Improve You Derby Mindset: Adapt, Reject, Add

“Absorb what is useful, reject what is not and add what is specifically your own.” Have you ever heard that quote from Bruce Lee? It’s a really great quote that I think can be applied to SO much of life, including… roller derby! There is A LOT of information about roller derby out there. Off-skates training, mental toughness books and …

What I Learned From Taking 4 Months Off Roller Derby

At the end of the season last year, my brain, body and bank account finally said “Enough!” and I was forced to take some proper time off from roller derby.  I was emotionally, mentally, fiscally and physically exhausted and I wasn’t interested in anything remotely roller derby. Looking back I think I was probably slightly depressed, but I was definitely …

Why I Took 4 Months Off From Roller Derby

At the end of the 2017 summer, just after my team and I got home from Mayday Mayhem – my first ever American tournament – I began to descend into what I can only describe as a derby depression. At first I felt exhausted and directionless – “play in U.S tournament” was literally my main goal when I joined CCR. …

Mental Toughness Minimum Skills: Habits

The WFTDA Minimum Skills are designed to help make you a safe and knowledgeable skater, ready to take on the game of roller derby. You learn how to fall, how to stop, how to go and how to hit. You get fitter, stronger and more stable and you learn the rules. But I believe the Minimum Skills are missing a …

Preparing For Your First Roller Derby Tournament

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As you may know, I’ve recently returned from a trip to Colorado where I took part in my first ever multi-day, multi-game roller derby tournament. Before going I was nervous – would I have the fitness, stamina and mental energy to survive it? As I’ve never experienced something like it before, how could I know? This feeling was compounded by …

Game Day Mental Toughness Part 3: Post-Game

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Welcome to Part 3 of the Game Day Mental Toughness series. You can read part 1 here and part 2 here! Everyone knows its important to work on mental toughness before a game but its importance extends beyond the final whistle. This is especially so if you had a bad game or your team lost but also applies to analysing …