Psych Ward Sirens refers to:
(a) A B-movie from the 50’s
(b) A punk rock band from the 70’s
(c) One of Houston’s roller derby teams.
If you guessed (c), you’re right! Roller derby is back, and Houston is a big part of the action. Houston has several local teams including HaRD Knocks, Bayou City Bosse$ and the Brawlers.
Roller derby is exciting and action-packed, and played by women who hit and get hit while wearing fun (and often sexy) costumes. What more could anyone want?
The basic rules of the game involve jammers breaking through a pack of opposing team members. Remember playing Red Rover as a kid? It’s kind of like that, but everyone is moving very fast and wearing roller skates. The animated video below explains how roller derby works if you want a crash course.
Wanna Be a Rollergirl?
Maybe you are not content with sitting in the stands and watching, and you want to be in the middle of the action. It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it. It could be you! Houston Roller Derby hold tryouts periodically when they are looking for new skaters. They have tryouts scheduled on Wednesday 6/23/10, Saturday 6/26/10, and Sunday 6/27/10. All interested girls need to attend all 3 days.
Think you’re woman enough to strap on the skates? Get more information about becoming a roller derby star at the Houston Roller Derby website.
Need some practice? Check out the Machette Betties Boot Camp. They say you will learn how to skate, how to fall (you mean that doesn’t come naturally?), how to take hits and how to play derby.