Am I the only one wishing they’d developed this for android also…?
This is why my Tumblr has been quiet since I moved from Canada to Amsterdam by way of the UK….
Yup, I am officially out with the 9 month injury!
As a result I am taking up the role of bench manager and helping out with training over here in Amsterdam and doing my best not to sulk about the lack of “skatey bashy” time.
No doubt I will contemplate the wonders of being a preggo non skating derby girl over the coming months!
In the mean time… roll on October!! :D
My skates and gear are now officially washed and packed ready to move *sniffles* I shall be attending home team practice tonight to say bye bye to my lovely Contrabanditas because I may not make Tuesday’s league practice (we fly on Wednesday).
Please think of me during this difficult time :P
p.s. pics to follow of my epic Celine Dion leaving card! lol
Done and done…
effylikesbats asked: what leagues/teams have you skated with?
I started skating with the Auld Reekie Roller Girls (Edinburgh) in 2008 and played for their only travel team at the time, the Twisted Thistles. In Summer of 2009 I moved to Montreal and was drafted to Les Contrabanditas (home team) and Les Sexpos (B travel team). In 8 days I leave Canada and will be gradually making my way (via the UK) to skate with the Amsterdam Derby Dames :)
Edit to add - during my time with ARRG I also guest skated twice for the Middlesborough Milk Rollers.
We started identifying power animals in our league a lil while ago to draw inspiration from.
Mine? I’m a hippo! :D
According to this shaman website http://www.animalspirits.com/
a hippo’s wisdom includes…
What’s your spirit/power animal?
Since I have been living in Canada, I seem to have put on weight despite being active in roller derby and cycling (before winter hit, I’m British, not crazy!)
Before I moved here I hadn’t lost weight that I could tell, but I had been toning up and feeling fine with my body and self esteem.
I think part of the reason this has happened is the lack of an active job right now and the introduction of crappy food. Regardless, the last few weeks have seen me feeling particularly depressed about my size.
Then I came across this…
and I started to feel a bit better.
Before you misunderstand my sudden turn around in my thinking, I would not say I am personally “fat positive” to the extent of the author of the above however it did help me look at things in a slightly different way…
I thought back to a doctor I saw when I first arrived in Canada (for trouble with migraines!) who asked if he could weigh me. Confused, I had replied with “sure… if you want” and he mistook this for defensiveness stating “only if I wanted to” like I was uncomfortable with my size (which usually I am not). When I inevitably weighed in heavier than average he immediately gave me a referral for a dietician because I was “obese” and he clearly assumed I was a lazy, pie munching, soda swilling lay about who sat in front of the TV crying into my tub of ice cream every night. Not once did he ask what exercise I did, how often I exercised or ask about any of my family history. He just assumed. Needless to say, I never went to him again. Fuck that guy!
I began to ask myself… Why the hell should I feel bad because I have put on a few pounds, during a particularly stressful and challenging period of my life? Why should I feel like I am a lesser player than any of my team mates, as long as I continue to push my own limits? The answer is I probably shouldn’t and I need to make an effort to adjust my own attitude for the sake of myself, and those I play with!
I guess my version of being “fat positive” is to endeavour to look at roller derby and my place within it without bringing my size/weight into question because ultimately, it really doesn’t matter what size I am as long as I am trying hard to kick arse and get better at doing what I love the most.
So, with that conclusion, here’s to many more years of my big arse knocking people around the track!! :)
In less than 2 weeks I shall be back in the UK and then once our housing situation is sorted I am finally moving on to Amsterdam with my partner! Hurrah!
For those who haven’t been involved in a league transfer or don’t know what to do or expect should you be involved in one, here are a couple of things that spring to mind to help make the process a happy, healthy and awesome experience for all involved.
For the receiving league:
For the skater transferring:
I am sure there are more but those are the things that spring to mind right now. Feel free to let me know of any more you may think of :)
Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu xxxxxxxx
So much awesome…
felixthebrat asked: im fresh meat and our test is coming up soon. after the test we will begin scrimmaging. we have done faux-scrimmages, or "scrimmage drills" and i find it hard to multi-task as a blocker. can you give me advice? is my number one job blocking the opposing jammer? or is that only for a certain position? what about my #2 job? #3 job?
Great question :)
Firstly, know that this is something that EVERY roller derby player is constantly wanting to improve on. It’s something which all players can improve and no matter how great or experienced a player is, everyone will miss something at some point. No one is perfect!
You’re right that your first priority is to block their jammer. Your priorities should be as follows:
1 - Stop the opposition jammer.
2 - If the other jammer gets through, help YOUR jammer get out ASAP!
3 - On scoring pass, rinse and repeat ;)
Your pivot should always make the calls as to how this all goes down and you should always follow their instructions (yes, even if you think their call is bullshit). If they scream at you to drop back, or move up front, you should do so without hesitation. Their calls will depend on the chosen strategy of the team, which jammer is lead, pack positioning, team strengths/weaknesses etc.
So, how do you fulfil your three general goals? Back to basics :)
-Look behind you. Repeat in your head “1, 2, 3, where’s the jammer?” if it helps your observation skills.
-Don’t go rogue! If you are working with a partner, stick with them. If you lose them, pair up with someone else straight away. There is strength in numbers.
-Listen to your pivot and actively ask them what they want you to do before you line up on track. They may want you to sit on the inside line no matter what, they may want you to mess shit up in the pack and be as distracting as possible… again, all comes down to their chosen strategy.
In my own experience, improving your multi tasking skills won’t happen overnight. One day you’ll be playing/scrimmaging and something will just “click” as it were and certain things become a little more second nature. Just keep practising, take as much as you can from drills, implement them as best as you can and everything will fall into place.
Hope that helps :)