Austin Texas Roller Derby | Texas Rollergirls » Training News, training tips, events, and other information from the Texas Rollergirls Sun, 15 Oct 2017 18:09:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Enrollment for Summer Junior Camps is now open Fri, 10 May 2013 22:24:49 +0000 The Texas Rollergirls Junior bootcamps are now open for registration for girls ages 8-17. Summer roller derby camps are scheduled for the following Sundays:

June 16, 2013 1pm-4pm
July 28, 2013 1pm-4pm
August 18, 2013 1pm-4pm

Register NOW!

The Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex
1156 Hargrave Street, Austin, Texas 78702

Cost for each date: $30

Beginner / Intermediate skaters will learn basic skills, falls, and footwork. Advanced skaters will focus more on strategy, rules, ref signals, and more advanced technique.

Register for Advanced if your daughter:
1. is 11-17 years old AND has at least 2 full sessions of experience
2. was in the Advanced group last session
3. has been approved by the head trainer(s)

Register for Beginner / Intermediate if your daughter:
1. is 8-10 years old
2. is a beginner of any age 8-17
3. is any age between 8-17 and has less than 2 full sessions of experience

Learn more about the Texas Rollergirls Junior Derby program



If you need to buy gear: Local shop is Medusa’s skates (tell Glitter we sent you) or online

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Texas Rollergirls host WFTDA Advanced Officiating Clinic! Mon, 11 Jul 2011 04:00:51 +0000

We will be hosting an advanced level officiating clinic July 16-17. This is for any official who meets the WFTDA standards of “advanced” who can be here for the clinic. BOUNS: Any official who attends our clinic gets a ticket to see the Texecutioner vs Denver bout!

Top officials lead to top performing teams!!

How amazing could your league become with the best officials?

The WFTDA is honored to announce the second annual WFTDA Officiating Clinic cycle. This year’s clinics will introduce a wealth of new information, complementing the now institutionalized educational materials that were presented in 2010. The WFTDA remains committed to consistency and standardization, as well as providing the tools and resources so that all roller derby officials may succeed in providing the highest level of officiating to promote the ideal of “Real, Strong, Athletic, and Revolutionary” roller derby.

WFTDA Advanced Officiating Clinics:

The Advanced WFTDA Officiating Clinics are aimed at officials qualified to participate in the Big 5 Tournaments. The goals of the clinic include standardization, ongoing education and advanced critical officiating theory.

Lecture discussion will happen in a classroom setting with interactive materials and exercises designed to provide participants with hands-on experience related to the following concepts:

– Impact – Introduction to the spectrum of impact as well as the application of the spectrum to officiating

– Initiation versus Established Position

– Game play – An advanced discussion on the nuances of game play parameters

– Psychology of officiating

– Etiquette – Deeper understanding of the “what” and “why” of the Officials Code of Conduct

– Leadership and gelling – The basic principles of being an effective crew head ref and tournament head ref, including “gelling” as an officiating team and communicating with team captains

– NSO intensive – Recreating a bout through paperwork

The on-skates portion of the clinic will reinforce the classroom lessons, as well as demonstrating practical application of the lecture sections on the following topics:

– Impact

– Initiator

– Clockwise

– Pack definition

Registration is currently open –> REGISTER HERE!

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Registration open for Junior Derby camps Mon, 27 Jun 2011 00:10:23 +0000 Enrollment for 2011 Summer Derby Camps is now open!

Summer derby camps are scheduled for 11 am to 2 pm at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex on the following Saturdays:  July 23, and August 27.

Enrollment is limited to the first 45 skaters that complete the registration form and payment.

Skaters of all skill levels who are ages 8-17 years old are welcome to participate. Skaters must wear ALL protective equipment when participating in practices and scrimmages. Required protective equipment: helmet, wrist guards, elbow pads, knee pads, mouth guard, quad (not inline) roller skates, and a reusable water bottle.


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Austin Derby Brats Spring Session is Full! Wed, 23 Feb 2011 22:41:25 +0000 Our junior derby program is more popular than ever this year!
Unfortunately this means that we’ve exceeded our enrollment
expectations and can no longer take any more skaters into the league.

