I hear this misunderstanding from trainee officials/players and more experienced players alike, so I’m pretty darn sure there are plenty of others, sitting in silence, holding onto some serious confusion about scoring in roller derby.Read More Rules with Skew (3) – of course you can score on downed blockers!
This is the second and final post in a mini-blog series about understanding what the pack can look like, helping to develop pack awareness as both an official and as a player. Part one can be found here. Want to keep up with the latest content on Skewblogs? Visit the Facebook page. Hopefully now you’re […]Read More Shape of the pack (part two)
Speaking to a lot of rookie officials last year, along with newer skaters at training sessions and scrims, something that came up a lot is wanting to feel more confident at pack awareness (skaters) and pack definition (officials). Matters of the pack can feel difficult and require a lot of derby “bandwidth” – a concept […]Read More Shape of the pack (part one)
Misunderstanding 1: If you come to a stop while blocking, it’s automatically a stop block penalty. Misunderstanding 2: It’s necessary for you to maintain a stopped position for all stop block penalties. Demystified: The way stop blocks are penalised is more nuanced and actually falls somewhere between the two misunderstandings. Alongside multiplayer blocks, and contact […]Read More Rules With Skew (2) – sometimes it’s okay to be stopped…
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 could find yourself with a back block penalty The back of your buttocks are a legal blocking zone, but an illegal target zone. This means you can hit […]Read More Rules with Skew (1) – the “back” is bigger than you think