City Derby – Dallas

Atlanta Rollergirls

Bay Area Derby Girls

Carolina Rollergirls – Raleigh

Dallas Derby Devils

Duke City Derby – Albecerque (Sp?) NM

Gotham Girls Roller Derby

Houston Roller Derby

Kansas City Roller Warriors

Mad Rollin’ Dolls (Madison, WI)

Minnesota Roller Girls (St. Paul, MN)

Providence Roller Derby – RI

Rat City Rollergirls – Seattle, WA

Rocky Mountain Rollergirls – Denver

Rose City Rollers – Portland

Sin City Rollergirls – Las Vegas

Texas Rollergirls – Austin, TX

Tucson Roller Derby – Tucson, AZ (host)

Windy City Rollers (Chicago)

Your finish in this tournament served as the initial rankings, upon which we’ve voted on and assigned based on playoff tournaments ever since.

The tournament name has been used by Tucson, however, the original Dust Devil was the only time it served as the National Championship Tournament. There were no Regional Tournaments. Teams qualified if they had two public bouts

The Old School Derby Association was formed in 2007 and combines the modern rules of roller derby with the old school banked tracked rules.  OSDA is open to women, men, co-ed, flat and banked leagues

Out Of Bounds
A skater is out of bounds when any part of the skater’s body or equipment is touching the ground beyond the track boundary. If a skater jumps, and ceases all contact with the ground her prior in bounds/out of bounds status is maintained until contact with the ground re-establishes in bounds/out of bounds status. Out of Bounds skaters are not in play.

Out Of Pack
A skater is out of pack when she is more than ten (10) feet from the nearest pack skater but within twenty (20) feet of the nearest pack skater.

Out Of Play
Blocker that is positioned more than twenty (20) feet outside the pack, out of bounds, or down is out of play. A Jammer that is out of bounds is out of play.

Pace line
a Line of skaters approximately arm’s length apart keeping the same speed.  Often used in drills.

The pack is defined by the largest group of Blockers, skating in proximity, containing members from both teams. The Jammers are independent of this definition.

Pack Is Here Jesus
website/meme.  Facebook group which started collecting non derby pictures which resembled people showing the “Pack Is Here” referee hand signal. Named after a statue of Jesus in this pose.

Pad Stink
The bad smell that seems to cling to roller derby safety equipment no matter how much you wash it. Most Derbygirls seem to become immune to the effects.  Some actively encourage it.

Skaters are required to wear Knee and Elbow pads along with Wrist Guards, a gumshield and a Helmet as the minimum safety equipment.

See Helmet Cover

Panty Pass
See Star Pass

Panty Slide
see Baseball Slide

To pass is to move in front of an opposing skater by positioning your hips in front of hers. A pass begins with the Jammer behind the pack and ends when the Jammer has cleared the pack by twenty feet. To begin the next pass, the Jammer must fully lap the pack and catch up to the back of the pack.

An Assist where one player stands on their toe stops and whips a teammate around themselves over out of bounds area of the track.

The punishment meted out for infringement of the game rules.

Penalty Box
The area where skaters must serve time for committing fouls.  The Penalty box comprises of 6 chairs (3 per team) and is demarcated by a Point of No Return 10 foot from the edge of the chairs. Skaters must enter the penalty box in a counter-clockwise direction.

Penalty Killing
The act of trying to stop points scored by the opposition when they have a powerjam.

Philly Wall
A wall made of blockers facing each other, across the track, touching palm to palm

Blocker with a front to back stripe on the helmet

Pivot Line
The pivot line is the line that all blockers must start behind. The pivot line is situated 30 feet in front of the jam line and at the top of the straight before turn 1.

Platinum Unicorn
7 Grand Slams in a row (or a 35 -39 point jam). See Unicorn

Plow Stop
A method of Slowing down and/or stopping which involved spreading your feet wide and pointing the toes inwards much like a skier.

Point of No Return
A line demarcating where the penalty box ends.  If a skater passes the point of no return they must skate round the track in the ref lane again to enter the penalty box from a counter-clockwise direction.

The act of standing out of position before thejam starts so that a 4th minor is picked up as soon as the jam starts.  Usually employed on jammers to clear their minor penalties down before they next go on trackas a jammer.

Positional Blocking
A.K.A. Body Blocking, Frontal Blocking, Passive Blocking. Passive blocking is blocking without contact, positioning yourself in front of an opposing skater to impede her movement on the track. It may also be done unintentionally, if the blocking skater is not aware of the skater’s position behind her.

When the opposing jammer is not on track the team with the jammer is referred to as having a powerjam.  It is named so as their jammer has the opportunity to score points without the opposing team also scoring.

A measure of distance for in play skaters that is defined as skating not more than ten feet in front of or behind the nearest pack skater.

