Category: Tips


What’s heavier, a ton of feathers or a ton of bricks?

Posted on 19th September, by Flash Bo-Dash in Roller Derby Skater, Tips. 1 Comment

So much has happened since my last blog that it’s stopped me blogging and instead of doing it, I just think about it and pontificate (I love that word. If anything , a blog is worth writing just to use that word!)

What do you talk about and how do you start I pontificated? (even better!) and then I pontificated some more……….

I’m aware that a total brain dump may bore and bamboozle, so I am going to talk about something that touched me this week.

I was looking through some old photos and found this one of myself from 2008. It kinda stopped me in my tracks. (yes, I can say ‘kinda’ as it’s my blog and I can spell how I lyke ;p) I rekon I was about 11 stn 11 here. That weight is etched in my mind for some … Read More »



Derek The Deer & A Magical Unicorn Share Dash’s Derby Life This Week!

Posted on 9th December, by Flash Bo-Dash in Events, knee pads, Roller Derby, Roller Derby Skater, Tips. No Comments

Well what a week! I was so busy even the blog missed it’s normal Friday slot! It’s a crazy time for us photographers this time of year and I have mostly been shooting kids in Xmas hats with my trusty fluffy assistant, Derek the Deer!

Fear not though, I’m sat in my Xmas jumper and sage green Xmas treeified skinny jeans all Christmassed up writing blog no.19 , (yes 19!!!!!) for you now. I have the hat on as my boiler has broken (again) so I have no hot water OR heating! I guess it makes it feel a lot more wintry which may add to the Xmasy feel I guess! Trying to see the positive but to be honest, after getting home from training this week and discovering I had no hot water, wasn’t funny, at all! … Read More »



Knees Are Very Important In Life! (& For Roller Derby)

Posted on 30th November, by Flash Bo-Dash in Derby Skates, knee pads, pads, Roller Derby, Roller Derby Skater, Tips. 2 Comments

So did we get to training last weekend??? Noooooooo is the sad sad answer.The floods were just too bad and it was touch and go whether we would make it back …..without a boat (or someone with a batman car) so ‘The Topsham Massive’ as we are collectively called in our car share, made a very grown up decision to stay in bed! Ha ha well not quite but we all were in out PJs I think when we were discussing it over the tinternet in the warm (I won’t tell you what time of day it was!)

As it happened it was the right thing to do as the rain came in hard just after training and my town was cut off from the rest of the world completely! Quite exciting really but it didn’t help matters though when I … Read More »



Was A”Bout” Time I Burst My SWAT Cherry! & What A Game To Do It In…

Posted on 23rd November, by Flash Bo-Dash in Blocking, Derby Skates, elbow pads, Events, Helmet, Roller Derby, Roller Derby Skater, Tips. No Comments

Well the big thing in my Derby life was that I popped my bout cherry with the SWAT girls on Saturday (technically being a Fairy in the bout in Gloucester was my first bout, but this was my first playing on the Travel Team for SWAT) So how was it? Well I wasn’t sick, I didn’t wet myself and I actually enjoyed it so all was good! My first line up was with Bolty next to me and there was a definite stare out fest between their jammer and us with Fanny Havok giving as good as she got! It all went so fast though and it was over before it had begun in my mind and all I wanted to do was carry on and do it again! Definitely felt I had more to give and I’m raring to … Read More »



My Sweat Has Sweat On It!

Posted on 2nd November, by Flash Bo-Dash in Events, Helmet, How to play Roller Derby2, Review, Roller Derby, Roller Derby Skater, Tips. No Comments

“My sweat has sweat on it!” .That was my status last night after training! It amazes me what my S.W.A.T girls are capable of and there is something that blows my mind at every session.

So as you can see, I am finally back on my skates after my tooth catastrophe!…and I love it!

