Hell On Wheels

Meet The Long Island Roller Rebels

You don’t want to mess with the Long Island Roller Rebels (LIRR). Now in the middle of their 10th season, the skaters of Long Island’s flat track roller derby league are part of a derby revolution sweeping the country.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

While roller derby dates back to the 1920s, it saw a revival in the early 2000s and since the LIRR was launched in 2006, the popularity and demand on Long Island has been growing. And it’s no question why—derby is not only a fun sport to play but the athleticism and speed make it exciting to watch as well.

Flat track roller derby is a physically demanding, high contact team sport. Each team has five players on the track—one jammer and four blockers. The role of the jammer is to score points by passing blockers on the opposing team. While jammers are trying to skate around the track and other skaters, the blockers are forming a pack to keep them from getting by.

The LIRR, which consists of 19 All Stars (or “A” team members) and five Rock-A-Betty Bruisers (the “B” team of newer skaters), has eight home games from March through November. The exciting, high energy games draw anywhere from 500 to 600 fans, anxious to see their favorite skaters rough it out on the track. Here’s a look at the All Star lineup for the 2016 season.

Find out more about what it takes to be a LIRR, see Derby Desire.

Derby Desire

Want It In Print?

We now offer matted and framed copies of articles upon request.

Previous articleApril: Focus On College
Next articleDerby Desire
Betsy Abraham
Betsy Abraham is senior managing editor at Anton Media Group and editor of The Westbury Times and Massapequa Observer. She also writes for Long Island Weekly.

Leave a Reply




FCA Pays Virtual Visits To Isolated Long Island Seniors

Article By: Lisa Stern, AVP Senior and Adults Services, FCA The stress and anxiety caused by COVID-19 has increased the vulnerability of Long Island seniors....

A Lost But Not Forgotten Season For St. Mary’s

First it was postponed, then St. Mary’s Athletic Director Patrick Welsh got the call from the league—their girls basketball state semifinal game was canceled....

New York Blood Center Urgently Calls For Blood Donors

The New York Blood Center (NYBC) is in urgent need of blood donations after New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of...

For College Students, Coronavirus Means A Lost Semester

  In the collective effort to “flatten the curve” and slow the proliferation of COVID-19, responsibility has fallen on all Americans to protect the most...

10 Nature Preserves To Visit On Long Island

The North Shore Land Alliance owns or helps maintain 10 preserves that are currently open to the public. While social distancing is recommended right...

Get Updates Via Email

Enter your email to be updated with all the latest news and special announcements.