December 24, 2012

Advent Roller Derby: Post-bout curry

The final whistle blows, the head ref signals the end of the game… so what happens now? (No, don’t start singing that song from Evita!) There is often a lot of hugging straight after the end of a bout. Skaters hug their team-mates, their opposition,...

December 20, 2012

Advent Roller Derby: Communication

Communication is a big thing in roller derby. Skaters in each team tend to shout quite a lot at each other, or make signals to tell their team-mates what tactic to do so the other team don’t understand it. Referees have special hand signals for...

December 17, 2012

Advent Roller Derby: Bout reporting

The roller derby media is still in its youth but, as with the majority of the community, it’s all about the DIY ethos. Here in the UK, there’s two roller derby magazines, Lead Jammer and Inside Line – both editors are skaters, and the majority...

December 14, 2012

Advent Roller Derby: Pre-bout rituals

Perhaps unsurprisingly, most people have things that they repeatedly do before events they are nervous about. If you have a big meeting coming up at work, you might go and hide in the bathroom and try to calm down a bit, or maybe make a...

December 12, 2012

Advent Roller Derby: They’re leagues, Jim…

But not as you know them! Now, when I say ‘league’ within the general context of sports, I imagine you’re going to think of football. That’s ok, it’s a popular sport, you’re allowed to think of it. Simplify it down to the basics: a football...

December 11, 2012

Advent Roller Derby: What’s in a name?

There is a convention among rollergirls that no two skaters can have the same name. There is an enormous list of them at Two Evils, names like Metallikat, Snot Rocket Science, Ewan Wotarmy, Napoleon Blownapart, Barrie DeHatchet and #04 Fox Sake. It all started with...

December 10, 2012

Advent Roller Derby: Skater profile – John Don’t

Time for a skater profile! First up we have a relatively new skater from Suffolk, John Don’t! What’s your name / number? John Don’t (#999) Who do you skate for? Ipswich Roller Derby / Blue Thunder Rollers [an Anglo-American co-ed league based in Mildenhall and...

December 9, 2012

Advent Roller Derby: Scrimmage

Scrimmage is usually a private part of a league’s training, allowing them to try out new tactics, line-ups, and plays. Occasionally you might see something called a mixed scrimmage, this is open to skaters from other leagues. It’s a really important way of learning the...

December 8, 2012

Advent Roller Derby: Equipment

There’s a basic equipment list that every rollergirl, rollerboy, and referee needs to have. There are varying budgets, but I’m reliably informed you can get started in roller derby for about £200. Firstly you have the things that propel you forwards: skates! There are many...

December 7, 2012

Advent Roller Derby: Officials

Earlier, we looked at rule 2.2.2 from the WFTDA ruleset. I mentioned how there’s a new set of rules that will be used from January 1 2013. What I didn’t mention is how these rules are actually used, or how the sport of roller derby...

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