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Fresh Meat Pain – How the eff do I get lower??

If you’re a freshie, I bet the most heard phrase at training is “get lower!”. Coaches like to tell people to “get lower” all the time, especially during fresh meat when they’re trying to teach a room full of Bambi-on-rollerskaters how to skate safely. But what exactly is low? In derby stance, low means; knees bent, butt down, chest up …

Great Resources For Freshies – Rules, Gifs, Skills, Drills

If you’re getting close to the actually-practicing-derby part of your training, the times a’coming where you need to learn the rules and strategies that are involved. When people explain rules and strategies with their words, it can sound like they are speaking a foreign language. Even doing the things in drills can be mega confusing, you have 10000 things going …

Dear Skater… A Letter From Your Coach

Does it feel like your coach is always criticising you?   Do you seem to get told to “dig in” “get lower” or “stop!” more than anyone else?   Do you go home thinking, “Did I do anything right at all tonight?! Seems all I did was get stuff wrong.”   I’m here to tell you that you shouldn’t feel …

Advice From The Roller Derby World For Your First Ever Bout!!

So you are about to take part in your first Cherry Popper, either with your team or in a mixed bout. You are pooping yourself and need lots of advice right? Never fear! The derby world is here for you! I asked my Facebook and Twitter friends what piece of advice they would give to someone on their first ever …

15 Roller Derby Kit Care Tips

To make all that expensive gear you’ve just blown your wages on last, you have to care for it. Caress it, stroke it, hold it close. Ok, maybe not but you really should show it some kind of love! Stinky Pads Don’t leave your sweaty pads in your bag with your skates. Your caustic sweat can cause the parts to …

Things They Never Tell You About Roller Derby

As a way of giving back to all the Freshies out there and, with the help of some of my gorgeous teammates, I’ve put together a list of things they never tell you about roller derby. Because the more you know, the better prepared you can be……. Say goodbye to nice hair – extreme amounts of sweat, evening practices, late …

7 Things You Can Do On Skates That Will Make You A Better Roller Derby Player

1. Outdoor Skating – If you are used to skating on nothing but flat, flat sports court, the smoothest looking pavement will feel like skating over a violently undulating beast thats trying to kill you. There are all sorts of potential hazards – stones, drains, sudden surface changes, random bulges – which are all great for building your stability, core …

10 Exercises To Strengthen Your Confidence Muscle

Feeling like crap at the moment, as if everyone who started at the same time as you has overtaken you, both figuratively and literally? Do you come away from practice feeling like you are never going to be good enough? Does it seem like skating comes so easily to everyone else whilst you are spending more time in your ass than …

“I’m not fit enough to even try Derby”

On Saturday, I popped my best friend’s Derby cherry by taking her to watch Tiger Bay vs Crime City in Cardiff. She told me she has dreamt about Roller Derby every day since! She says she wishes she could skate and that she’d love to give Derby a go. YEY! I’m excited and want to pull her into our weird …