The sport of roller derby was first conceived in the 1930s, and was played on a banked track and was popular in the United States until it fizzled out in the 1970s. In the early 2000s, modern women’s roller derby got its start in Austin, Texas. Starting with the Texas Rollergirls, flat track roller derby leagues began forming as businesses run by the athletes themselves. The flat track version of the sport spread like wildfire in subsequent years, as the ability to mark track boundaries on a skating rink floor or other venues, rather than building and storing a large banked track, made it possible to play the game just about anywhere. Today, several hundred leagues exist all over the world.
While the original version of the sport eventually became more of a spectacle with fights and other staged theatrics, today’s roller derby is a legitimate sport played by true athletes.
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Albany Roller Derby League run an annual intake of new skaters early each year. From here we teach people how to skate and how to play roller derby. There is no age limit in roller derby but in Albany we welcome skating members from 18 years of age. We have a womens representative team and we follow WFTDA rules and are an WFTDA Full Member League.
We welcome members all year round and people are welcome to skate at The Track when Albany Roller Derby League hold events or it is available for private hire.