This on-skates class will focus on breaking down effective techniques for obstructive blocking into its simplest parts. Tips for using maximum surface area as well as constant contact will be reinforced with lots of deliberate practice and incremental growth. This class is great for those just starting out in contact roller derby but can also be invaluable to more intermediate and advanced skaters working on reducing penalties and becoming more effective in the pack.
Destruction vs. Obstruction
- Destruction: Take-outs are awesome. Take-outs are fun. However, take-outs cause a lot more major penalties. They take more of your energy. They give your opponents more options.
- Obstruction: Annoying sticky gives opponent has very few options. Annoying sticky makes your opponent hates her/himself. Annoying sticky stays out of the box and watches the clock run down. Tick, tick, tick.
- Start physically behind your opponent.
- Touch farthest legal point (side butt)
- Once a point touches, it will stay touching
- Butt first, then add shoulder and back
- Looking to increase surface area
- If you have trouble getting leg around, think of knee as headlight
- Butt follows contour of leg
- Sit down on the high part, you will physical sit from here on out
- Turn back in to follow the inner thigh otherwise will likely over shoot
- Roll to other shoulder blade can help turn upper body
- NO AIR BETWEEN BUTT OR BACK AND OPPONENT!
- Maximize surface area.
If feet are straight, you will keep rolling. Try to turn your feet. Get off the train tracks. Plow, cut, turn your lower body to keep it from just rolling while an opponent is pushing.
Keep head looking one way. Jammers look for head turns as ways to escape. You will be able to feel them when you have that much surface area. No need to look around and knock your upper body off balance.
Rolling shoulder forward can be helpful. Driving the car can also help. This is a very low penalty block, keep your penalty sticks out of the way. Do not allow yourself to build bad habits. Learn it exactly as you’d like to do it on game day.
Stay focused; do not allow yourself to go into automatic mode. Automation means you are not thinking about what you’re doing. Thoughtful practice is how you improve. Focus on what you are doing. Why you are doing it. How you could do it better. Breaking it down into its smallest parts and then building it back up. It should be hard. And it should be repetitive. That is the place where your practice leads to great improvement. Only do it as long as you can stay focused.
Feedback is very important to improvement. Critique is a gift. It is how you keep getting better. Seek feedback and keep practicing. Enlist the help of a coach or a mentor. If none available, videotaping yourself. Watch footage. Look for the errors. How can you do it better? Keep critiquing and improving.
Drills and Application
- Sticky orbit standing in place to teach your body & think it through
- Sticky orbit rolling (lots of repetition and correction/critique)
- Snow plow push
- How to applying sticky orbit when working with a partner
- When to do sticky orbit? Speed differentials.