Category: Roller Derby
Scabs Knee Pads
After 5 months of wear the padding in my TSG knee pads was pretty worn down and they really weren’t fully protecting my knees anymore, I competed in my first mixed scrimmage and after a few falls and one severely damaged knee later I decided it was time to upgrade! So for my birthday I plumped for a set of Smiths Scabs Elites. The first set I got were small/medium but the Velcro wouldn’t even meet at the back, I don’t have particularly chunky legs but I think I must fall somewhere in between the small/medium and the large so after a quick exchange from the lovely people at Skate Britain I had my nice shiny new ones, the Velcro now overlaps at the back and can we tightened to fit. All I can say is wow, they … Read More »
So you may be wondering (like I did) Roller Derby sounds awesome but what the heck are the rules?
If so I have put this blog post together to give you a basic understanding of the players needed, what they need to do and how you can score points.
So as you can see from this diagram the track is a sort of oval-roundy shape! It’s probably this shape as it is easy to go around in than a square and unlike a circle you don’t get a straight to pick up speed.
As a general rule of thumb all of the skaters need to skate in the anti-clockwise direction (the way the arrow is pointing).
There are two teams (in this case a red team and a green team). Each team on the track is made up of 5 girls. 3 of … Read More »
Now we have started doing some contact and pack work we all have to have a gum shield us girlies like to play rough you know!
I have done Tae Kwon Do for 9 years now and had been using a shock doctor mouth guard for when I do sparring and although it served its purpose it made me gag! I decided that as I had so much work done at the orthodontist as a kid, my teeth are way too precious to scrimp on a properly fitting gum shield. I spoke to my own dentist who charges £85 for a custom one and then did some research online. I came across a derby forum whereÂ www.gumshields.com came highly recommended, these guys also sponsor LRG! I had a look on their website and found the perfect design to fit … Read More »
Ok , so to start with I wasn’t sure whether this was the sport for me. So I didn’t spend a massive amount on kit. I just got all of the bits that I needed to start the training sessions and reduce injury.
As I hadn’t been on skates before I thought it would be fair to assume that me and the floor would be spending a lot more time together. So I defiantly needed something.
Tip: Some teams will have spare kit that you can hire out from them but find out first or you may have to sit out on the training sessions.
So I managed to borrow a helmet which was ideal as I wasn’t too happy about trying to skate around without one on. It is always best to get your own helmet as they take the … Read More »
So for my first set of pads I didn’t spend a fortune. I found a cheapy Karnage Protective Pad Set at JJB for under £15
They were ideal to start with but I did find that the knee pads weren’t sufficient enough for all the times I kept falling over and needed a new pair of pads after a month.
The elbow pads were ok to begin with but I was finding that they weren’t big enough to cover the whole elbow, and I did incur a few bruises and burns but they were fine for starters just until I knew this was the sport for me.
The wrist guards were ideal to start with too but after a few months on me falling down and using my hands to stop myself the stitching soon came apart.
Review: Overall not bad for a starting … Read More »
So once again I went off to JJB and picked up a cheap one that you put in hot water, bite down on then it moulds themselves to the shape of your teeth. It was am Opro Shield Mouth Guard and can be found here>>
Mine fitted really well when I did it but a few of my friends really struggled with theirs. Mine was fine until I had to use it for more than three minutes and it made my gums bleed and I looked like I had just bitten the head off of a vampire bat. So I am going to look at other mouth guards and will let you know which ones I really … Read More »