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From its creation in the 1880s, to the campy scripted tv spectacles of the 1950s and 60s, to its revival in 2000, Roller Derby has been exciting viewers and challenging athletes.  Today Junior Roller Derby Leagues exist in almost every country, and 2016 marks the first year that Roller Derby will be included as an official sport of the Junior Olympics.

 

Two teams, each composed of 5 skaters, race around a looped track simultaneously trying to go faster (average speed is 12 mph but if you want to score you’ll need to move faster!) themselves while slowing down their opponents (this is a full contact sport and players expect to fall.  A lot.) 

 

Children as young as 3 and as old as 17 can skate for Junior Roller Derby Teams, and they take great pride in their team logos.  These logos are fluid, changing as the team changes, and often reflecting the adult teams skating in the same area.  For example, if the adult team is the “Rose City Rollers”, the junior team might be the “Rose City Rosebuds”.  Or if the adult team mascot is a woman astride a rocket, the junior team mascot might be a young girl astride a rocket shaped playground bouncer.  As the teams change, grow, divide, disband, and start again with a new group of skaters, the logos and names change as well.  The Roller Rats become the Derby Divas become the Mad City Mayhem become the Minions of Mayhem become the Roller Rats once more.

 

Because of this fluidity, our collection represents a single moment in time.  Limiting our gaze to the Junior Roller Derby teams that skate on a flat track in the United States of America using the rules of the Junior Roller Derby Association (JRDA), this collection offers you a glimpse into the growing world of Junior Roller Derby.  A game with over 100 years of history and our newest Junior Olympic sport!

 

 
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