Monthly Archive: July 2011

Derby Spotting: Point Differential

The most important thing about roller derby is point differential. The team with the most points wins, but it’s not just about racking up as many as you can in each jam. What you need is to get the largest difference between your points and theirs. If you both get 4 points you might as […]

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Ten ways derby has helped me in ‘real’ life

Roller derby is more than a sport; it’s a way of life. Roller derby people will take every opportunity to enthuse about this rapidly-growing sport because it is life-affirming and awesome and everyone should give it a go. See what I mean? Since I started playing last year, I’m finding that things and experiences gleaned […]

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Derby Spotting: Pack Speed

For part 2 of Derby Spotting I’m going to deal with Pack Speed. One of the most common chants of fans at bouts is ‘Speed up!!’ ‘Slow Down!’. Now most people understand speed up, but why would you want them to slow down? Derby’s a race right? Wrong! Derby is about helping your jammer whilst […]

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A Midsummer Night’s Scream write-up

I’m not going to lie – I don’t think many MRD skaters were feeling particularly confident prior to our second home bout, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Scream’. A leak in our training venue The Arcadia’s roof meant that a number of sessions building up to the bout had to be cancelled or cut short thanks to […]

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