My latest derby injury – courtesy of Chariot Sophia, and a wall! We seriously need a bigger practice space – we train on a track 2/3 the size of a regulation track and still only have about 2 foot around the edge (we get a lot of cut track majors while scrimmaging!)
Fortunately, summer means we move to training at Sussex uni which is waaaaay bigger 🙂
DERBY AMERICA!: Knee Down Start Take 2
Tags: counter tactics, ecdx, gotham, knee down start, roller derby, roller girls, rose city, tactics
A few months ago, I had written about the Knee Down Start. It is a loophole of the rule set currently being played in WFTDA regulation games that the Gotham Girls have made into an art form. When it hit the derby scene, it was thought to be a fad. It was thought to be used for one specific…
(warning for lots of words. I do this after every training session, thought I’d share this one)
Things I need to work on:
Know when to shut up. This is something I need to work on for life in general, but it does apply to derby too. It’s harder in derby because you have to keep talking to your teammates, and once I turn on the talky part of my brain I CANNOT PAUSE IT. I have no pause button. This is common among people with Aspergers Syndrome, but that face doesn’t make people any less annoyed with you 😉
Don’t just keep hitting someone over and over again if you’re just bouncing off them- try something different. In theory I KNOW this, and yet as soon as I get into a scrimmage it’s like the kid inside me takes over and goes “YEAH HIT ‘EM AGAIN” when in fact it would be more effective to go for a lean or skip in front and booty block them.
Penalties to avoid: I got called for a couple forearm minors and one minor track cut, and one major low block. The low block was an unfortunate accident, one of the opposing players was already falling and happened to fall into my leg and I got the penalty. Annoying, but that’s how it is. Need to get some advice on how to avoid those forearm minors because I have no idea.
CAN OPENERS. I’m not sure this will ever be my specialty. I think I did okay considering that we were learning them for the first time, but I hit a lot of ribs and tits and less solar plexus. These are only really effective on someone taller than you, I think.
I need to sort out my feelings about hitting people. I hit one of the other rookies during a scrimmage with a brilliant, completely legal hard hit but she fell backwards and hurt her coccyx. How do you balance the guilt of being part of someone getting injured with the “FUCK YEAH” feeling of laying on a really awesome block?
Got an elbow to the head twice from the same person while scrimmaging and the refs didn’t catch it either time, which I found really annoying. I know she’s not doing it on purpose, and they’re not missing it on purpose, but still. Elbow + Head = Dangerous. That’s why there are no high-block minors! Maybe I should get one of those impact stickers that thy use for testing car crashes on my helmet? 😉
Good stuff: I’m sprawling less and falling small more. This is good. My confidence in jumping/hopping is getting better (we did a brilliant drill for this). Getting more confident in shoulder checks. Still prefer hip-checks though. All of a sudden tonight my speed jumped way up. No idea why, although at the end of the three hours it fell way down but I think that’s acceptable 🙂
If anyone made it through all that and has any thoughts/advice/pointers please share them, I will make you cake. It might be virtual cake, but it’s the thought that counts, right? 😉
Tags: debrief, practice, reflections, roller derby, roller girls, scrimmage, thoughts, training
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Just clicked onto my dashboard and got this as the first thing. Awesome greeting.
Tags: awesome, giff, hello, john green, kiss, lol
Roller derby enthusiastically celebrates a very healthy idea of sexuality. You’re sexy because you’re strong and athletic, not because you’re underfed and falling all over yourself to please some boy who totally doesn’t even deserve it.
Tags: athletes, athletic, awesome, roller derby, roller girls, sexuality, sexy, strong, truth, women
Shauna Cross, author of “Whip It”, the novel. (via ukulelly
Tags: funny, gear, lol, macro, referee, roller derby, rules, zebra
Tags: fight, funny, hump, humping, lol, macro, referee, roller derby, zebra
Tags: fear, funny, lol, macro, referee, roller derby, skating, zebra
Tags: funny, lol, macro, refferee, roller derby, rules, zebra
Did you guys now about fuckyeahrollerderbyzebra ?
Perpetual Thoughts: Whip It by Shauna Cross
Tags: book, film, interview, movie, Q&A, roller derby, roller girls, shauna cross, whip it
Yesterday I read “Whip It” by Shauna Cross. I saw the movie last year, by recommendation of my aunt, and really enjoyed it. The book is charming, witty and hilarious. I found Bliss, with her blue hair and thrift store finds, to be very relateable and realistic. The clashing worlds of pageants and…
Become a More Aggressive Skater
Tags: advice, agression, article, hits, roller derby, roller girls, skating, tips
While it’s easy to learn proper skating techniques, blocks, falls, and recoveries, learning to become more aggressive can be a challenge. With the right training, anyone can become a derby super star.
Aggressive skating is a technical advantage in derby and the best skaters are always aggressive as well as defensive in their movements. Positional blocking is effective, but aggressive manuevers take a good skater to great.
Tips and Tricks
Get Comfortable: The best way to increase your aggressive skating abilities is to become one with your skates. Aggressive skaters know what their skates can do and trust them when skating. Try leaning more when performing crossovers and skate the edges of your wheels. This helps you to learn how your skates and wheels operate and allows you to begin trusting them as you roll out.
Learn to Lean: Practice leaning when you skate. Lean into turns and practice sliding stops (slide to the side with both feet together). Partner up with another skater and practice leaning into each other while skating. Alternate between shoulder leans and hip leans until they feel natural. Work on keeping your wheels from locking with your partners wheels and try to stay connected while you lap the track.
