RollerCon 2016 Review

RollerCon. I got home Tuesday night after what felt like 48 hours of travel and no sleep. I caught Ubers, planes, trains, tubes and car rides to get there and back and during my trip I stopped in Birmingham, London, Brighton, Edmonton, Las Vegas, Vancouver and Reading. The amount of travelling for a week in Vegas was epic and has …

Guest Post: Armour Flex Shin Guards Review

Hello fellow breakers and safety conscious derby fans! A while ago I reviewed Armour Flex’s ankle guards, which you can read all about here: https://www.treblemaker909.com/2015/08/13/guest-post-review-armourflex/ In that review I said I was very keen to try the shin guards, and I recently purchased a pair. I was keen to try them out, but was also excited to discover the upgraded socks …

Quick Practice: Apex & Straightaway Jumps

Just a super quick post to show you a couple of jumps you can practice in the park/street/hockey rink… wherever you have space! Both jumps are ‘jammer’ jumps, in that you are avoiding a blocker. However, blockers can and do use these all the time. Especially that Juke Boxx. Here she is doing a REVERSE apex jump to drag a …

Drills: Toe Stop Work for Noobs

By now, you have probably noticed that round, rubbery thing on the front of your skate. It’s a toe stop. You might be looking at it all perplexed thinking, “How am I supposed to use that thing?!” Using toe stops for the first time, especially if you aren’t a high-heel wearer, can be daunting. But although you can learn to …

Why Mixed Gender Roller Derby Is So Awesome

Gender inclusive. Mixed gender. No gender. All gender. Whatever you call it, I really, really love playing co-ed roller derby. What other sport can you name where men and women (and all the genders in between) play together and against one another on an equal footing? Last weekend I had the pleasure of playing in Sci Fight II, a co-ed …

Treble’s Gear Reviews – Deadbolt Grand Slam Knee Pads

The guys over at Deadbolt Pads kindly sent me a pair of their Grand Slam knee pads to review. There has been a lot of excitement over their new knee pads, with space-age velcro and lower profile compared to their old Elite pads so I couldn’t wait to test them out. I already have the old Deadbolt Jammer Elite knee …

10 Tips For Your First Bout

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Tomorrow will be the first game of 2016 for my team. It is also the first game with our new line up. This is a bit of a weird situation to be in – half the team have been bouting for 3 or 4 years and for the other half, this will be their first open game! It’s made me …

Cant Skate, Won’t Skate

Truth bomb: not everyone is cut out for playing derby. Learning to skate is hard. Learning to play derby is hard. Taking huge hits is hard. Not every body is designed for such a physically demanding sport and not every brain is designed to deal with competition. Not everyone has the balance or the coordination or enjoys being covered in bruises. …

Guest Post – How To Help Your Injured Teammate

Trigger warning: graphic description of broken bones.   Recently, Betty Swoobies of the Belfast City Rockets got in touch with me, asking if I could give her teammates shout out for being awesome when she recently broke. I saw the photos on Instagram and thought what her buddies had done was brilliant so I couldn’t say no!   “So I …

Offence 101

We’ve recently been training offence with our newer skaters & at first they found it all quite confusing, not knowing when, where or how they should be doing O! Therefore, I decided to write down what I believe to be the basic concepts behind offence so that, when on the track, their objectives were clear and they only had to …