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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
It's a sport that requires physical contact. And a lot of it, from elbowing opponents to arm swinging and pushing.
Roller Derby isn't for everyone but local Bakersfield Rollergirls Joann Divers and Jessica Oats shared a few insights on the game Friday on "First Look with Scott Cox."
For starters, all players volunteer their time and pay for their own gear, travel and uniforms.
So how does the game work?
There are two teams of five members roller skating in the same direction around a track. Game play consists of two 30-minute periods in which both teams designate a scoring player, called the "jammer." The jammer scores points by lapping members of the opposing team. The teams attempt to assist their own jammer by pushing to the side, or in many instances, knocking down, the opposing team members. Each time the jammer gets through the opposing team, they score a point, Divers explained.
"You always go after the weakest link or take out the toughest skater," said Oats, who is also known as the "bone crusher" on her team.
Divers and Oats have been rollergirls for seven years and both said the game is a free anger management release.
The team travels up and down California to compete. This weekend they will play against the Fresno "No Town" team. The match starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Rollerama on 34th Street.