Helsinki Roller Derby, the first roller derby league in Finland, was founded in 2009. We have four teams: HRD All-Stars, who play on the highest level and compete in tournaments worldwide, HRD Queen B’s, who play the Finnish National Cup, and HRD C-Cassette, who play in Finnish National Cup’s 1. Division, and our non-competitive team AL-Pakka. In 2015, we started a junior department and, in addition, we organise beginners’ courses twice a year, and provide excellent training for officials and referees.
Roller derby is an aggressive full-contact sport played on classic quad-skates. A roller derby game, also known as a bout, consists of two 30-minute periods, during which the two opposing teams try to score as many points as possible; the team with the most points at the end of the game wins. Both teams have one point-scorer, known as the jammer, on the track at a time. The jammer’s job is to pass the pack of other skaters, known as blockers. The jammer scores one point for each opposing blocker they pass legally and in-bounds.
Helsinki Roller Derby, like most flat-track roller derby leagues worldwide, is a skater owned and operated non-profit organisation. Helsinki Roller Derby has been accepted as a full member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the governing body for women’s amateur flat track roller derby. As a member of the WFTDA, Helsinki Roller Derby joins the ranks of more than 100 skater-owned-and-operated leagues worldwide that have come together to lead the growing sport of women’s flat track roller derby.
Helsinki Roller Derby follows the WFTDA gender policy, which states that “identifying as transgender, intersex, and/or gender expansive is not in any way related to an individual’s eligibility for participating as a volunteer or employee. Any individual who identifies as a trans woman, intersex woman, and/or gender expansive may skate with a WFTDA charter team if women’s flat track roller derby is the version and composition of roller derby with which they most closely identify.”