How I write a referee training session

1. Be willing to admit that you know nothing. I started derby three years ago with no athletic/sporting experience at all and everything I know today I have learned from doing sessions with awesome trainers, reading blogs and derby forums and watching what other people do. Roller derby is pretty much a baby in the…More

Learning to trust myself as a trainer

Last night we ran week two of the four-week refresher program that I have written. It is designed to get the refs back on the track as the strongest and most cohesive dazzle of zebras possible. Last night refs from our crew were posting on Facebook that they were exhausted and smashed. I was dripping…More

Penalty Calling Circuit

Drill as follows is written for on-skates but can be done either on-skates or off-skates. Alternative names: ‘Are we doing the circuit Sintax?’ Objective: 1. To develop derby thinking skills (by calling penalties) which still function while we are doing cardio activities; 2. To continuously practice seeing ‘ten feet’ while using derby thinking skills. Typical…More

Rule Session: Basics for Blockers

This rules session is designed for intermediate but not-yet-bout-ready skaters and covers the basics of blocking. Please feel free to use and adapt this pdf. BasicsForBlockers All rule references refer to the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association’s ‘Standardized Flat Track Roller Derby Rules‘More

Rule Session: Direction of Gameplay

This rules session is designed for almost bout-ready skaters and covers Direction of Gameplay penalties. Please feel free to use and adapt this pdf. RuleFocusSessionDOGP All rule references refer to the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association’s ‘Standardized Flat Track Roller Derby Rules‘More

Rule Session: Roller Derby Basics

This rules session is designed for the freshest of freshmeat and covers the basics skaters need to know before starting contact training. Please feel free to use and adapt this pdf. RuleFocusSessionRollerDerbyBasics All rule references refer to the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association’s ‘Standardized Flat Track Roller Derby Rules‘More

Rule Session: Out Of Bounds Blocking

This rules session is designed for almost bout-ready skaters and covers Out of Bounds Blocking. Please feel free to use and adapt this pdf. RuleFocusSessionOOBB All rule references refer to the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association’s ‘Standardized Flat Track Roller Derby Rules‘More