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“It is illegal for teammates to prevent an opponent from passing them via grasping, linking, or forming an impenetrable wall.” Seems simple enough, right? I’m not so sure. It seems like, at least with some skaters I know, these penalties are shrouded in mystery. Referees explain how they’re called, the players listen, then get frustrated because […]

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For most people, the forearm isn’t particularly strong. If you wanted to push someone over, one would normally need to engage the rest of one’s arm, as well as some back, abdominal, and/or leg muscles. Roller derby players, however, seem to create high impact regularly, using their forearms. How could this be?   Susy Snotfaucet, of […]

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Or, why are you messing around with all that backwards stuff? Not too long ago, blocking while facing the opposite direction was a kind of special skill that super-cool blockers would pull out every once in a while to dazzle the fans. In the last year or two, it’s become more and more popular, and […]

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Behold! There was, to my eye and this angle, an uncalled clockwise block major on Sargentina after she completes the whip and knocks Demanda Riot out of bounds. The pegassist might be a good way to get your jammer going with a 4-2 pack disadvantage, but you’d better make damn sure it’s legal. I’m not sure it’s […]

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We lost on Saturday. It was a close, fast, tight game, but we lost. I hate it. But let’s talk about me, okay? I did fine according to my teammates, but not according to the stats: Total over/under: -5 Per jam over/under: -2 That means that in the lineups I’m listed in, the High Rollers […]

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