Question: What's the most common misconception about roller derby?
The most common misconception about how roller derby is played is the legitimacy of the sport. For years roller derby has struggled to prove that it's a real sport. There are many factors that cause this opinion among present-day fans.
"80's Staged Derby" is an excellent example of the one of the things holding modern derby back. This was when derby was a lot like wrestling. Another factor is the... eccentric wardrobe that sometimes accompanies derby. Creative derby names are another part of the game that can sometimes hold back the sport.
But back to the staged derby. First of all, there is no fighting in modern roller derby. If any two players fight, they are ejected from the game. No legitimate team that I know of stages anything in a bout. Girls do get hurt and they have real hospital bills to prove it. When it comes to the wardrobe, there are two reasons people dress the way they do. One is for protection. Fishnets and stockings help the players from skin-to-floor contact. The second is for aesthetic purposes. Lastly, the derby names. Most mainstream sports use people's real names. Derby (because of the people the sport attracts) continues its long tradition of having your alter-ego represent you. A majority (but definitely not all) of the people involved in derby are alternative in some way, which lends to attract more alternative players.