App Rollergirls Host Derby 101 Event November 14

The Appalachian Rollergirls, Boone’s new roller derby team, will host a public event called Derby 101 at the National Guard Armory in Boone on Sunday, November 14.
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Date: Sunday, November 14
Time: 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Location: National Guard Armory, Boone
Cost: $10 advance/$12 door

The Appalachian Rollergirls—Boone’s roller derby team—will host Derby 101 on Sunday, November 14, at the National Guard Armory in Boone from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.

The public is invited to watch a demonstration bout, enjoy food and beverages and learn more about the sport of roller derby. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door, and you’ll receive a limited edition Appalachian Rollergirls pint glass with each ticket purchase.

“Basically we’re going to put on a scrimmage and go through the rules,” said Katie Betz, public relations coordinator for the Rollergirls. “[We want to get people] stoked for when we can actually bout.”

Food will be provided by Sledgehammer Charlie’s, and plenty of Appalachian Rollergirls gear will be for sale at the merchandise table.

In a roller derby bout, five members of each team play at a time—four blockers and one jammer. The jammer, whose helmet has a star on it, tries to skate through the “pack”—everyone on the other team—and then scores one point for each opponent passed in the two-minute window after the initial pass through the pack.

The blockers try to protect their jammer, who is the only one who can score points, while simultaneously trying to knock down the opponent’s jammer. Five or more referees are on the rink during each bout, and a bout typically lasts for two hours.

The Appalachian Rollergirls formed in March of this year and have held regular practices since then, first meeting at Skateworld and later moving to the National Guard Armory. The team has a core group of about 20 skaters and about 15 to 20 women who are just getting started—beginners are known as “Fresh Meat.”

The Rollergirls have participated in scrimmages with teams in Greensboro and Johnson City, Tenn., with another planned in Charlotte on November 13. The team is still several months away from its first official bout, however.

The team plans to hold home bouts at the Holmes Convocation Center in Boone, but it will have to find a roller derby floor first. The floors are expensive, and the team will have to raise enough money to purchase one or borrow one in time for its first bout, which is tentatively scheduled for June 2011, Betz said.

Betz said the team is in need of more skaters and people willing to serve as referees and volunteers. The team is also seeking a new practice location.

Advance tickets for Derby 101 are available from any Rollergirls team member and at Boone Drug at Deerfield. The National Guard Armory is located at 274 Hunting Hills Lane in Boone. For more information, email