Punish the Bullet, Not the Gun
Phrase used by refs to explain who picks up a penalty if a CannonBalled player commits a foul as a result of being thrown/assisted.

Skate Part. Wheels.  Pushers are grippy wheels which are used in combination with Tuners.  Pushers are the wheels which are used when cornering and when accelerating.

Quad skates.  These are skates which have 4 wheels, one mounted in each corner of the skate.  These are the only style of skate allowed to be worn by players.  Refs are allowed to wear inlines.

Queen of the Track
Drill/Game.  There are many variations of this game however the main theme is that players attempt to put each other down or out of bounds.  Once a player is down or out they are out of the game.  The last skater left in is declared queen of the track.

Rainbow Unicorn
10 Grand Slams in a Row (or any jam scoring over 50 points). See Unicorn

Roller Derby Association of Canada

See Waterfall

A skater positioning herself in front of an opponent who has already passed her.


Ref Lane
The 10 foot safety zone around the outside of the track.  This is where the Outside Pack Refs skate their normal line.  Skaters also use the ref lane to skate to the penalty box.

Relative Position
The position a skater holds in relation to other skaters on the track.

The act of passing an opponent who has already been passed during the current lap. If the Jammer drops back behind an opponent that she passed illegally, by being reengaged or repositioning herself, she may attempt to pass her again legally.

Rink Rash
Grazing or friction burns caused by sliding on the track

Roller Derby Saved My Soul
Song.  Uncle Leon and the Alibis song about our favourite sport.  Almost an unofficial theme song.

Annual Roller Derby Convention

Generic name for a skater in Roller Derby.

Having multiple derby wives

Rugby Start
A start where there is a rugby style scrum around the pivot line with the jammers trying to find a way through the tussle.

See Goat

School Chair Skittles
The act of scattering the penalty box chairs in an overzealous attempt at getting into the box quickly.

Scoring Pass
Any pass a Jammer makes through the pack after the completed initial pass. Points may only be earned on scoring passes. A Jammer Lap Point is independent of this definition.

A practice of gameplay.  Normally abbreviated to Scrim

A rugby style scrum of players.  Usually seen during the jam line start tactic where all the blockers are huddled together with the jammers fighting to get through.

Seal Clubbing
A shoulder check from behind to the outside of the shoulder made with the upper arm/shoulder of the initiator. Normally a movement with only the upper body designed to throw a hit at the opposing player when close up.

Self Assist
a blocker or jammer usually hip whipping themselves off a teammate to pass opponents.

Sheriff Block
Another name for the Can Opener –  It’s a move made famous by Helen Wheels, one of the sport’s early skaters who played with AZRD. AZRD’s travel team is the Tent City Terrors, a band of prisoner’s on the lam. AZRD often skated under different names for inter-league than league play. Helen was dressed as the Sheriff on the lam with the prisoners and their go to jammer. Her skate name on the Terrors was “Sheriff Shutyopieo,” sounding like Sheriff Shut Your Pie Hole. She was the first to use the move in inter-league play and the name “Sheriff” stuck. (Thanks to Bobby Nox for this explanation!)

Short Forward
Plate mounting style.  A plate shorter than the boot is mounted forward on the boot so that the rear wheels are under the arch of the foot.

Shorted Skater
The skater serving a penalty in the penalty box

Sin Bin
The Penalty Box

Sit Block
A booty block where the blocker in front sits back into the lap of the player(normally a jammer) behind them in order to slow them down and stop them getting past. Once slowing down the opposing jammer, the blocker squats down farther, protruding her booty into the jammer behind her. This “butt in the gut” allows the blocker to literally stall and move the jammer at will.

Skate Fast, Turn Left
Common slogan outlining the basics of being a Roller Derby Player.

Skate Name
Most skaters opt to take a pseudonym for their on track alter ego.  Often these are puns or parodies of celebrity names mixed with a violent or ghoulish nature.  Examples of skate names are Suzy Hotrod, Bonnie Thunders, Juicy Lucy.

The introduction of the teams to the crowd.  Some skateouts are simple with the team skating in a pack and as their name is called by the announcer they give a wave.  Some are super elaborate and involve glow sticks, flags, custom costumes and laser light shows.  Normally accompanied by the teams chosen theme song.

Skate Rape
Falling on a skate in a sensitive area and feeling slightly violated afterwards.

Skater Tot
See Fresh Meat

To move side to side by altering the angle of the skates like a slalom skier.

Slow-ller Derby
Derby played at a crawl speed with both teams jostling almost on the spot to try and slow the game down.

