On Saturday, I skated in my first tournament. It was a mix-up tournament, so I did not know who I’d be skating with until I showed up that morning. Luckily, I ended up on a team with three people from my team and two or three more that I have skated with in other mix-up bouts.
Last week was literally the worst practice I’ve had in my entire derby career. We were doing a lot of endurance, which I suck at because I have none, and it just felt like I could do absolutely nothing right. Every week we log into this group chat and say what went well about the practice and all I could say is “I did…
I was finally cleared on Monday to go back to skating, after a month off skates, and had my first practice back last night. It went pretty well. I did not scrimmage, so I reffed instead. It’s a lot harder, for me, than actually skating, because when I’m skating, I’m really only focused on about 3 people at at time -…
The derby has been rather quiet of late - I had a massive release I was working on that kept me out for two weeks, plus family birthdays - and now I am recuperating from a concussion. No one’s fault, really, I took a hard hit in just the right/wrong way, and fell back and hit my head. I was wearing a certified multi…
I spent last week off on vacation with the kiddos, but there was still derby happening.
Our fall season of derby started last night, and the first month is always “back to basics” for the newbies that come on board. It really is amazing to me how far I have come in the past six months.
I ended up not bouting at the beginning of May - I had dropped in on a practice with the team, and their coaching staff did not feel that I was ready.
I was more than little nervous about going to practice last night, because we had an injury last week, and because one of the gals who went to the bout ended up partially tearing her PCL, and another one skipped practice to rest a less seriously injured knee. I went though, and just tried not to think about it.
Last night was our last scrimmage prior to the team traveling to Laramie (I am not traveling, this time!).
Not vicious in a bad way, as in I don't think anyone out on the track was being malicious last night. But vicious in the sense that today I am a collection of aches and bruises after a couple of really nasty tumbles last night.
No adventures in roller derby last week as the children had given me an awful cold and it's hard to skate when you cannot breathe.
That was my one and only penalty of the night - failure to reform. Basically that means the ref did not think I moved quickly enough to rejoin the pack when he called "no pack".
Another good, if shortened practice (shortened for birthday cake! which I made, because I rock).
Last night was more scrimmaging. Some passive (positional blocking, limited contact) and some aggressive (lots of contact). Tried jamming again, twice. Got through the pack first both times, and then had to call the jam off before scoring any points because I remain slow and lumbering.
So there's a couple of places to check derby names online. The old two evils site, and the newer derby roll call.
Tonight we scrimmaged again. That is where 5 people on a side scrum for 2 minutes or less to try to score. 1 jammer (who scores by passing the opposing team) and 4 blockers. First jammer clear of the pack takes lead and can call the jam
For Valentine's day, my husband got me a gift certificate to Derbyville - our local roller derby store. I bought new knee pads and a new set of toe stops.
No week 4, as I had a bad hacking cold.
Missed last week due to catching a cold from the youngest, so it's back to the pack tonight. I am hoping that my body hasn't forgotten too much in the last week.
After commenting on a post on groupthink, it occurred to me that a lot of people might not know the differences between the various league styles.