What is Roller Derby?
It’s a sport that combines adrenaline and estrogen, mascara and mayhem, sass and strength. Roller derby is a full-contact game on a flat, oval track with two teams facing off to see who can score the most points. Jammers furiously skate to make the most laps, passing members of the opposing team to score. Blockers clear the path for their jammers to score while trying to keep the opposing team’s jammer from getting past them. Everything you see on the track is real – there are no staged hits or made-up drama. These skaters are there to win and come ready to compete at a high level of action.
Mad Rollin’ Dolls, Madison’s premiere derby league, first laced up its skates for the public in late 2004 and began its first full season in 2005. Since then, the dynamic skaters and dedicated volunteers have been providing a sport that not only features pure athleticism but a punch of campy fun for its many fans. MRD is a grassroots effort run by an all-volunteer group of skaters and non-skaters. These derby enthusiasts are behind everything from practices and bouts to merchandise and community involvement.