[VIDEO] Roller Derby Tutorial – Pivot Transitions

Learn how to do pivot transitions for roller derby!

Pivot transitions require you to use your front and back edges – your front edge is your toe edge/your front wheels and your back edge is your heel edge/back wheels.

These transitions are great for you if you:

  • Struggle opening your hips
  • Need to transition in a small space (i.e near a line)
  • Need to transition at speed
  • Play roller derby (because we need lots of tools in our toolbox!)

How to do a pivot transition

Watch the video here:

Forwards to backwards 180:

  • Split your stance so you have one leg forward
  • Bend your knees and put your weight into your front (toe) edges
  • Flick your hips as you lift your heels and turn to backwards
  • If your left leg is leading, turn to the right
  • If your right leg is leading, turn to the left

Backwards to forwards 180:

  • Split your stance in the same way as before
  • Bend your knees and put the weight into your heels
  • Flick your hips as you raise your toes and turn your body to forwards
  • If your left leg is leading (further behind you) then you turn to the left
  • If your right leg is leading (further behind you) then you turn to the right
  • Either link your 180 turns by turning back the way you just turned OR do a 360 by switching your split stance before continuing to turn in the same direction

Edge work to help you get there:

  • Both skates front edges, weight over your toes and heels lift
  • Both skates back edges, weight over your heels and toes lift
  • Leading leg on back edge, trailing leg on front edge
  • Leading leg on front edge, trailing leg on back edge
  • Make sure you practice with BOTH legs leading and try them all while rolling BACKWARDS! 😱

I was first taught this method by Rolling Thunder and My Furieux way back when!

Further reading:

Pivot Transitions with Radar Wheels & Shark Week

Pivot Transitions with Skate Britain

P.S Join the Facebook group: http://tm909.co/derby-strong-group