The players seem to be doing a weird 'I'm a little double handled tea pot' or 'time warp' dance, when they do this the whole thing stops. The refs join in with their own dances, some favour a sort of synchronised swimming arm movement while others do impressions of orchestra conductors or flying eagles.
|Synchronized Swimmer arms, minus other swimmers|
There are naughty seats which are pretty much constantly occupied though Lord knows what you do to be put in one. The chairs are labelled B and J... in that order, which is quite funny to those of us with a childish sense of humour.
There were some interesting helmets and legging choices and a wild cat theme seemed to run though 'our' team the Romsey Town Roller Billies For the first 20 minutes of game 1 I thought the cute one that kept getting away from the others had collagen lips, but then realised she had a mouth guard that matched her lipstick. A nice touch.
|She's jammin' jammin' jammin' hope you like jammin' too!|
For a Saturday afternoon with no curved rink and no beer they do a pretty good job of keeping the adrenaline up. This is through tunes from the student’s radio (decent ones, including Cannon ball by the Breeders and Hungry like the Wolf by Duran Duran) and the commentators. To be honest I could have done without the latter quite as much as it made it difficult to concentrate on who was shoving who out of the rink.
And then suddenly, just as the second half kicked in it all seemed to click. From my novice POV here's what I decided the basic rules are. You've got a Jammer and 4, maybe 5, Blockers, hence the B and J's on the naughty seats. If your jammer gets past their blockers before their jammer gets past your blockers, yours is the main jammer and the one that can score points. Points are scored when the jammer circles round and gets passed the blockers again, a point for each blocker passed (still with me?) Jammers can call off the jam by signalling (the 'time warp' dance). Refs point out the main jammer and points they have scored with their synchronised swimmers move and second jammer with the flying eagle move, Simple no?
At this point I was truly involved, and the final game was as close as they come, we eventually lost, but only by 4 points (183 - 187) so it did get exciting, even without the beer (have I said beer too much in this post?).
If this has peaked your interest here are the real rules. And if you're feeling brave they're having try-outs in January. I'll not be there (bruise like a peach) but if you make it through I'll definitely be on the frow cheering you on. All in all I think I'm rather hooked!