My first session back was a couple of weeks ago now. It was a light one and I had the pleasure of being Smousey, our Fresh Meat coach for S.W.A.T’s, demo model for our new Fresh Meaties! This was a lot of fun and I finally got to meet everyone who had taken the fabulous leap into the world of Derby. This session was the Freshies first proper training session and I was Smousey. Debbie Mcgee to her Paul Daniels! I wanted to wear more glitter but … Read More »



Dusty, Busty, Musty Old English Teachers, The Stresses Of A Ref And Looking Like Wallace & Grommit!

This is my 11th Blog for Roller Derby UK. That’s about 15000 words so far! Nearly enough for my book! (I like to aim high) Just maybe!?

I never thought that I would actually enjoy writing every week. I guess it helps to be passionate about the subject, but to be honest with you, I was put off taking my English education any further than the school gates when I was younger. My best friend and I spent most of the time shut in the stationary cupboard by our English teacher!

She thought she was punishing us but we didn’t half have fun in that cupboard which became our second home! There was a T.V (which didn’t work, much to our dismay, as our lesson was bang on neighbours time after lunch) There was also a window so pretending we had … Read More »



Shooting Fairies, A Scary Jam and Deep Breathing all things a Derby Girl Needs!


Saturday went very well! Couldn’t go any better really as my team S.W.A.T won! The main bout was a joy to behold as ‘The Big Girls’ played with skill and passion and all us Fresh Meat graduates became ever so more slightly in love with our team and the game!

I sat in my fav position, a suicide seat and took my trusty camera. I wasn’t going to take many shots but my passion took over and I couldn’t help myself! Here are some shots that document some fun and frivolity that happened on the track, yet also shows the dedicated strength and perseverance on the faces of all the girls that played. Good game SRT!

So how did my first bout go? I LOVED IT! Every second of it from the arrival, … Read More »



That ‘Derby’ Smell

Posted on 2nd February, by Martin in Roller Derby, Tips. No Comments

So, for today’s post we are going to look at an issue that plagues many of us derby lot. The smell!!

Hardcore training means sweaty people which, as well all know leads to sweaty pads!

So what can we do to tackle this? Well, I found this rather impressive blog post by Bitches Bruze. It seems that this lovely lady has already addressed the issue.

So why not have a read and see what she suggests: http://promiseofderby.com/category/care-maintenance/

Enjoy!

Get the latest updates and Subscribe to the newsletter >>
Published by Martin from Roller Derby UK. Follow Martin on Google Plus >>.


Roller Derby Tips – Positional Blocking

Posted on 24th June, by Martin in Blocking, Tips. No Comments

 

Passed my written skills test tonight! Yay! What a good way to start off a training session.

We worked on positional blocking tonight, I have to say I’ve never been very good at this.

The main aim of this is to use your bum to stop the other skater getting past you. We were told to get as close as we could to the skater we were blocking but no matter how hard I tried I always seem to roll off too fast and they skated right on by! Our trainer suggested getting into the Plough stop stance and it worked a treat!! My partner ended up tripping up and taking me down with her which meant she got the major penalty and off to the sin bin she went!

TOP TIP
Therefore today’s top tip for nailing the back blocking technique… … Read More »




CHECK OUT THE LATEST FROM OUR BLOG...

The Bad Sheep Boutique – By Rockabilly Ray (Rachael Webster)

We all love something new and interesting to hit the world of roller derby. And for any of you derby chicks that love a...

Roller Girl Features in Comic

We recently caught up with Artist Jessica Abel about her latest work which features a Roller Derby Skater. We chatted about her work, inspiration and...

Happy New Year 2015

Welcome to the start of a new year.

Thank you for your on going support and commitment in making Roller Derby so amazing.

 

What’s heavier, a ton of feathers or a ton of bricks?

So much has happened since my last blog that it’s stopped me blogging and instead of doing it, I just think about it and...

Well Done PCRG and Cornwall Roller Derby

A BIG congratulations goes out to Plymouth City Roller Girls who raised a massive £2,000 in memory for their team mate Becky Jukes.

The money was...