Roller Sports Illustrated
Roller Sports Illustrated
Roller Derby Publishing Corp.
Irwin Rose, Publisher
Fred Down, Lester Rose, Editors
Richard Rose, Managing Editor
Michael Saunders, Photographer
Alan Armstrong, Photographer
Mike Marinelli, Photographer
Kevin Haupt, Photographer
Donna Diamond, Art Director
Roller Sports Illustrated, published on the first and fifteenth of each month, by Roller Derby Publications Corp, Suite 926, 515 Madison Avenue, New York, N.Y., 10022, (P O Box 17 GPO New York, N.Y. 10001) Single copy 50 cents. Subscription rates: $6.00 for one year in the United States; $7.00 for one year in the Possessions and Canada. On change of address please allow two weeks to assure delivery. Second class postage paid, at New York, N.Y. Copyright by Roller Derby Publishing Corp., 1972.
|Magazine Name||Roller Sports Illustrated|
|Date of Magazine||Nov 15-30, 1974|
|Volume Information||Vol 3 No 3|
ROLLER SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
Vol 3 No 3 November 15 - 30, 1974
Birds Swap Judy for Sally
|Magazine Name||Roller Sports Illustrated 1974 Vol 2 No 18|
|Date of Magazine||July 1-15, 1974|
|Volume Information||Vol 2 No 18|
ROLLER SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
Vol 2 No 18 July 1 - 14, 1974
Jumpin' Judy Arnold
|Magazine Name||Roller Sports Illustrated 1974 Vol 2 No 7|
|Volume Information||Vol 2 No 7|
ROLLER SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
Vol 2 No 7 January 15-31, 1974
BEEP BEEP Away Jim Flies
TEAM CANADA (Jan 1974)
The phrases .. "faster than a speeding bullet," ... "able to leap small buildings in a single bound," ... and the like started one of the most popular television series ever to hit the screen. Those same statements can be loosely applied to one of the top skaters in the Warriors new line-up.
He's hardly from another planet, nor is he a mild mannered reporter for any of the Philadelphia newspapers; he's just one of the fastest men to ever strap on a pair of skates, that's all.
Jim Terrigno is the young man, with nothing less than an outstanding career ahead of him. Why not? Before he joined the ranks of the pros, he had won every conceivable honor on the flat track, except for the coveted number one spot at the National meet. He was always second, which only made him try harder.
Better known to fans from East to West as the "Roadrunner" the nickname is well earned by this Youngstown, Ohio native as he ahs been clocked on the track at 38.7 miles per hour. Don't let the speed fool you, though, as even Jim admits that dynamite Mike Gammon of the New York Chiefs is just a hair faster. Both men, though, would like to see the day they skate against one another just to really prove who is the fastest man on wheels.
Terrigno spent a great part of his life on the West Coast following his father's job transfer, and attended both high school and Cypress College there. It was in California that he began both his 16 years as an amateur skater, and his professional skating career. He entered the Los Angeles training school and was quickly grabbed up by the T-Birds, but with his education foremost, it took awhile before he skated professionally on a full-time basis.
A smattering of trouble crosses any pro's career and Jim is no exception, as the T-Birds called foul play when he signed his Warriors contract. He maintained that the Warriors had approached him long before the T-Birds team, but that didn't stop the Western squad from trying to crush his career. In most cases during the current series, Jim's move was accepted very well by his former team-mates, except for Thunderbird coach, Ronnie Rains whom Jim considers his toughest opponent on the track.
Jim likes to take things easy when he isn't skating or busy with his head buried in a research book. But when he puts on his skates, it is as if his whole character changes and he tries to move faster than a speeding bullet or tries jumping the pack as if it were the tallest skyscraper in downtown Philadelphia.
Ins and Outs of ISC
News of the formation of new International Skating Conference has created a tremendous response from followers of the banked track professional roller skating sport all over the world. Literally thousands of letters, phone calls and other communications have been received by individuals, TV Stations, newspapers and various offices of teams that were affected by the formation of the New Conference.
Because of the impossible task of answering each question and replying to each inquiry on an individual basis, following are the answers to questions most frequently asked:
Q:Just exactly what is the International Skating Conference?
