Local Roller Derby Team Creates Fun and Inclusiveness

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Out at the Alachua county fairgrounds, the Gainesville Roller Rebels get together to train for a sport not many people know about, and that's roller derby.

It's a contact sport played by two teams of five members, that skate counter clockwise around a track.

There's the jammer, the skater who wears the star on their helmet and there are four blockers.

The jammer scores points by lapping members on the other team

The group plays against teams throughout the country. When calling out to their teammates, they use something other than their regular names.

GRR was founded in 2007 as a non-profit organization and they're always encouraging people to come out and try the sport.

The competition, the safe space this environment creates, along with the bonds made, are some of the things that make people want to become a Gainesville Roller rebel.