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Roughneck Roller Derby

Roughneck Roller Derby is a roller derby league established in 2012 and based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As a non-profit organization, Roughneck Roller Derby remains dedicated to the sport and proudly stands as a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association committed to fostering an inclusive and enjoyable environment for all genders and the LGBTQIA2S+ community. Off the track, Roughneck Roller Derby is a tight-knit group and can often be found together during birthdays, nights out, and volunteer events.

 

Born from the former Green Country Roller Girls, Roughneck Roller Derby has evolved into a vibrant community of over fifty skaters, referees, and NSOs, organized into five teams: Roughnecks, Tulsa Elite, Cherry Bombs, Red Dirt Rollers, and Roadkill Rollers. Tulsa Elite, formed in 2018, competes in sanctioned games as the league's WFTDA charter team, while Roughnecks serve as the B Team. Cherry Bombs and Red Dirt Rollers are our home teams, and Roadkill Rollers are our open-gender Juniors team for skaters aged seven to seventeen. Join us in experiencing the excitement of roller derby with Roughneck Roller Derby – where the atmosphere is welcoming, action-packed, and fun for all. 

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Photo by Les Stockton (2023)

Giving Back

Roughneck Roller Derby is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. The league is owned and operated by unpaid league members who contribute their time and talents to make the league successful. Revenue is generated from event ticket and merchandise sales, sponsorship contributions, and donations. Each event features a charitable partner local to the Tulsa area to receive a portion of the proceeds raised. Without the support of the local community, Roughneck Roller Derby could not grow and prosper. The league participates in community events whenever possible and is always interested in hearing new opportunities to give back. 

WFTDA Rules of Play

Two teams of up to 15 skaters each play two 30 minute halves with a halftime in between. Gameplay is broken up into jams which may last up to 2 minutes unless the lead jammer calls it off by tapping their hips. Players can legally block with their hips, butt, and shoulders. Referee and Non-Skating Officials ensure skaters play by the rules. If penalized, a skater must go to the box for 30 seconds and their team must play short a skater. 

Jammers, identified by a star helmet cover, aim to pass all opposing blockers to score points. Each blocker passed after completing the first lap earns one point. The first jammer to legally pass the pack is lead jammer.  

 

Blockers are responsible for playing defense against the opposing team’s jammer and providing offense for their own jammer. Each team may have up to 4 blockers on the track at a time. the largest group of blockers from each  team forms the pack. one of the blockers will be a Pivot, identified by A center stripe helmet cover.

 

Pivots can become their team’s jammer through a star pass. This star pass occurs when the jammer hands the pivot the star helmet cover while both skaters are upright, in bounds, and in play. 

We are committed to upholding the integrity of the game, ensuring a thrilling and sportsmanlike experience for both our players and fans. Find out more about WFTDA rules by visiting the WFTDA Rules Page.

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