Barbed Wire Betties Looking for Fresh Meat


Have you ever dreamed of being a Roller Derby player? Well, ladies, this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for!

The Barbed Wire Betties, DeKalb County’s amateur roller derby team, are looking for new skaters, referees and non-skating officials. They are hosting a new member class tonight from 6-8 p.m. at the Kishwaukee Family YMCA. They are even willing to teach you how to roller skate.

Here is the description from their event page:

“Are you interested in Roller Derby but don’t know where to start? Do you want to meet new people and become involved in a fun community? Want to spice up your life a little, or a lot? Look no further! The Barbed Wire Betties are looking for new skaters to learn how to play and join us!

“Don’t know how to skate? No problem, we will teach you everything you need to know. All you have to do is show up and be willing to learn!

“Intrigued by derby but don’t think contact is right for you? We have a place for you, too. You can still learn how to skate and become a referee.

“Do you feel like you need some derby in your life but skating is not for you? We still have a place for you!! We need non-skating officials, NSOs, too! You’ll learn the rules of derby and be able to help out during bouts. Our NSOs play a huge role in our bouts and it would be impossible without them. We would love to see everyone interested, whether you want full contact or not, there is a place for you! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask your favorite derby girl or message the page and we’ll get back to you.”

About the Barbed Wire Betties

Barbed Wire Betties (BWB) is a Non-Profit (501c3) fostering the amateur sport of Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby in DeKalb County Illinois. BWB embraces members of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, and skill levels. The members of BWB, train to the fullest extent of their individual abilities, respect their teammates and competitors, and love the sport of Roller Derby. Our goals are to create a competitive Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) recognised league, foster a sense of camaraderie, empowerment, and teamwork among our members, and carry on the tradition of Roller Derby. BWB plays a physically demanding sport to inspire, entertain, and enrich our community.

About Roller Derby (from Wikipedia)

“Roller derby is a contact sport played by two teams of five members roller skating counter-clockwise around a track…Game play consists of a series of short match-ups (jams) in which both teams designate a jammer (who wears a star on the helmet). The jammer scores points by lapping members of the opposing team. The teams attempt to hinder the opposing jammer while assisting their own jammer—in effect, playing both offense and defense simultaneously.”

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