Helsinki Roller Derby (founded in March 2009) is the oldest and largest Finnish derby league. We have currently roughly 100 members and are growing each year. HRD competes in two teams: HRD All-Stars battles with the best teams in the world, and HRD Queen B’s are aiming to be the national champions in Finnish National Cup. In the recreational level HRD plays as C-cassette. We also have a number of skilled and dedicated officials and referees. Since 2015 we have also junior skaters, aged between 10 and 17.

Beginning from the summer 2015 we have been practising in Bunkkeri (Itäinen Vaihdekuja 8, 00220 Helsinki), where we have access to two tracks dedicated just for roller derby around the clock. Click HERE to learn more about Bunkkeri!

Roller derby is an aggressive full-contact sport played on classic quad-skates. A roller derby game consists of two 30-minute periods during which the two opposing teams try to score as many points as possible; the team with the most points at the end of the game wins. Each team has only one point-scorer on the track at a time, she is known as the jammer. It is the jammer’s job to pass through the pack of other skaters, known as blockers, to earn one point for each opposing blocker that she passes legally and in-bounds. Blockers’ duty is to help their jammer through the pack and keep the opposing jammer from scoring points. In each jam (that last up to two minutes) there are five players (one jammer and four blockers) from both teams on the track, and a team consist of 14 skaters.

Helsinki Roller Derby, like most flat-track roller derby leagues worldwide, is a skater owned and operated non-profit organization. Helsinki Roller Derby has been accepted as a full member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the governing body for women’s amateur flat track roller derby. As a member of the WFTDA, Helsinki Roller Derby joins the ranks of more than 100 skater-owned-and-operated leagues worldwide that have united to lead the growing sport of women’s flat track roller derby. (Here you can read more about HRD becoming a full WFTDA member.)
HRD is also a member of Roller Derby Finland.RDF logo

If you want to learn the history of roller derby, we recommend the following:

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