USARS Planning for Rules Beta Testing

July 23, 2013, 10:15 p.m. (ET)

USA Roller Sports


July 23, 2013

USARS Planning for Rules Beta Testing

USA Roller Sports is pleased to announce that there are a number of proposed ideas that will be beta tested in the next few months and discussed for possible inclusion in the 2014 version of the Rule Book.  The proposals incorporate several new components to enhance the game play of Roller Derby, making it more dynamic and easier to understand.

Examples (please note that this list is not all-inclusive) of some of the current proposals include:

  • Redefinition of arm penalties- modifying the way players can legally use their arms to execute blocks.
  • Allowing cutting members of your own team.
  • Allowing pivots to break as soon as the jammer passes the pack. A Jammer would be declared Active Scorer as soon as s/he passes the foremost Blocker in the Pack. This change would make it easier for players, officials, and fans to see when a Jammer earns that all-important Active Scorer status.   
  • Shortening penalties to 30 seconds. This would allow for more time spent playing five on five Roller Derby and less time for depleted packs and power jams. Players will still foul out after committing seven penalties.
  • Additional ideas to discourage or prevent the runaway strategy.

We plan to have informational meetings with players and officials at the 2013 National Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma to get feedback on all the proposals and anticipate releasing the new Rule Book version in early December. If your team is interested in testing these ideas, please contact the USARS National Office at 402-483-7551


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