Rules with Skew (10) – Fouled out or expelled – on leaving the game prematurely

It sucks to leave a game of roller derby early, whether through injury, unfixable equipment malfunction, foul out or expulsion. Given these things happen pretty rarely they can be as disorienting as they are emotional. You feel powerless to help your team and are frustrated with what’s happened. There are also things involved you’ve probably […]

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Hello! Please read me…

Hi! Welcome to the blog. I’m currently in the process of updating content to be accurate for 2023, including removing any broken links and amending any out of date references. Much of the content was written in 2018 and while the rules of roller derby haven’t changed massively since then, it’s important that where it […]

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Rules with Skew (1) – the “back” is bigger than you think

[This post is now officially 2022-ready! It’s undergone a significant bit of restructuring, hence it’s newly published under the given date. Some content was originally written in 2018.] Misunderstanding: It’s okay to contact an opponent in the buttocks or the back of the leg. Demystified: Depending on which part of the buttocks you hit, you […]

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Rules With Skew (9a) – ten ways you can get a cut penalty (the first five)

The thing to understand as a newcomer to the idea of cutting the track is that it’s not fundamentally about “cutting off the corner” or “cutting the distance short” (though this can happen as a part of cutting) but “cutting in line”. You could think of roller derby as a particularly jostly aggressive queue. Everyone […]

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Rules with Skew (8) – getting the low down – low blocks, leg blocks and more…

The humble “low block” call used to be a catch-all penalty for all contact involving mid-thigh and below. Similar to the head and neck, this part of each leg is both an illegal blocking zone and illegal target zone. You can’t block with it or block to it. It’s been this way for a long time – this is not new for 2017/18 – but the new verbal cue of “leg block” seems to have suddenly got people thinking about lower limbs.

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