Snow Plow
See Plow Stop

Soul Crush
The Soul Crush refers to a move where a blocker knocks an opposing jammer or blocker (depending on the situation) out of bounds and then the blocker skates backwards on the track forcing the opposing player to either skate back to re-enter behind him or take the track cut penalty.  When it is the opposing jammer that is knocked out of play, a smart pack will all start to skate backwards in the hopes that a less-experienced pack will also skate backwards.  This happens quite a bit and is amazing to see executed well.  The name refers to the fact that you are crushing the soul of your opponent.

Leading into a block helmet first

See Pad Stink

Star Pass
Tactical Manoeuvre where the jammer gives the helmet cover to the pivot and the pivot becomes the jammer for the remainder of the jam.

A non-skating person, either a crowd member, NSO or injured skater

Straddling Skater
Skaters are straddling the track boundary line when they are simultaneously touching both inside and outside the track boundary line.

Straight Back Up!
Mantra of some Rollergirls when a teammate falls

Replacing a skater on the track or in the penalty box with another skater.

Suicide Seats
The section of seats closest to the track.  Normally on the floor these are the best place to see the action but also the most likely place to end up with a ref or rollergirl in your lap.

To remove a skater from more than one game.

Pulling yourself through a pack of players using a swimming motion.  Often a Newbie thing that leads to many a forearms penalty.

Taking a Knee
Most commonly seen as a tactic to start the jammers straight away taking a knee is where all blockers on one team kneel down before the jam start forcing an immediate no pack situation.  Taking a Knee also refers to the courtesy that is afforded whenever a skaters goes down injured and stays down.  While they are being seen to on track it is etiquette for all skaters to kneel.

Target Zone
Areas of the body on an opponent that a skater may hit when performing a block

Team Zebra Fan Club
Appreciation society for all fans of roller derby officials

The Flying Squirrel
An egregious foul where one skater takes down an opponent by leaving her feet and generally tackling the opponent. This foul, if seen, leads to expulsion.

The Star
The Jammer’s Helmet Cover

Things in Real Life That Remind You Of Roller Derby
website/meme. Facebook page started at around the same time as Pack is Here Jesus this website collects non derby photos of Things in Real Life That Remind you of Roller Derby

This is How I Roll
Film.  2012 film detailing the rise of Mens Roller Derby, and following New York Shock Exchange (NYSE)

Toe Guard
Skate Part. A strip of leather which wraps the front of the skate to prevent damage to the boot beneath when sliding on the knees.

Toe Stop
Skate Part. The hardware on the skate designed to act as a brake.

Toe Stop Start
A method of accelerating by running on the toe stops of the skates.

The oval shaped course that the skaters try to stay on.

Training Wheeler
See Fresh Meat

Turning to face the opposite direction when skating.

See Low Block

Truck and Trailer
when two teammates skate, one directly in front of the other, with the front (truck) pulling the back (trailer). Can be an effective method of getting a jammer through a pack.

Skate Part.  The truck connects to the plate and holds the axles in place.  These can be adjusted to change the amount of flex in the skate changing the way skate turns.

A method of slowing down and/or stopping which involves placing the one foot behind the other to form a T shape.  The rear skates wheels are dragged along acting as a brake.

Skate Part. Wheels.  Tuners are slippy, hard wheels which are used for maximum speed.  Often combined with Pushers to make a custom setup for grip and speed.

Turn Stop
A stop where the skater transitions and then rises onto the toe stops or drags a toestop while transitioning.

Turns 1,2,3,4
Naming convention for the corners on the track.  Turn 1 is the first corner after the pivot line and then they follow on in a counter clockwise direction from there with turn 4 being the last corner before the Jam line

5 Grand Slams in a row (or a 25 – 29 point jam).  Named after the mythical creature of legend.

USARS is an acronym that stands for USA Roller Sports. It’s a form of insurance that is required for skaters by most roller derby leagues in the United States

2 or more players skating shoulder to shoulder to impede opposing skaters.

A formal verbal indication from the referee that play is improper and that a skater must take corrective action.

We’re Number 2!
Chant popularised from the film Whip It.  Chanted by the losing team at the end of a bout.

The Womens Flat Track Derby Association. Often Pronounced ‘Woof-tuh-duh’.

An Assist. Whips can be given or taken.  To give a whip 1 player grabs another and propels them forward.  To take a whip 1 player grabs another and pulls themselves forward.

Whip It
Film. 2009 indie film starring Ellen Paige, Juliette Lewis and Drew Barrymore. Even though it is based around Banked Track this film brought a lot of popularity to the sport(both banked track and flat track) worldwide.

Winning the After Party
Out dancing or out drinking the opposing team at the afterparty

Common pronunciation of WFTDA

Yoga Starts
Term given to a line of kneeling blockers trying to cover the entire width of the track at the jam line.

A referee.  Named from the distinctive black and white stripes and the need to travel in herds for safety

Zebra Huddle
See Official Timeout

See Zebra