Combine athletic women, hot pants, a rousing announcer, food, beer, a live band, an enthusiastic crowd and what do you get? Humboldt Roller Derby, of course.
Roller derby is one of the fastest growing sports in America according to the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). When you attend a Humboldt Roller Derby event it is easy to understand why — this is a lot of fun. There are enthusiastic fans with signs, custom T-shirts and painted faces filling Francheschi Hall at Redwood Acres. A live band, “The Blow Hards,” plays during each intermission and a DJ keeps the groove going playing songs during each match. This is all on top of a wonderful halftime performance by the Derby Darlings.
The match itself, or bout as it’s called, is also very entertaining. The action is fast-paced and something is constantly happening. Unlike what you might expect, there is very little aggressive play on the floor. Mostly there is just a lot of solid competition in a fun-minded manner. All the players work very hard to fulfill their set roles on each team. For newcomers to the sport, the announcer also offers a clear explanation of rules and strategy throughout each bout.
If you are looking for a fun sporting event to enjoy, it doesn’t get much more entertaining than Humboldt Roller Derby. Visit their website for specific bout dates or to get more information on the team in general.