McALESTER — The Mac Town Sugar Skulls, McAlester’s women’s roller derby team, started competing at a mashup in April in Davis. Then they went to Oklahoma City in June for another mashup
The Sugar Skulls will make their hometown debut with the “Red, White and Bruised Mashup” tonight at 5 p.m. at Route 69 Roller Dome in McAlester.
“We’re very excited,” Sugar Skulls president Danielle “Lt. Dan” Bly said.
“It’s going to be different for us, because we have to put it on, and there’s a (lot) of stuff that goes with that,” team treasurer Melissa “Damnit Janet” German said.
Unlike team competitions, mashups take players from multiple teams and combine them into entirely new squads. There’ll be a women’s bout consisting of two 30-minute halves, then a coed bout with the same format.
“Mashups are for fun,” German said. “It’s really just to gain experience.
“This one’s a big deal for us, because it’s kind of getting us out to the other teams and the refs, as well as the community.”
Each half is broken up into shorter rounds of approximately two minutes. Each team puts five skaters on the track: four blockers and one jammer.
The jammers, usually identifiable by the stars on their helmets, then try to race around the track, scoring points for every opposing blocker they pass. Whichever jammer finishes the opening lap first becomes the “lead jammer” and gets the ability to end the match whenever she chooses.
If a fast jammer races against a much slower one and becomes the lead, for example, she could use this strategically by passing each opposing blocker once, scoring a quick four points and ending the round before the slower jammer has passed even one.
“The first mashup I played in, I had two really fast jammers on my team,” German said. “If it wasn’t for them, I don’t think we would’ve won.”