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It's getting to be that time of year.  The summer bouting season is coming to a close. Leagues are beginning to focus energy on recruitment of new skaters.  I have been in charge of recruitment and training the new skaters with Anchor City Rollers for the past two years.  In that time we made a lot of changes to our intake program and I have watched our league grow because of it.  A number of other leagues have contacted me about how we do it so I would like to share some tips that I have found helped with the...

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basics, game play, overview, roller derby -

Overview Roller derby is a sport played on quad skates between two teams.  Each team is made up of 10-18 skaters with a maximum of five skaters on the track per team.  They are competing to gain more points than the other team to win.   A typical bout is comprised of two 30 minute halves.  Each half is broken up into jams lasting no longer than two minutes.  The end of a jam is signaled by the four short whistle blasts from the referees.   The Positions Jammer These skaters are the point scorers for each team.  They are...

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balance, changes, communication, love, partner, relationships, roller derby -

First off, I would like to state that all relationships are complex, unique and require different ways of talking conflict. Communication with your partner should always be an ongoing process.  If you keep a clear and honest line of communication open then this will better help you understand each other and how to come up with solutions together. I recently had a league mate who came up to me with an issue.  She has been skating for about a year and was looking to up her derby game.  This means a change in practice times.  She also wanted to increase her training from...

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guide, how to, Learn to skate, skating tips -

Skating 101:Stance, stride, stopping and falling Stance Your source of power is your stance!  This is how you remain strong on your feet and are able to react to things. Get your feet shoulder width apart and sit into a squat.  Keep your weight evenly distributed in your skates Do Bend your knees Sit your butt down Get low! Avoid Leaning too far forward Having too much weight in your heels (causing you to fall on your bum)     Stride This is how you will propel yourself forward. The movement is all about shifting weight from one foot to...

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