Who are the Convicts and what is roller derby?
CCR was formed in 2009 by a group of women who had a passion to bring roller derby to Tasmania.
We were the first roller derby club in Hobart, holding our first public event in 2010 in front of a crowd of over 1000 spectators. From that time, we have grown from strength to strength.
In 2014 we became the first club in Tasmania and one of a handful in Australia to be an apprentice of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). We now have our full membership.
The club is more than 100 members strong. We run programs for juniors, adults and recreational classes. Our teams include:
Orange Thunder (A Team)
Black Lightning (B Team)
The club is 100% owned and operated by its members who are all volunteers. We are made up of skaters, skating and non-skating officials and other volunteers who are all passionate about the sport of roller derby.
While roller derby is a full contact sport for female teams, we encourage guys to join and actively skate to become referees, coaches and/or officials. All members are able to opt to participate in these important roles rather than actively compete as well.
Regular skater intakes are held throughout the year to the Club’s Introduction to Roller Derby course. The current recruits – the Alpha Birds – are the 27th intake of skaters since the club’s inception.
The Convicted Panthers are our group of dedicated officials (both skating and non-skating). The Convicted Panthers assist with a range of game-day roles including refereeing, score-keeping, penalty tracking and jam timing. Our Head Official, ShipWreckt runs regular training for officials, so contact us if you want to know more.
We follow the WFTDA rules for flat track roller derby.
Roller derby is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, with thousands of teams worldwide. It is a fast paced, full contact team sport played on quad skates on an oval ‘track’ which requires speed, strategy and athleticism.
Referees control the game and enforce the rules to ensure a fair and safe game.
So what is roller derby all about? Well, you’re in luck! We’ve put together a little info below to explain the history of roller derby. We’ve also provided the essentials of game play, so that you can better enjoy a game or ’bout’ at one of our upcoming events.
We follow the WFTDA rule set, so if you’d like to dig deeper into the finer points of our game, then head on over to their rules section to get the low down.
We’ve highlighted the basics here for you. To see video of the game in action, head on over to YouTube, pop in a search for roller derby and enjoy!
If watching a game isn’t enough for you and you’d love to get your skates on or help out in some way, we’d love to welcome you! Head on over to our get involved info to learn more.
The History of
Roller derby first appeared in America in the 1940’s when it was played on a banked track largely for spectacle with set-up fights and tumbles and was telecast to millions across America.
Today it has evolved into a fully-fledged sport with regional, state, national and international competitions and groups working to have it included into the Olympics in the future. The modern day version of the sport was originally played only by women but has now grown to include men and juniors.
There are 2 types of roller derby – flat track and banked tracked.
Flat track roller derby is played by all of the leagues in Australia and banked track is mostly restricted to the USA. This is in large part due to the ease of setting up a flat track – it can be done on any flat surface that is suitable for skating, such as skating rinks, basketball courts, parking lots, and even airplane hangars.
The flat track version of the sport evolved in 2001 in the United States, and has quickly grown to encompass more than 400 leagues worldwide. There are presently about 150 leagues in the Pacific including Australia and New Zealand.
This will be the area to explain
It’s QUIZ TIME! This time… in person! With relevant social distancing, of course
Hobart Social Skates and Convict City Rollers are excited to be holding FREE community screenings of the “United Skates” documentary.
Come have a skate with Convict City! Registrations are now open for our Junior School Holiday Skate this July.