My last practice was Wednesday night and while it wasn’t freshie practice–I’m still editing that video–we still got things done. A lot of things. Like things that made us sweat a lot.
Because of injuries and work related stuff going on Wednesday was mostly a Freshie event. And we had four guest come up from York to get a bit of a work out as well: Awe Shux, Not Amanda, Grimm Scarytales, and Rock N Rose. You gotta love the names, am I right? One day I’m gonna start calling myself by one of these names and you’re gonna go, who? That’s for a ways down the line, however.
What did we do? Pace line and pack work, tripod/jammer practice, and a jammer practice where everyone played blocker and everyone got a chance to be the jammer. For this last I do not have video, however, as I hit the mode button at one point and switched my GoPro over to time exposure mode, so I ended up with like 140 pictures which were unusable. But I did get video of everything else.
Tripod practice you’ve seen before, but in our little group everyone had to play jammer at least once. No need to get out the big girl’s panties–the star pantie for our helmets–because with four of us in a group it was pretty easy to tell who was blocking and who wasn’t. Maybe the next time when we get a little crazier we’ll be geared correctly, but this night–nope, not necessary.
You’re gonna notice I talk in these videos. I talk a lot. When you’re bracing it’s your job to know where the jammer is and tell your other two blockers her location so they can react. A tripod that doesn’t communicate is one that’s gonna let the jammer by every time.
But I’m yacking a lot. I’m getting good with knowing what I’m doing wrong due to rules and a couple of times I’ll stop and say what I did wrong and we’ll reset and go at it again. The more you understand what you’re doing wrong, the more you can fix those things and not do them.
Tripod Practice 01:
And after some yacking we finish up:
Tripod Practice 02:
This was something new to try. It’s a pack weave, only you’re close to a person on your left or right. And I mean close: we reach over and touch each other’s thighs to keep it tight. The idea was as you move through the pack you get used to being right on top of someone else, which may happen when you’re blocking. For this I was with Ah Shux and we talk back a forth a little. You’ll hear her say that she was about to correct by posture because I was leaning over. As we sometimes say–and I do in the video–proper position is “butt back, tits up”, which is to say you bend your knees and put your butt back like you’re going to see, but you keep your torso upright and your head looking straight ahead. As Shux told me later, I was getting “tits over skates”, which is leaning forward, and that’s not something you want to do because it’s easier to fall that way if you take a hit.
Us Derby Women: we have the best language.
Hip to Hip Weaving:
This was something else we’ve never done before and it’s also a little different. We stayed in a pack and as our name was called we were given a place in the pack to go, after which we were expected to go there. The idea again was to get us used to moving quickly in a pack while said pack is going down the track. The best you can do this, the better you can play the game.
There you go. And maybe tomorrow I’ll have the last freshie video ready to go–
And expose my shame.