Draft: ECT Brain thinks about my relationship with ‘exercise’

(Yes, roller derby peeps, perfect timing for TGSS. Non-derby peeps, forgive my draft. Links and pics soon.) Twenty-four hours ago I would have scrolled past this topic, however just yesterday I had some very relevant realisations. This one comes with a content warning re: invasive psychiatry Context: I am 41 years old, have complex PTSD…More

And the winner of the 2014 Varuna PIP is…

Angela Williams! It couldn’t have been more poetic. I was at the first round of the 5×5 Roller Derby tournament, my first ever gig as a tournament head official. Ten participating teams, a ridiculous number of officials. Head reffed an absolutely insane game which ran over time, dealt with the first injury of the season,…More

Player/ref OOP and DTP drills

Number required: 6-10 skaters w. scrimmage shirts (per round) 3-7 refs Trainer needs: marked out track 10/20 foot rope Stopwatch (pref JT) Whistle Drill 1: seeing 10/20 feet standing still 1. All refs get in the middle of the track, less than seven try to fill all positions, more than seven rotate some through middle…More

Training Session – Skating Patterns, NSO training and Stops

Ref Training Session Skating Patterns, NSO training and Stops Trainer needs: Interval timer app, whistle, penalty calling app, chair, rules, whiteboard/penalty tracking sheets, pens Referees need: Whistles, rules Time: One hour session 10 mins: Skates on and warm up  15 mins: ON SKATES: Penalty calling circuit Circuit lasts for 60 secs with a 15 second break…More

Two-lap penalty call remembering with OWB/penalty tracker

Objective: To practice penalty remembering and correct calling, to practice NSO skills including recording penalties and reading handsignals, to practice OPR skating patterns, spatial awareness and skating with/around other skaters Typical length of drill: Variable, depends on ref endurance and skating skills Materials needed: Taped out track, whiteboard/penalty tracking sheet, penalty calling app or flashcards Skill…More

Endless Ref Patterns with Suicide drills

Objective: To practice ref skating patterns with standing and falling stops Typical length of drill: Variable – depends on ref endurance and skating skills Materials needed: Taped out track, whistles Skill level required: Skating skills, knowledge of ref skating patterns, basic to advanced standing/falling stop skills Description: All refs pick a spot. Three refs are bunny…More

Penalty Calling Practice

Objective: For refs to practice calling penalties and for skaters to become more familiar with handsignals. Typical length of drill: Variable Materials needed: Taped out track, numbers on skaters’ arms. Skill level required: Basic skating skills, knowledge of handsignals, knowledge of verbal cues Description: Drill is run as jams, with all ref positions filled (if possible).…More

Training Session – Whistles and 10 feet

Trainer needs: Interval timer app, whistle, penalty calling app, chair, rules, 10/20 rope, WFTDA Manual Referees need: Whistles, rules Time: 2 hours 10 mins: OFF SKATES: Whistle Practice Refs split into two groups and go to opposite sides of big space either outside or upstairs on opposite sides). One ref leads whole group – they…More