We will be offering 3-hour junior derby bootcamps one day in June,
July, and August. The 2011 Fall Session will be during September
through December. We hope you’ll consider joining us in future

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Training Tip of the Month Mon, 15 Nov 2010 18:00:32 +0000 Lucille BrawlPivoting

Help! My coach just handed me a pivot cap and I don’t know what to do! We all know that feeling; there’s something vague about the job of pivot that throws everyone off. It’s not like jamming where there is a clear goal of going fast and getting points. Instead you’re told to “direct the pack” or “be the last line of defense” or some other mumbo-jumbo that means even your coach doesn’t know what you’re supposed to be doing besides putting your toe on the line and your hips back.

While it’s hard to practice being super smart and aware, there are some specific skills pivots need to have. 1) You need to be able to come from behind or in front to assist your jammer. Regardless of where you are in relation to the individual or the wall that is stopping your jammer from leaving the pack – you need to have the offensive blocking skills to get her out. In the beginning, when you haven’t mastered both assisting from behind and in front, determine which you are better at and set yourself up to cater to your strengths. 2) A pivot also needs to be an awesome judge of distances and understand pack definition rules – you will be out there making last minute plays and bridging for teammates because pivots often play at the extreme edge of the pack. 3) Pivots need to practice slowing not just containing a positionally-blocked opponent as you are always about to run out of time and space when you play the front of the pack. 4) The most important skill of a pivot is talking with your gosh-darned mouth guard! You can’t lead your pack if they can’t hear and understand you.

A very special part about being the pivot is having power while lining up before a jam. The most common mistake pivots make is they are selfish with that power. They line up to their own advantage and take off at the first whistle – but they completely abandon the rest of their team. Remember you are the pivot because you are smart and skilled – those behind you may need your smarts and skills to help them gain a good position off the line. You can make space for them to hop through by how you line up and move (or don’t move) at that first whistle. The pivot decides what the first 5 seconds of a jam look like – who’s in front or in back, which opponent you have trapped, how long it takes to start, etc. and that all starts with how you determine everyone is lined up.

Drill of the Month

Open and Close the Door – Split into two teams and have everyone spread out single file on the inside track line. Pull out 2-3 from each team and pair them up with a pulled opponent. Have these pairs run up the inside line swapping the lead so the person in front approaches her own teammates holding the inside line. The blocker on the line should move to the left – opening the door for her jammer and then step back to the line in time to close the door on the opponent paired with her jammer. The blocker should try to anticipate her jammer’s timing so her jammer doesn’t have to slow down.

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Training Tip of the Month Wed, 22 Sep 2010 03:08:04 +0000 Lucille Brawl

Skating Form

To skate Roller Derby to the best of your ability you have to work on your skating form. Often neglected in derby training, form is what will make you an efficient machine. Sure, every skater has her own style, but like an artist who first masters classical realism before her art turns abstract, a skater should train her body in classic speed skating form before moving on to her own style.

Think about trying to bend both your knees and your waist at a right angle so that your nose, knees and toes all stay lined up on the same vertical plane. Don’t just fold yourself in half at the waist and think you’re getting low – you have to bend your knees too in order to keep your center of gravity over your skates.  Just pretend you are squatting over the toilet at the nastiest punk bar in town. There!  You’re in the right position. Turn your chest towards the inside of the track and keep your left arm from swinging in front of your body. You’re fighting your own momentum when you let your arm swing in the opposite direction of your turn, so keep it behind your back or swinging straight ahead.

Okay, ready for a revelation? During crossovers, both legs are part of your power! Don’t just push out with your right leg and think you’re done, that left leg pushes under even harder. Because you are in a squat and not standing straight up, your legs can reach further out and you get more contact with the floor which equals more push and power. Try it in sneakers, stand straight up and move your leg to the side until your toe doesn’t touch the ground. Now do the same movement from a squatting position. Ah so! 

Finally: relax and breathe! You know how sometimes you’re wearing high heels that are uncomfortable and you find yourself walking like a guy trying on stilettos, all flat footed and clumsy? But then when you realize it you just relax and walk normally? Pretend you’re graceful and you will be!

