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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Rules with Skew (6) – apex jumps

Apex jumps – one of the biggest crowd pleasers in roller derby. Requiring speed, power and balance to execute, to some they’re the holy grail of jamming (and even blocking!).  They’re also one of the holy grails of derby photography, so huge thank you once again to Paul Jones Photography Cardiff for letting me use […]

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Rules with Skew (4) – what is a multiplayer block, really?

Misunderstanding: For something to be a multiplayer block penalty, the opposing skater has to physically challenge the grasp where the two skaters are illegally grasping each other. Demystified: They really don’t. They just have to try and pass between the two skaters who are illegally “connected” (which doesn’t necessarily involve grasping) and be prevented from […]

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Rules With Skew (2) – sometimes it’s okay to be stopped…

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 […]

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Rules with Skew – an introduction

A few years ago, I used to regularly blog on another medium. The main content of the blog consisted of misunderstandings about the rules I encountered in the roller derby community, and me attempting to demystify them. Apparently people liked that sort of thing… They were sometimes about that great new tactic that isn’t so […]

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