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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Shape of the pack (part two)

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 […]

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Shape of the pack (part one)

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 […]

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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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Seven ways to integrate rules learning into your roller derby league

I’ve been party to some interesting exchanges recently, that reveal the following to be true: You can get really far and be successful in playing roller derby (and even officiating roller derby!), and still have unexpected gaps in your rules knowledge, simply because you’ve never wanted/needed to know until right at that moment. New situations […]

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