Drill of the Month

D-Stroke and Cross & Hold on the Corners – The D-Stroke is a stride for the straight-aways to make you think about pushing out and not back. In a squatting position with your hands behind your back, push your leg out straight to the side (this is the straight back of the D) and then bring it around the back and place it next to your other foot. (Think about your toe drawing the rounded part of the D) Try pausing for a second when you’ve finished the straight out push with your foot off the ground – if you’re foot is behind your peripheral vision then you have pushed back more than to the side and wasted potential energy.

On the corners, do an initial crossover and then alternate holding your left foot under on one corner, and then your right leg out on the other side of the track. Try to get low, even touching the ground at the apex while holding each leg out.

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Training Tip of the Month Sun, 15 Aug 2010 18:00:12 +0000 Lucille BrawlOffense! Defense! Offense! Defense!

If you’re the rookie who’s trying to break out from being a stare-bear and actually do something on the track, you should probably learn what your teammates mean when they yell these cryptic terms.

Listen close, I’m going to tell you a secret… Offense is when you are trying to help your jammer score and defense is when you are trying to stop their jammer from scoring. Super simple? Sure! But I have teammates who’ve been playing for years who still need a mnemonic device, “I have to play defense, I have to be ‘de’ fence against their jammer.”

There are a million ways to play offense and defense in derby – especially when you start getting into various strategies and scenarios. However, for the rookies out there looking for an answer as to what to do when you hear, “Hooker Bycrook (insert your hilarious derby name here), play offense!”  or; “Jane Smith (insert your boring government name here), play defense!” Here’s the most basic answer:

Offense: Get on an opponent blocker, stay on that someone until your jammer is out and safe. Start by making sure the biggest threat is covered, don’t try to match yourself to someone of your own skill and figure someone meaner on your team will get the biggest threat. Controlling and containing the opponents by priority from the biggest to the smallest threat will ensure your jammer scores points. Now if you’re fancy you can try to knock that opponent down or out of bounds and give your jammer an easy score on the floor – just don’t make yourself an easy point as well.

Defense:  Get with a teammate and make a wall that the opposing jammer can never get through. Jammers are freakin’ slippery little buggers and they come into the pack fast! One blocker is always going to have a hard time containing a jammer – but wall up together and she should never get through. By working as a team on defense you build a bigger fence. You can slow that jammer as a wide wall or hit her as a lateral wall, and protect each other from any offense by trading the power position. The main thing to remember while playing defense is to keep your eye on the prize and that prize is the jammer. You should be ignoring opponent blockers as they try to bait and distract you, and just focus on holding onto your prize.

Drill of the Month

Patient Jammer – Played like a normal scrimmage only the jammer cannot pass an opponent without an assist from her teammate (whip, push or block.) The jammer may frontal block opponents that are attempting to pass and reengage her. Only one jammer goes in at a time. Goal: For blockers to work on offense and containment, opponent blockers will work solely on defense, and for jammers to learn to see the help their blockers are giving them and not always go it alone.

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Training Tip of the Month Thu, 15 Jul 2010 18:00:18 +0000 Lucille BrawlLand Drills

Land drills can help with strength, balance and injury prevention. To get results you need to try to incorporate land drills into your workout three times a week. Meet a half-hour early for your skating practices, or stay late, but get it done! Personally, my favorite land drills are all old school strength training, like from 1946 or something – if I could use one of those belt machines around my waist to vibrate fat away – I would. Anyway, simple push-ups, crunches, squats and lunges can help build your strength.

There are also more creative land drills out there – especially using plyometrics, which can really help with the explosive power bursts needed in derby. Basically, you’re stretching a muscle and then contracting it quickly to gain power, like a spring stretched all the way out and then released. Your muscles will respond with a stretch reflex – a powerful braking when a quick stretch is detected to prevent injury or over-stretching. When you squat down in a squat jump, your muscles are momentarily stretched producing a more powerful jump – but if you stay in the squat a long time before jumping you’ll lose the reflex response. Try it yourself: Squat down for 5 seconds and jump straight up, and then squat and jump up immediately and you’ll jump higher due to the elastic energy gained.

