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HEY YOU ALL! I updated Roller Derby for Beginners. It’s been two years–can you believe it?–since the book came out, and roller derby has changed since then. So, I added some things, took others away, and generally tried to make it more helpful. Just for you. Because I’m nice and I want you to succeed […]

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Okay, so you want to play roller derby, or you’re thinking about it. If so, you probably want to learn how to rollerskate. That’s a lot on its own. Going to the rink and skating around in circles is indispensable training, but it’s not the only training you’ll need. Exercises for roller derby are in […]

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You made it through tryouts. You made it through fresh meat. You finally made a roster. Now, time for glory, right? It doesn’t always work that way. I asked a few captains and coaches just how in the heck you’re supposed to get actual track time in a game. Effy aka Reffy has coached children and […]

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Something weird happened to me at practice that got me thinking about self-talk and the ways we sabotage ourselves. It was a simple line drill, toward the end of practice. One line’s the jammer, one line’s the blocker, etc. But my first thought was, “I can’t do this. I don’t want to do this.” Really, brain? […]

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There are two kinds of people. Just kidding: There are way more than two kinds of people. And all of them would get roller derby nerves in some capacity. But for our purposes, let’s say there are two kinds of people. Both are planning their first plane trip. One type says, “Yay, a plane ride! […]

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I moved a couple of weeks ago. We’re still living out of boxes, between the toddler and the heat and the lack of time and the fact that we can’t use our stove anyway due to electrical issues. You want to hear all about it? Do you know anything about grout? Fine, we’ll skip the New […]

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Hi everyone! We have a lovely guest post today from Meryl, my twitter buddy who’s a roller derby beginner. Just about anyone who wants to play roller derby can do so, no matter how well they can hear. Tell ’em gurl! What It’s Like To Be a Hard of Hearing Roller Derby Skater I only […]

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If you’ve played roller derby, or expressed more than a passing interest in it at any point, it tends to come up in conversation. Something about playing this kind of subversive, contact sport is interesting to people. Go figure. Your co-workers want chat about it, and your friends, and family, and that’s all fine. Then, […]

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I’m a professional writer, in case it isn’t obvious from my stunning all-caps prose on the monthly power rankings. But Pack is Here Jesus knows I don’t know everything about everything, so I need a little help. Right now I’m revising Roller Derby for Beginners, so the second edition (out in October, I hope), is even more […]

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Many moons ago, in the mists of yesteryear, Maria Montoya and I skated together at Rose City. During her time there, she occasionally worked with skaters to help with their mental game. Even if you’re not looking for a coach, I think you’ll find that she’s thought through a lot of common problems in a helpful […]

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