A: The ISC is a banked track professional roller skating league organized by the National Skating Derby Inc., the National Roller Skating League of United States, National Skating Derby of Canada, and National Skating Derby Japan Co..
Q:What is the purpose of the ISC?
A:The purpose of the ISC is to try to bring together as far as possible the top roller skating talent in the world into a single league composed of strong teams, representing all areas competing against each other on a home-to-home basis in order to produce a professional banked track roller skating world championship team.
Q:When was the idea first originated?
A:The idea has been talked about for many years by fans and participants of the sport.
Q:Is Bay Promotions or the International Roller Derby League involved with or associated with the ISC?
A:No. There is no association, connection or affiliation between Bay Promotions or the IRDL with the ISC.
Q:Why is it then that there are skaters and executive personnel of these organizations now with the ISC?
AIn keeping with the policy of the ISC of obtaining the finest talent avalaible, skaters, executives and other personnel that were formerly with these now inactive organizations have been hired by the ISC.:
Q:What is the status now of the IRDL?
A:The IRDL whose members skated Roller Derby events, had been inactivated.
Q:What is the present status of Roller Games?
A:Roller Games is a term which continues to be used to describe the game skated by the ISC.
Q:What is the status if the National Roller League?
A:The National Roller League, whose members skated Roller Games events has been superseded by the new International Skating Conference.
Q:What happened to the Bay Bombers, MNidwest Pioneers, Jolters, and other teams of the IRDL?
A:These teams have been disbanded.
Q:What happened to the National Roller League teams, the Northern Hawks, New York Bombers, Texas Outlaws, Brooklyn Red Devils?
A:These teams have been disbanded.
Q:If the IRDL teams have disbanded, what is meant by the announcement that appeared stating that the Midwest Pioneers and Bay Bombers have joined forces and pooled their resources and skating talents with the Los Angeles Thunderbirds to form a single team known as the Thunderbirds to represent the areas in the new ISC formerly represented by all three teams.
A:This announcement means that the Thunderbird management has acquired a tremendous pool of skaters and executive personnel which became available when the Midwest Pioneers, Bay Bombers and other teams of the IRDL were disbanded.
Q:What rules will be used to govern the games skated by the ISC?
A:Basically the rules are the same as those that were used by the NSD, Inc. However, the new conference has modified and changed some of the rules which they felt would improve the game and make the sport more exciting and interesting for the fans.
Q:Will the teams' uniforms be changed?
A:Each team will be allowed to retain or change their team uniforms just as in the past.
Q:With the new ISC, new rules and other changes that have been made, will the game itself be changed?
A:Essentially the banked track game that the fans of the National Roller League have enjoyed watching all over the world will remain the same. However, it is anticipated that it will be faster, more exciting and better than even bringing even greater appreciation and enjoyment to the fans everywhere. The teams will be stronger. With home and home games, fans everywhere will see all of the teams of the league in action in their home area. The playoffs will be held in the league cities all over the world and the champion will truly be a world champion.
Q:What is meant by announcement that the new ISC will present the "best of Roller Derby and Roller Games."
A:This means that with the disbanding of Roller Derby's IRDL the new ISC as the successor of the National Roller League has available all of the top skating talents and skills of both the IRDL and the Roller Games National Roller League and as a result will be able to skate a game and offer competition whish is the finest in the history of the banked track professional roller skating sport.
Q:If the IRDL and the National Roller League have not combined, what is meant by the statement of one owner who said: "It had to happen that the major skating derbies would join together to forma single upper league?"
A:The enthusiastic owner was referring to the fact the the best players from the former leagues are now skating for the new ISC, a fact long dreamed of by banked track skating fans.
International Skating Conference Games will be played between two teams composed of 5 men and 5 girls on each team, with no more than 5 members of each team permitted on the track at any one time.
1. The track shall be oval shape. It should be covered with tempered masonite. The outside edge of the track should be protected by a handrail with sturdy padded upright posts placed at intervals of approximately 10 feet. A safety kick rail shall be fastened to the top pf the track made of lumber bent to the curvature of the track. The track should be banked from the inside to the outside rail.
1. A minimum of one and a maximum of three officials shall be present in the infield at all times. If more than one official is present, one official shall be designated as head referee and shall be responsible for the final decisions on rule interpretations during the course of the game.
