The Red Wire

Derby After Injuries

By Bradentucky Bombers on Thursday, June 8th, 2017 in Bomber Life, Fitness Friendly

By Vanity Feral I feel like I have given out this advice individually to a few fellow broken derby skaters, so I thought maybe it’s time to write about it. Coming back to skating after suffering an injury is a difficult task. It’s difficult on your body and difficult on your mind. The first and […]

I’m a Betty… Now What?

By Bradentucky Bombers on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 in Bomber Life

So you have made the leap and have decided that you want to play roller derby. Congratulations! Welcome aboard! You are about to learn a whole bunch of new stuff, and a lot of it is not going to make sense to you. Yet. But it will, I promise. My advice; be patient, come to […]

Bulletproof Knees

By Bradentucky Bombers on Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 in Fitness Friendly

By Jane Martin, B.S. Sport and Exercise Science You play roller derby, so you’ve probably been injured before or at least expect to be injured at some point in your derby career. It’s just something to expect when playing a full contact sport, especially on roller skates. Many skaters can go their whole derby career […]

The Total Athlete

The Total Athlete: Cross Training

By Bradentucky Bombers on Friday, May 1st, 2015 in Fitness Friendly

By Jane Martin, B.S. Sport and Exercise Science Surprise! You’re an athlete! Many individuals who find roller derby have spent their lives considering themselves the opposite of an athlete. Cross training is a term you may have heard used often in regards to improving skills on the track, but never really understood. Lucky for you, […]

What’s in My Skater Bag: Protective Gear

By Bradentucky Bombers on Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 in Bomber Life

When you first skate with us, you can borrow pads from whatever we happen to have available at the time (with the exception of a mouth guard). But before you can graduate from Betty status, you must purchase your gear. Here is what we require: Knee Pads: If you spend “extra” on one piece of […]

Old School Derby

By Bradentucky Bombers on Sunday, April 5th, 2015 in History Lesson

1935  Roller Derby is created by Leo Seltzer on a napkin at Johnny Ricketts restaurant in Chicago. He coined the term to describe a long-term endurance race, inspired by the popularity of roller skating combined with the idea of dance-a-thons that were fashionable at the time. Roller Derby is one of only 3 sports actually […]

So you want to skate derby?

By Bradentucky Bombers on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 in Rule Book

Betty, (bet ‘ti) n. surfer slang. A girl that sits on the beach and watches her boyfriend surf but doesn’t surf herself. In Bradentucky Derby, a new recruit; a skater who watches and learns but doesn’t yet take part in the action. All skaters must be female, 18 years or older. We accept all skill […]

The Down and Dirty of Derby

The Down and Dirty of Derby

By Bradentucky Bombers on Sunday, March 15th, 2015 in Rule Book

Obviously, in order to play the sport of derby, you must learn the rules. We will give you all of the information during your training, but for now, here is an overview of the sport: The game itself is a series of races between two teams of five players. Each team has three blockers and […]

What’s in My Skater Bag: Skates

By Bradentucky Bombers on Sunday, March 8th, 2015 in Bomber Life

One of the most commonly asked questions we get when someone joins the team is, “What skates should I get?” This is such a tough question for a skater to answer because everyone skates differently. Here is some information to help you: Skates: Quad roller skates are required for roller derby (with the exception of […]