Hard pushes, shoves to the ground and trash talking are all a part of one the most aggressive women’s sports, roller derby. The season kick off game took place May 12 at the Crown Coliseum. Teams Fayetteville Roller Derby (FRD) wreckers (blue team) and Ritzy Rollers (red team) competed in a tough head-to-head match.

Hard pushes, shoves to the ground and trash talking are all a part of one the most aggressive women’s sports, roller derby. The season kick off game took place May 12 at the Crown Coliseum. Teams Fayetteville Roller Derby (FRD) wreckers (blue team) and Ritzy Rollers (red team) competed in a tough head-to-head match.

“Since I started playing, I have been hit hard several times, had a couple of bruises. To not be able to skate at all to make it to the all-star team has been a great accomplishment for me,” said SFC Kissta DiGregorio Public affairs 1st Special Forces command.“

According to the website, ratcityrollergirls.com roller derby is a sport consisting of a series of short match-ups, jams, in which both teams designate a jammer (who wears a star on the helmet). The jammer scores points by lapping members of the opposing team. The teams attempt to hinder the opposing jammer while assisting their own jammer—in effect, playing both offense and defense simultaneously.

The crowd included husbands, significant others, friends, Family members and game lovers who supported players in the league. The game ended with the Ritzy Rollers defeating the FRD with a score of 203 to 78.

FRD is a nonprofit organization that includes women from all over the area who participate in the games. League members pay dues and volunteer their free time each month to support league events.

“So what we are doing now is open recruitment. If you want to skate, just show up and practice. Once you have been practicing a month with us consistently, you can then take your assessment.” said Jodi Hodges FRD public relations.

“If you pass, you can join one of our home teams. If not, you keep going through the fresh meat process, until the next month. You just keep going until you pass the assessment and meet the requirement.”

Individuals interested in playing have to be eighteen years of age and older. If league members qualify, they can join the all-star travel team and compete on the next level. They also provide equipment that can be rented while involved in the sport.

“This is my fifth season doing this. I had no moves. I showed up to tryouts and was definitely the worse skater but they helped me develop my skating skills,” said DiGregorio.

Besides this skating sport, FRD does a lot for the community. They are involved in different events including Child Advocacy Network, March of Dimes and Friends of the Cancer Center: Ribbon Walk.

For information visit fayettevillerolling.com.