How To Bring Your A-Game To Every Practice

If you want to be a competitive skater and you want to make the A-team, just showing up to practice ain’t gonna cut it. To get the most out of training you have to come with a certain intensity. Not only because you will learn more personally and show your coaches that you can work, but also because you push your …

How To Deal With Setbacks

You failed your min skills. You didn’t make the team. You’re injured. You lost that game. You fouled out. There are a plethora of setbacks that we can end up facing on our roller derby journey. Setbacks are unavoidable. But what matters is how we deal with these set backs. Yes, they suck, some more than others but they all …

“There’s No Sorry In Roller Derby” NOT TRUE!

“There’s no sorry is roller derby” is a thing that has been around since forever. I don’t exactly agree with that statement and, it may be my stereotypical British politeness kicking in here, but I think there are plenty of times when you should say sorry! Things You Should Say Sorry For Being a douche – we all have those days, …

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 down about it. …

The Roller Derby Rainbow – Why You Will Never Reach Perfection

Perfection – It’s an illusion. When you begin training for roller derby, there are one million new things to learn, most of which you will probably suck at. Then, one day, after lots of hard work, sweat, blood and practice you will realise that you have become pretty good at that whole skating thing. You can plow stop, you can do …

Aggression & Roller Derby – How To Control Your Inner Hulk

If you suddenly turn green and burst out of your clothes at the slightest perceived insult or mistake, you may have noticed that, afterwards, your performance is effected. You may also find that, after your Hulk-out, you feel guilty and ashamed for being a D-bag to your teammates. As we discussed before, roller derby is a fast paced, aggressive game …