Drill of the Month

You can do it on a log (lateral hurdle jumps: bring knees up and jump over obstacle landing on both feet and immediately jump back to the other side, try not to pause or sink into a squat between jumps)

You can do it like a frog (squat jumps: squat until your thighs are parallel with the ground and you ankles are fully extended then jump straight up. Rest for 1-2 seconds when you land before squatting and jumping again – do not hold or rest in the squat position)

You can do it up and down (clap push-ups: Press up into a push-up position and clap your hands before they return to the floor. Try to lift your hands off the ground even if you can’t clap. Immediately repeat without resting – set your reps based on what you can do consecutively without a rest and add one every week)

You can do it on the ground (Single Leg Lateral Hops: Draw an ‘x’ on the ground and stand in one quadrant. Hop in a circle from quadrant to quadrant. Maintain your balance and try to limit your contact with the ground. You can change the pattern that you jump, or do this on two legs instead of one, or add a rope to jump over to change the intensity)

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Training Tip of the Month Tue, 15 Jun 2010 18:00:57 +0000 Lucille BrawlStreet Skating

You know you always picture yourself skating down the sidewalk in your short shorts, legwarmers and big headphones – well get out there and do it! Street skating is a great workout and helps your balance. Not to mention that rolling over pebbles will make you comfortable rolling over the track boundary, fingers, dreadlocks or whatever gets in the way of your wheels.

Keep your knees bent and your weight equally distributed to your heels and keep your feet moving. If you’re skating with a group, have a good skater at the front leading the way and one at the back acting as a sweeper to make sure no one is left behind. Call out obstacles as you come up to them and everyone in the group should repeat the warning – rocks! hole! sand! car!

Softer outdoor wheels will keep your feet from vibrating off your legs, but any old wheels will work. Just don’t wear your favorite bouting wheels outside because they will get torn up! The smoother the concrete the faster you’ll go. When the Texas Rollergirls skate in neighborhoods without much traffic, we have the less experienced girls skate in the street where the asphalt is rougher and not as fast while the more experienced girls cruise on the sidewalk.

Don’t be afraid to skate in the dark, down hills, in parking garages and on asphalt or brick. Skate to events, gallery openings, street fairs – always bring fliers. There’s no better marketing than girls on skates around town!

Drill of the Month

Shell Game – this rotational drill can be done on the derby track, on the street or even on foot while running around a track. In a group of 3-4, rotate relative position in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction while continuing to move consistently forward. Try using verbal and physical commands to let your group know when to shift position and vary the timing of the shift. The goal is to learn to cover the holes created by your teammates when they shift position.

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Training Tip of the Month Sat, 15 May 2010 18:00:29 +0000 Practice Planning

Planning a practice to satisfy a bunch of perpetually aggressive rollergirls? Piece of cake, right? Try to plan practices based on the goals of your league, the skill level of skaters, and the number and types of practice opportunities. The best practices have inter-related  drills that are progressive and challenging. It’s always good to reiterate the goal of each drill so skaters know what to concentrate on and how to succeed.

Regardless of where you’re going with practice you’ll want to start with a 10-15 minute warm-up. This is a nice simple drill to get everyone’s muscles warmed up – to prevent injury – so it shouldn’t be strenuous. Now stretch all these muscles -oooooooo!! And always cool down and stretch again at the end of your practice, this will help increase your flexibility for the next workout.

Then build your practice around the derby building blocks: Endurance, Footwork, Hitting and Game Play. You might have a practice where you just scrimmage or just do endurance – but most should have a little bit everything. It’s good to figure out your league goals and what drills are gonna get you there. Who are you playing in 6 months and how can you become the beast of their nightmares? A team known for its hits? speed? teamwork? Or more generally, you can focus on a goal or two a month until you master them and then move on to the next skill. But keep incorporating old skills in so you retain your mastery! You beast! With your beast mastery!

Drill of the Month

Pivot Pack Drill – Split your league into 3-4 groups and evenly space them around a big track. Have the groups start skating and keep them equally spaced from each other. Talk to each other, pay attention to other groups, everyone is a pivot! Send 1 or 2 skaters from each group to weave through all the other packs and rejoin their group at the back. The groups should focus on positional blocking not full hits. Remember the goal is to control pack speed and have a good group mentality more than to hold the other players forever. So don’t get so caught up in holding the other skaters that you catch up to the group ahead of you – consider that going 20 feet out during a game and losing control.

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