F.A.Q.


Who are the Hammer City Roller Girls (HCRG)?
What is roller derby?
What is a “bout?”
I bought my tickets, how does “general admission” seating work?
Are Hammer City Roller Girls’ bouts family-friendly?
Are Hammer City Roller Girls’ bouts licensed?
What can I bring to a Hammer City Roller Girls’ bout?
How do I get to a Hammer City Roller Girls’ bout?
How can I find out more about roller derby?


Who are the Hammer City Roller Girls (HCRG)?:


Founded in 2006, the Hammer City Roller Girls (HCRG) are Canada’s first, and Hamilton’s only, all female, flat track roller derby league. HCRG is a non-profit corporation whose members are committed to giving back to the community through partnerships with charitable organizations serving the needs of women and children in Hamilton. HCRG is a very proud member of the Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Association (www.wftda.com), and is committed to playing the highest quality roller derby possible. HCRG’s teams play bouts against Canadian and American teams both at home and away.


What is roller derby?


The Hammer City Roller Girls play women’s flat track roller derby; a sport that was revived and redefined in the early 2000s by skaters across the United States, Canada, and increasingly, around the world. Flat track roller derby is a full contact sport played on an oval-shaped track that can be drawn or taped down on almost any flat surface. This makes flat track roller derby more accessible than its banked track sister version, which requires a banked track and space to house it. Four blockers from each team simultaneously play offense and defense to help their own jammer and stop the opposing jammer (jammers are the skaters with stars on their helmets). On their second pass through the pack (the blockers), jammers score points for each opposing blocker they pass legally. All skaters wear protective equipment, practice several times a week, and bring everything they’ve got to each bout. Flat track roller derby is a real sport played by real women. For more about how to play roller derby, watch this short video:


What is a “bout?”


“Bout” is the name for a roller derby game. A bout is a full contact contest made up of two 30-minute periods. Each period consists of multiple “jams” that each last up to two minutes.


I bought my tickets, how does “general admission” seating work?


When you arrive at the arena, you can choose to sit in the regular arena seats (behind the glass), or you can sit trackside. We affectionately call the trackside seats, “suicide seats”, as there is a possibility you could end up with a roller girl or two in your lap. When you sit trackside, you do so at your own risk, and we encourage you to bring your own chair. All seating is ‘first come first served, but trackside seating is more limited.


Are Hammer City Roller Girls’ bouts family-friendly?


Yes! HCRG bouts are a fun evening out for the entire family. Bring your favourite kids to the kids’ table where they can colour, make signs, play with balloons, and have their faces painted. During halftime, kids are welcome on the arena floor for games.


Are Hammer City Roller Girls’ bouts licensed?


Yes, there is a licensed area in the arena where you can buy beer and other adult beverages, and still have a great view of the skating action. Only HCRG fans who are over 19 are allowed in the licensed area.


What can I bring to a Hammer City Roller Girls’ bout?


Please bring your enthusiasm, as well as your own chair (if you want to sit trackside), posters, and noisemakers (please, no whistles!). You can also bring a marker or pen, and collect autographs and visit with Hammer City’s skaters after the bout. HCRG bouts are licensed, and you can buy snacks at the arena concession stand.


How do I get to a Hammer City Roller Girls’ bout?


Bouts in May, June, and July are at Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena. The arena is on Hester Street, off Upper James between the Linc and Mowhawk Road. The HSR Upper James bus (#27) leaves from the MacNab bus terminal and takes about 15 minutes to the Hester Street stop. If you are driving, arena parking is free. HCRG’s August bout is at J.L. Grightmire Market Street Arena on Market Street in Dundas.


How can I find out more about roller derby?


For more information, please visit WFTDA and Derby News Network – Roller Derby Basics.