For further details on Roller Sports in Cornwall, please contact: Anne-Marie Waugh
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The National Governing Body for roller sports is the British Roller Sports Federation. It is made up of six different roller sport associations:
British Inline Puck Hockey Association
Inline Puck Hockey is a fast-paced team sport in which skaters use wooden or composite sticks to shoot a hard plastic puck into their opponent's net. The game is played between two teams with five players on the floor. A team usually consists of three lines of forwards, three pairs of defenseman and two goal keepers. Four members of each team skate up and down the floor trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team. Each team has a goalkeeper who tries to stop the puck from going into the goal.
National Roller Hockey Association
Roller Hockey is a form of hockey played on a dry surface using quad roller skates affording greater maneuverability to the player - this results in games filled with fancy footwork and tight maneuvering. Two five-man teams (four skaters and one goalkeeper) try to drive the ball with their sticks into the opponents' goal. The ball can only be put in motion by a stick. The game has two 25-minute halves (for adults), with the clock stopping when the ball becomes dead. Each team has a one-minute timeout in each half. Each team has a minimum of six players (a backup goalie is required) and a maximum of ten.
The Federation of Artistic Roller Skating
Artistic Roller Skating is a sport similar to figure skating but where contestants run on roller skates instead of ice skates. Within artistic roller skating there are several disciplines:
- Figures (similar to compulsory or "school" figures on ice)
- Freestyle (individuals performing jumps and spins)
- Pairs (a subset of freestyle with two people performing jumps, spins, and lifts)
- Dance (couple)
- Solo dance
- Precision (team skating, similar to synchronized skating on ice)
- Show teams
- Artistic roller skaters use either quad or inline skates, though quad skates are more traditional and significantly more common. Generally quad and inline skaters compete in separate events and not against each other.
United Kingdom Roller Derby Association
Roller Derby is a full-contact women's sport played on quad roller skates, by players skating around an elliptical track. The game consists of a series of two-minute countdown jams.
At the start of each jam, each team sends five players onto the track: one jammer (point scorer), three blockers (defensive/offensive players) and one pivot (last line of defence and lead blocker). The players are identified by their helmet covers - a stripe for the pivots and two stars for the jammers. The pivots and blockers form a pack at the start line and the two jammers line up 20 feet behind the pack. The pack starts rolling on the referee's first whistle, and the jammers sprint on the second whistle. The jammers' aim is to make it through the pack of skaters and skate a full lap to enter the pack again. Once they re-enter the pack, they score a point for each opposing skater they pass legally.
The skaters in the pack are doing their utmost to stop the opposing jammer passing them and scoring points, while at the same time trying to help their own jammer to pass opposing players. They do this by landing heavy shoulder or hip checks on opposing players, shoving them out of the way or knocking them to the ground. Any part of the front of a skater's body between shoulder and mid-thigh is a target zone, and any part of the body between shoulder and mid-thigh (excluding hands, elbows, and forearms) is legal to hit with. Illegal hits result in time served in the penalty box, legal hits often result in skaters flying off the track and landing in the crowd!
UK Freestyle Skaters Association
Freestyle Slalom Skating is a highly technical field of skating that involves performing tricks around a straight line of equally spaced cones. The most common spacing used in competitions is 80cm, with larger competitions also featuring lines spaced at 50cm and 120cm
The Federation of Inline Speed Skating
Inline Speed Skating is the sport of racing on inline skates. It is often called inline racing by participants. Although it primarily evolved from racing on traditional roller skates, the sport is similar enough to ice speed skating that many competitors are now known to switch between inline and ice speed skating according to the season.