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make it important.
The Lingo of Roller Derby
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Sprechen sie derby? Here’s a basic, small glossary of terms so that people outside of the world of derby can understand what the heck we’re talking about!
Become a More Aggressive Skater
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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!
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Even the most intimidating, hardcore, hard hitting, awesome, derby girls in your league/on your team have that one other derby girl they’re intimidated by.
Let Me In: Roller Derby : A Rant
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My team is a small and fairly new team/league.There are around 40 of us and we’ve been doing this anywhere from 2 years to 6 months, and we have a few girls who have played in the big leagues too, but only a few.
Let me start by saying this, I love my girls, they’re my sisters. They are strong,…
“If you want to play roller derby, then do it, but be ready to go through the tedious shit that it takes to build your endurance and skill. Don’t fucking puss out when you find out that one night might be a bit harder than what you’re used to. If you’re really passionate about roller derby then you’ll go to get better.
If you don’t want to play roller derby, and you just want to dress like a derby girl, and get all the advantages that derby girls get, then don’t do it. If you don’t want to play and put your heart into the game and into learning about it and into gaining your skills so you can really kick ass and earn that title, then don’t show up.”
Right on, sista!
^ What they said.
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The frozen vegetables/fruit in the freezer were not meant to be eaten, but are actually ice packs
If I pass my minimum skills (or at least pass a decent amount of it) I’ll be rewarding myself with some new wheels, but there are so many options! I thought I’d throw it out to the all-knowing derby girls of the internet…
My current wheels are 94a. I’ve played around with pairing 4 of them with 4 wheels at 96a, and it worked quite well (I weigh 16 stone, and I’ll probably end up as a power blocker, so even my pushers need to be fairly slick but I also don’t need to have jammer-level speed).
Should I go down, and get some pushers that are under 94a, or should I keep my 94a’s as my pushers and get something slicker?
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Maybe I should get back into sports…
Soccer wasn’t violent enough and I miss my bruises
Funny how I stopped soccer and wrestling and all that stuff because I was worried about ruining my body, I think I miss it too much though
Just need to talk to someone about it.
-is 18 too late to start?
-is it possible to begin with little experience on skates?
-does it take over your life?
Doooo it. Starting roller derby is the best thing I’ve done in a long time! To answer your questions:
1) Depending on where you live and the league’s insurance the minimum ages are either 18 or 21, so no way are you too old! (Also, some leagues will let under 21s play with permission from a parent/guardian)
2) One or two leagues that I’ve seen will take beginner skaters, but realistically you do need to be reasonably confident on skates. By which I mean, you can move yourself forward and be confident that you (probably) won’t fall down. A good fresh meat program will teach you everything else that you need for derby. If you’re not yet confident on your skates, try going to roller discos!
3) I’ll be honest, it can do. But for most skaters, it takes over because we love it to the point that we WANT to be skating all the time. Being part of a team require commitment and dedication the same as any sport. Several US leagues have ‘rec’ teams for people who just want to have fun with playing derby rather than competing at a higher level.
Explore the possibilities for derby in your area, go to a local bout, ask questions! All of the derby girls I’ve met have been, without exception, lovely and really happy to answer my stupid questions!
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Combat Roller Derby Gossip! – Gossip is Roller Derby Poison
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One thing that I tried to implement into the code was a message about that dreadful dirty word… Gossip. I have always believed that in any organization gossip can be blamed for the majority of dissatisfaction and unrest, distrust, and attrition (turnover rates). Not to mention gossip is without a doubt a killer of all the fun that being a part of roller derby can offer.
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We got tired of playing nice, so we started playing roller derby.
#1 Rule: Get into shape.
Get into better shape. Not yet. Keep working. More conditioning. Stronger legs. Better lungs. Jammers skate twice as fast as blockers. Jammers hit three times as much as blockers. Jammers fall down (and get back up) twice as much as blockers. Jammers need to be in WAY better shape than blockers. Blockers will always have fresher legs.
#2 Rule: Never surrender.
Blockers can smell blood. Never let them see you getting discouraged or tired. That gives blockers MORE energy. Always keep trying and keep moving. You will eventually escape. A hole will open. Just don’t give up. Your team is counting on you to just keep trying. A jammer who quits is dead to me.
#3 Rule: Move your feet.
A jammer’s main advantage is that blockers have to react to YOU. The second your feet stop moving in a pack, blockers can anticipate your movements. As long as your feet are moving, they can never be sure what your next move will be. Keep moving your feet in the pack…always.
#4 Rule: Follow your blockers.
When you enter the pack, don’t focus on the opposing blockers. Focus on YOUR blockers. Your blockers are going to open holes for you to skate through. The opposing blockers will not. If you are looking for a way out (and you are ALWAYS looking for a way out) then look at YOUR own blockers.
#5 Rule: Stay out of the danger zone.
Never skate outside when you are in the turns. Get back to the inside line on the turns. Don’t let blockers get inside position on you in the turns.
#6 Rule: Stopping fast is more important than skating fast.
If you are able to stop faster than your opponents (in bounds and out of bounds) you gain a much bigger advantage than being able to outrun your opponents. Master at least two of these stops: plow stop, turnaround toestop, hockey stop.
#7 Rule: Jam like a blocker. Block like a jammer. When you’re blocking the best thing you can do is think like a jammer. Where would you go? What would you do, if you were jamming now? The same goes for jamming. What is that blocker expecting me to do? When are they at their most vulnerable? Can I HIT THEM to get them out of my way?
Jamming is 1% physical and 99% mental. It’s all about intimidation. The best jammers are FAR more intimidating than the meanest blockers. Be intimidating. Be cocky. Jamming is about attitude. Time to be a star.
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Quad Almighty’s seven rules for jammers changed the way I think about jamming. I stopped being afraid of it when I read these rules and started relishing it. (via malicemunro)
Printing this out and sticking it to my derby inspiration wall right now.