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Bellingham’s Roller Betties Bring All-Female, Do-It-Yourself, Flat-Track Derby to Town

Not familiar with how works? Here’s the rundown:

Two teams of five — made up of four blockers (the “pack”) and one point-scoring player (the “jammer”) — battle

The Betties were born in 2006, when a group of women decided it was time to bring roller derby to town, and the group shows no signs of slowing down. The sport is as popular as ever, with leagues in nearby Vancouver, Seattle and Olympia.

 

The Roller Betties play flat-track roller derby on an oval surface and follow rules set by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (). Each bout is broken up into two 30-minute halves, which include a series of shorter jams (up to two minutes long).

 

The Betties were born in 2006, when a group of women decided it was time to bring roller derby to town, and the group shows no signs of slowing down. The sport is as popular as ever, with leagues in nearby Vancouver, Seattle and Olympia.

 

Are you a roller derby newbie? No worries. The Roller Betties have brought the sport to Bellingham — and you are welcome to join in or simply take in several bouts a year.

 

Four teams make up Bellingham’s Roller Betties league: Blunt Force Trauma, The Cog Blockers, Team FLASH, and Tough Love. Photo courtesy of Kim Lincoln.

 

 

 

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