2. A medical trainer or doctor must be present or immediately available at all times.
3. A game announcer or track-side commentator shall be designated for each game.
4. A statistician will be designated for each game to record and tabulate the scoring and other game statistics as required.
5. A skate technician and/or track maintenance man shall be present or available at all times.
D. THE GAME
1. Each game shall be divided into 8 10-minute periods. Eight minute periods may be permitted in doubleheaders. The girls' teams will skate the first period, followed by the mens' teams, and then the girls and men will alternate for the remainder of the eight skating periods. There shall be a half-time intermission between the fourth and fifth skating periods.
2. Two points shall be entered in the league standings for the wining team in each game. In the event of a tie game it shall be so entered on the official score sheet adn one point shall be credited to each team in the league standings.
3. Overtime: in a playoff or championship game if the score is tied at the end of the game, the girls and men shall continue to skate alternate five-minute periods until a period ends with one team in the lead.
Where time is limited by TV restrictions or travel schedules or other emergencies, the officials may designate that the first team to score in the overtime period will be the winner.
4. The periods shall be timed by an official game clock which shall run continuously except during timeouts.
E. THE PACK
1. All skaters of both teams skating as a group around the track shall be termed the Pack.
2. The pack shall be considered intact hen the jammers (scorers) are in their proper position at the rear of the pack and the pivot man for each team are evenly together at the front of the pack. Each team shall be allowed two jammers who shall wear helmets to signify their eligibility.
To score. These helmets must be worn to score. In addition, each team shall have a pivot man, wearing a distinguishing helmet, who may become eligible to score after the first jammer is out of the pack. When the jammers and pivot men are in their designated positions, the referee shall signal the start of the jam (scoring play).
F. THE JAM (SCORING PLAY)
1. An attempt by one or more players from either team to score after the referee has signalled that the Pack is intact and at least one jammer (scorer) has moved from the rear to the front of the pack, shall be termed a Jam.
2. These skaters shall have a maximum of 60 seconds, in which to score, once the referee has officially signalled the start of the jam. The time will be determined by the official scorer and it shall be announced at regular intervals by the game announcer.
3. Conclusion of the jam. A jam shall be considered as ended when any of the following occurs:
1. Points are scored when one or more jammers circle the track within the 60 second time limit and pass one or more skaters of the opposing team who have remained in the pack. One point is awarded for each skater thus passed, by each jammer of each team. Only two skaters from each team are permitted to score on any one jam.
2. If a team has skaters in the penalty box at the time an opposing jammer passes all the remaining skaters of that team, each jammer will be awarded five points for so passing.
3. A jammer fouled on a jam by an opposing blocker may be awarded a point for such an infraction.
4. If an opposing skater commits a foul on another skater of the jammer's team and thus prevents the jammer from scoring, the jammer may be awarded points for such an infraction.
5. A blocker may be lapped on any single jam any number of times by a jammer and points recorded for each time the blocker is passed within the 60 second time limit.
6. A defensive skater forced into the infield who attempts to better his position upon returning to the pack will be considered as having been passed by the jammer for a point.
7. Passing a fouled skater:
8. A skater with skate trouble can not be passed for a point.
9. A jammer forced off the track or knocked down may resume a jamming position providing he does not improve his position.
1.REPORTING: A skater replacing team-mate must report to the official scorer unless the teammate is off the track because of accident or injury. The replacement must resume a position in the Pack. Failure to report shall be considered an illegal substitution and shall be penalized accordingly.
2. An illegal substitution will be considered as a 6th skater on the track at any time and team will be subject to a penalty of one jam.
3. IN the event of skate trouble a team is allowed an immediate substitution.
4. No substitution will be permitted during a jam except in the event of skate trouble, accident or injury. Defensive skaters forced off the track or injured may not be replaced until they have been passed for one point by the jammer.
Officials may levy fines against individual players or teams for infractions of the rules which, in the judgment of the officials, are so warranted.
1. Penalties: A penalty shall require that the penalized skater remain in the penalty box until the completion of the next subsequent jam.
A penalty box shall be placed immediately behind the team bench. Penalties may be called at the discretion of the officials for holding, illegal blocking, stalling, tripping, illegal use of hands, unnecessary roughness, fighting, insubordination, unsportsmanlike conduct and similar offenses.
