Angel City Derby Girls Open Their Season

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We've been covering the Derby Dolls since the Winter and now we bring you the Angel City Derby Girls (ACDG). You won't see a Derby vs. Angel match because they are in two different leagues, respectively as banked track and flat track. And like Derby, Angel City is made up of local teams such as the Berzerkers and the Shore Shots who played head to head last night.

Rules are also different with Angel City. A Derby Dolls game can usually end up with scores like 35 to 29 while Angel City can end its games in the hundreds (last nights match was 142 to 96, Berzerkers). That's because the point systems are different with each jam (a jam is one match of many within one of three 20-minute sets that make up the bout [the bout is the whole game]). For Angel City, jammers can score however many points they can in a jam while with Derby, you can only score a limited amount.

Angel City plays at a self-named space called Heaven's Gate (it's really a warehouse on West 31st St. abut the 110 Freeway near USC). The no-barrier flat track games are just as violent as the Derby Dolls, but with a little more taste of more blood for the audience: when a Derby Girl crashes and skids, it is usually into the audience (or sometimes on the lap of an audience member for extra special action).

Angel City's full season schedule is not announced yet, but with two Roller Derby leagues in town, you have plenty of ass kicking moments to look forward too.

Update: Hannah Grenade of the Derby Dolls schools us on our scoring errata: "The Derby Dolls are not limited in their scoring. They can score as much as they can within a 1 minute jam, while AC/DG plays with 2 minute jams. Our skaters rarely make it through the pack the second time because our jams are 1/2 as long."

Photos and Montage by KC Jones and from their MySpace Page.