Women brawl, find family on local roller derby teams (SLIDESHOW)

Published: Monday, March 11, 2013 at 05:44 PM.

Many women start roller derby to find a new way to exercise or for something to do at night, but they ultimately stay with the sport because they find a family.

“We not only support each other here, we’re supportive off the track,” said Patti Boyd, president of the Sk8R Dolls.

View a slideshow from team practice.

With practice, bouts, and field trips to watch other teams play, Boyd doesn’t remember the last weekend she was without her team.

That friendship doesn’t end there. Roller derby is one of the few sports in which teams pummel each other for 60 minutes only to drop all the friction after the game, Boyd said.

“Every bout has a party after it,” Boyd said. “The teams party together.”

The “alter egos” are an extra fun part of the support, said Tessa “Rampage Rae” Grabas, the Okaloosa Rollers’ president. You get to create something outside of yourself.

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