2. Expulsion: A skater may be expelled from the game for the following: deliberate or unnecessary physical contact with the officials or gross unsportsmanlike conduct or insubordination.
3. Automatic Expulsion: A player who accumulates a total of five or more penalties is automatically expelled from the game and the penalized team must send a skater to the penalty box for the next two subsequent jams.
4. A team with mire than five members on the track at one time is subject to a penalty.
1. A skater may not block with his feet or trip an opponent.
2. At the discretion of the officials, other forms of illegal blocking may be called.
1. The coach or his designated replacement may enter a protest on the ruling of an official at any time during the progress of a game. Such a protest will be registered with the official scorer at the time and thus indicated on the official score sheet.
2. ON any disputed point that is not clearly spelled out in these rules, a consensus of the referees will make the final decision.
End of rules
With the establishment of the new ISC, the newly-appointed Commission has established a revised single set of rules to govern and regulate the skating of the banked track game.
In general there were few differences between the rules of the former Roller Derby and Roller Game leagues. With the exception of a few minor technical points, the games for the most part were essentially the same. When the two teams met in inter-league play the skaters had little difficulty adapting their game to that of their counterpart in the other league. As far as the fan is concerned, unless extremely astute and close observation of the two games was made, there was little difference that was apparent.
There are two visual differences as far as the use of helmets is concerned which will concern the fan. Three skaters from each team will now wear helmets, the two jammers and the pivot man. The latter's helmet ill be a different color form that of the Jammer. Each team must be evenly together at the front of the pack with the four jammers at the rear of the pack at the time that the referee declares that the pack has been formed and is intact.
After the referee's signal, the jammer may then move from the rear of the pack to the front. When one jammer has cleared the pack, the jam time will start. At this instant, the pivot men are permitted to score on any one jam, so if the pivot man becomes a jammer, one of the designated jammers is then ineligible to score.
One change made in regard to wearing of the helmet is that the jammer must retain his helmet during the jam in order to score. Formerly if the jammer's helmet fell or was knocked off accidentally, he was permitted to score without the helmet. Because of the abuse fo this privilege in the past, the Commission has tightened up on this requirement.
A rules governing the ending of the jam remain the same with the following modifications: The so-called "three second" rule used in Roller Games has been eliminated, when the lead jammer is downed he may get up and continue to jam regardless of how long he is down. However, if the lead jammer goes out of bounds by skating into the infield with both feet or is blocked or falls off the track, the jam is automatically over. To prevent a skater from calling off the jam while sitting on the track or in some other such postion, the rules have been clarified to state that in order to call off the jam, the skater must be in a skating position.
The so-called "final jam" rule used by one of the leagues in the past has been extended to apply to all 8 periods. The rules now read: "If the final jam of any period starts with less than 60 seconds of jam time remaining shall continue til 60 seconds have elapsed or the skater goes out of bounds or off the track or calls off the jam. This rule will prevent "stalling" by a team in the lead in order to run out the clock.
There have been only minor changes in the penalties, the Commission wisely believing that there were enough rules on the book and that strict enforcement was needed rather than new laws. One change is in the method of computing time in the penalty box. Rather than specifying the amount of time, a skater will be penalized for one jam, the next jam immediately following the reception of the penalty. All penalties will be for one play or one jam duration with the exception of banishment and that will require that the penalized team send a skater to the penalty box for 2 subsequent jams instead of one. Any player who receives 5 penalties will be banished for the remainder of the game. Banishment will always be for the entire game.
To put teeth into the rule requiring that a substitute report to the official scorekeeper when entering a game, the rules now consider failure to report as an illegal substitution and the guilty skater must spend one jam in the penalty box for such an infraction. This rule does not apply to skaters substituting for injured skaters or those with skate trouble who are forced off the track.
A new rule has been added which gives referees the power to decide on any point not specifically covered by the rules on a consensus basis. The commission has ordered that the officials to enforce all of the rules on a no-nonsense basis equally and impartially to all players and teams alike.
|Magazine Name||Roller Sports Illustrated 1975 Feb 1-15|
|Date of Magazine||Feb 1-15, 1975|
|Volume Information||Vol 3 No 7|
ROLLER SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
Vol 3 No 7 February 1-14, 1975