Frequently Asked Questions
Who's that girl with the star on her head? How does the game work? You've got questions, we'll try to answer them here!
What are the teams?
The Cape Fear Roller Girls league is made up of two teams, The Cape Fear Roller Girls All Stars- our WFTDA-ranked charter "A" team, and The Cape Fear Black Harrts - our developmental team.
What are the positions? Who are the girls with the stars on their head?
Roller derby has 3 player “positions.” Pivot: Sets the pace for the pack and is the last line of defense. Wears a helmet cover with a stripe. Can become the Jammer through passing the star. Otherwise just another blocker. Blocker: Plays offense and defense at the same time. Tries to stop the opposing team’s Jammer, and knocks around the opposing team’s blockers to help her own Jammer. Jammer: Scores points by passing members of the opposing team. Wears a helmet cover with stars. Only the Jammers score points.
Who owns and runs the league?
The Cape Fear Roller Girls are a 501c7 non-profit organization that is run by a volunteer force of skaters and league members who each contribute unique skills to make out league function. CFRG has no salaried employees. The league makes revenue from ticket sales, merchandise sales, sponsorship contributions, and donations from supporters and players, and it all goes right back into the league. Rent, utilities and training costs at our practice spaces add up quickly. Then add game venue rentals, security, travel, insurance, legal fees and other operational costs ... as any skater will tell you, it costs a lot to play this game! The Cape Fear Roller Girls are a proud member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association - a governing body to promote flat track derby (www.wftda.com). WFTDA provides member leagues with support including insurance, a unified rule set, collective national bargaining leverage, and rankings, along with organizing regional and national tournaments each year. The WFTDA is itself a not-for-profit association.
I remember watching derby back in the day- do you play on the big banked track that people flip over the rails?
No - CFRG skates on what’s called a “flat track.” For fifty years roller derby was played primarily on concave ("banked") tracks. These tracks were big and expensive and required reassembly as the derby skaters of the time barnstormed from town to town. In 2001 and 2002, skaters in Austin, Texas, lacking (at the time) the budget for a banked track, created the first drafts of a modified rule set to allow the same basic game to be played on a flat surface. The popularity of this style of play has been exploding around the world, as the 'play-anywhere' nature of the flat game has allowed skaters to learn the game without investing in a banked track infrastructure. The flat track version brings the skaters closer to the fans, and makes them more accessible than normal pro-sports figures. It literally puts the skaters in the laps of the fans and they love it. Plus, the low overhead it takes to practice/play on flat track has helped the all-girl derby fever to sweep the country, including all the member leagues of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.
How far away do you travel to play other teams?
This changes every year but for the 2017 season in addition to our home and regional games, we will be traveling to Fort Worth, FL, Denver CO, and Long Island, NJ.
What is the crowd like at the games?
One word — awesome! CFRG pack capacity crowds into their venues, and those fans are enthusiastic, creative and raucous! Homemade signs, face paint, coordinated chants — our fans are the best around. They include cool guys and geeky girls, parents and kids, bikers and grandmas, and both old school derby fans and new sports fans excited by the sincerity of the authentic competition that the Cape Fear Roller Girls provides.
How do I try out?
We have tryouts every few months for our Fresh Meat training program. Check the tryouts page our our Facebook page for further updates on the exact dates. Potential players must be over 18 years old.
Why isn't Roller Derby covered in the Sports section of the paper?
CFRG and the national sport of Roller Derby have been moving slowly from the human interest sections of the media into the sports sections. This new incarnation of the sport is only a little over seven years old, and people are just starting to notice and understand its competitive nature. So keep looking in the sports sections — roller derby has been leaking into them more and more.
Would CFRG's skaters consider putting our company's logo on their jerseys/helmets/bodies??
The Cape Fear Roller Girls were created by a handful of girls who just wanted to skate and hit each other, and since then it's just exploded. As we've gotten bigger, so have the opportunities for partner promotion, from program ads to game banners to halftime entertainment, and our league is very interested in exploring additional ways to promote those who support us. Our partners support the values underlying the modern incarnation of our sport — "Real, Strong, Athletic, Revolutionary."