How To Prepare for a Tournament When You’re The Underdog

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Dublin Roller Derby had an absolutely incredible time at Pittsburgh’s D2 Playoffs + Champs over the weekend of August 18-20th. They came in as the bottom seed but took home three nail-biting wins, beating Naptown by two and No Coast by just one point.  Dublin came to fuck everyone’s brackets and did just that, contributing to the most exciting D2 playoffs ever …

5 Exercises To Make You A Better Jammer

So jamming’s hard, right? You’re one person trying to fight through three or four other people who really don’t want to let you past. Also, jammers are often smaller than blockers. Juking and jiving is great but blockers these days are smart and often don’t bite – they hold their ground and try to force you to choose and edge. But …

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 …

Game Day Mental Toughness Part 2: On Game Day

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Welcome to Part 2 of the Game Day Mental Toughness series. This follows on from Part 1 (obvs) where you learnt how ridiculously nervous I used to get before games. So much so I didn’t enjoy them at all. And I really, really wanted to enjoy them! Games are the reason we train so hard, they are the culmination of all …

Game Day Mental Toughness Part 1: Pre-Game

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So you’ve got a roller derby game coming up and you’re starting to feel a bit nervous. Maybe a bit more than nervous. Maybe you’ve been vomiting twice a day for the last week. I get it. True story: Early on in my derby career, I would used to get so nervous before games that I would get stomach pains, cry, argue …