We operate under the nationally recognized Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) set of rules and regulations. WFTDA is the governing body for roller derby in the United States, much like the NFL and NBA. Once established, we plan to apply to the WFTDA Apprenticeship Program. This will bring strength to our organization as well as help us become eligible for regional and national competitions.
- 2010 - The BisMan Bombshellz were established in the summer of 2010 through the power of social media.
- 2010 - The first official season started in September, the Bombshellz played a total of nine games for a record of 5:4.
- 2011 - The BisMan Bomberz were founded in September and are dedicated to promoting men’s roller derby in the Bismarck/Mandan area. The Bomberz operate under the Men’s Roller Derby Association (MRDA) set of rules and regulations.
- 2012 - In April the league split the women’s team into an A and B team structure to accommodate the growing number of women skaters within the league.
- 2012 - September started the second season for the women’s team, with 11 games scheduled.
BisMan Bombshellz league is a registered non-profit.
On August 14, 2012, the IRS ruled that BisMan Bombshellz is a public charity, exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.
Interesting in Joining?
Our league is always looking for new skaters, referees and non-skating officials. We accept all skill and knowledge levels. For more information, visit our Join Us Page.
Rules of Roller Derby
Wondering what the rules are for derby?
Here are a few notes and illustrations to help you understand how the game is played:
Roller Derby is played on quad-skates. Five skaters from each team are allowed on the track at once. Skaters move in a counter-clockwise direction. Each team has one scoring position, called the jammer. Jammers are designated by a star worn on the helmet and start behind the other skaters. The other four positions on each team are called blockers and make up what is known as the pack. When the initial whistle is blown the pack begins to skate. Jammers begin to skate at a second whistle. The jammers then try to move through the pack. Blockers try to keep the jammer from the opposing team from getting through while trying to help their own jammer. Jammers score points by passing members of the opposite team while remaining in-bounds.
Click here to see examples of the Referee’s hand signals.
For official rules and regulations, please visit www.wftda.com/rules
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