Hit Everything: Use your hips and shoulders as much as possible throughout the day. Hip check doors open, the shower wall, trash cans, etc. Shoulder check the same way. Look around you and find something to hit and keep on hitting it! I used a concrete pillar in a parking garage for quite awhile. Practicing hits helps you to feel confident when engaging another skater on the track and the more comfortable you are with it, the more aggressively you will skate.
List Your Strengths: Knowing your advantages can also increase aggressive skating abilities. When you realize how awesome you are at certain skills, confidence increases and helps when attempting other skills. Track your progress and set goals. Be happy with your accomplishments and journal your milestones so you can look back when feeling down. Reaching new goals will help you to attempt more complicated skills and improve your aggressiveness at the same time.
Have No Fear: Learn to use your pads and trust them like you trust your skates. Knowing how to fall diminshes fear and hesitation when engaging in a pack. Practicing hits is the best way to lose your fear, so find another skater and practice hits until you can send her (or him) flying. Having confidence in your ability to land an awesome hit allows you to hit harder and more often, instead of hesitating.
Stop Hesitating: This goes along with the saying, “Hit first and think later”. If you have mastered the other tips, there is no reason left to hesitate. Hit, hit, hit and then look back at what you could have done better. The best skaters go all out, and don’t hold back. Remember: the harder you hit, the more respect you are showing for the other skater. Hesitating can also cause injuries, so go for it!
Leave Your Comfort Zone: When skating, try things that make you feel uncomfortable. Challenge yourself as often as you can and never tell yourself something is impossible. Try hitting the skate park or take a long outdoor adventure. Jump over cracks and lines or something larger.
Pump Yourself Up: Push yourself harder by making noises. Growl, grunt, yell…do what you can do to get amped up. Make the conscience decision not to hold back anything, and then put your all into each hit you deliver. Try to push it even more each time, until you are hitting like a super beast every time!
Still need help to deliver those hard hits? Email 16 Wheeled Weirdos at: firstname.lastname@example.org for league training and bootcamps.
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I DID THIS. With Dan and Alex, and contributions from the minds of Fensome and Oscar Wilde. We made awesome signs. The had glitter, mutilated Oscar Wilde quotes, and boobs.
I credit the posters entirely for the Brighton Rockers’ win today 😉
Tags: beach bash bosh, bout, brighton, brighton rockers, derby girls, derby otter, posters, roller derby, roller girls, seaside sirens, southend, support, team, win
“Non-skating friends complain the don’t see you anymore.
THEY SHOULD PUT SOME SKATES ON.”
Tags: change, derby otter, friends, macro, roller derby, roller girls
I wish i had that amount of power in my body!
she literally takes a god damn ride on beyonslay.
I aspire to be everything that moment is when it comes to roller derby.
Tags: beyonslay, block, bout, hit, roller derby, roller girls
Here’s the picture of ‘Slay that I was talking about. It’s one of my favorite pictures I’ve taken. She scared the Rose City blocker so much she made her blurry.
this is what I want to be able to do, but I haven’t got enough muscle on me! Better get eating 😀
On Saturday you will get to see Sham (and hopefully Suzi) play. That might change your mind about blockers and size 😉
Our sport would be much improved by cats on roller skates.
Tags: cat, lead jammer, lol, paw, ref, roller derby, signal
The Derby Girl’s Body Manifesto, by Blockodile Dundee.
Tags: awesome, body, manifesto, roller derby, roller girls
“The amazing thing about roller derby is that there is no ideal body type. “I’m five foot nothing, and weigh 90 pounds, I couldn’t play roller derby.” Are you kidding me? As a jammer, you’re going to be untouchable! “I’m over six feet tall and built like a brick shit-house, I could never keep up with some of those skaters”. And just what do you think the chances are of somebody being able to knock you down? In roller derby, every physical attribute you possess brings something to the table. If you’re short, you can squeeze through tiny holes. If you’re tall, you can take up the entire track with your plow. If you’re a feather weight, you’ll learn to bounce between blockers and off the floor like you’re comprised entirely of Silly Putty. If you’ve got a solid build, you will send skaters flying, and be able to withstand just as much.
You stop seeing these once-undesirable aspects of yourself as horrible defects – in fact; you might stop seeing them altogether. The attributes of my body I am most proud of have certainly changed since I became a skater – while I used to take great joy in wearing waist-cinching belts to prove that some part of me was, indeed, “skinny”, these days I love nothing more than tightening my quads and prodding at them, then high-fiving myself about how solid they feel.
Most importantly, I no longer see parts of my body as anything other than tools – tools I use to carry myself around, to skate, to hit, to jump, to sit, to stand, and to dance at after-parties. The bits that used to be my worst enemies are now treasured allies. And for that, I thank roller derby.”
Tags: jack harkness, lol, texts from last night, torchwood
Some people say homosexuality is a sin. It’s not. God is perfectly cool with it, God feels the exact same way about homosexuality that God feels about heterosexuality. Now you might say, ‘Whoa, slow down. You move too fast. How could you have the audacity, the temerity, to speak on behalf of God?’ Exactly, that’s an excellent point and I pray that you remember it.
GPOY. Except without the “mastering” part. SOME DAY.
Tags: derby otter, fail, fall, roller derby, roller otter, transitions