Today (3/31): Oly Rollers host Easter derby doubleheader
The Oly Rollers host doubleheader derby action tonight when they welcome San Diego Roller Derby to Skateland! The Oly Rollers USARS squad will take on the San Diego Starlettes and the Puget Sound Outcasts will take on the San Diego AfterShocks in a men’s roller derby bout. This is the first Oly Rollers USA Roller Sports bout since the they won the inaugural USARS Championship in Fresno in December and it is a rematch of the final game between Oly and San Diego.
Historically, Oly has skated under Women’s Flat Track Derby Association but the USARS has stepped into the roller derby game by featuring a rule set that is different from WFTDA rules and has addressed some of the concerns that have been raised about strategies that have slowed down and made WFTDA games extremely lopsided affairs. One of the biggest differences is that the lead jammer status (who can score, more or less) can change hands mid jam so it encourages more speed and movement.
It is debatable whether or not the USARS rules are, in fact, better than the WFTDA rules but Oly is playing both rule sets this season and has made some noise that they would consider abandoning the WFTDA and going full USARS. That would be a huge move in the roller derby world since Oly is considered one of the top clubs in the nation and would undoubtedly mean larger outfits around the country would follow suit.
San Diego will be playing their third game during their Pacific Northwest tour this weekend. Yesterday they knocked off Underground Derby 137-94 in a morning bout at Skateland! under USARS rules and then beat Port Scandalous in the evening under WFTDA rules. Former Oly Roller Hockey Honey returns to town with her new squad.
Doors at Skateland! open at 5:00 PM and derby action gets underway at 6:00. Tickets will be available at the door for $20.