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

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

“I like them to be monsters on the track, but I want them to be classy monsters within the rules,” Weaver said.

Essentially, the “jammer,” or scorer, earns a point for each opposing “blocker” she skates past. Of course, the blockers do their best to throw off the jammer.

Touching or hitting with the head, legs, hands and feet is prohibited. Contact with any body part below the thigh or above the shoulders also is a penalty.

“You’re nervous as hell when you get out there until that first hit,” Weaver said. “And then you’re like ‘It’s on!’ ”

“Fresh meat,” as rookies are called, go through training. Before becoming members they are tested on everything from their knowledge of the rules to falling safely.

At some point, injuries go unfixed, said Brandi “Cheap Shot” Bradley of the Sk8R Dolls. The doctors usually forego fixing anything that will just be reinjured if the player continues derby. Bradley tore her ACL but decided to put off reconstruction because she’d be out for a year recovering.

“We’re not here just playing around,” she said. “There’s a lot of sacrifice.”

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