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April 9, 2017

So you've decided that you want to up your derby game. Maybe you have just joined a learn to skate program and are eager to master the skills. Or maybe you are ready to get that competitive edge and join a team. That is great! I have a couple of steps to help improve y...

July 5, 2016

(This is the second post in a series.  Please see Intro to Aggressive Skating)

Park Etiquette

The main thing here is don't be a jerk, and skate safe.  Before you barrel into a skate park you  will want to watch the other people using the park (if there are any).  A...

June 23, 2016

I’ve always been a person that enjoyed playing sports, especially team sports. Growing up I was in dance, swimming, figure skating, ringette, and rugby. I always enjoyed being active but I didn’t really understand training. I would go to my practices and learn the skil...

June 8, 2016

So I’m a photographer. I just graduated from NSCC’s Photography program and loved it! During my first year I had an assignment to photograph someone in silhouette. With a silhouette, there are no facial features visible so you need to have some other recognizable featu...

May 24, 2016

“You know how I feel about that Roller Derby.” This is my Nana, very time we talk.  I don’t even have to bring up the topic; she scolds me every time. I live and play roller derby in Nova Scotia, while all of my family lives in Ontario. Nana has never seen a game, so h...

May 2, 2016

Photo Credit by Richard Lafortune

I am a dedicated referee. That means that my primary commitment when participating in Roller Derby is to be an official. It’s my job to work with my team – often referred to as Zebras* (or “Zeebs”) – to make sure the game is safe and fa...

April 29, 2016

So you've decided to up your game and start skating in the bowls. That's awesome and you are a badass!  I want to try to answer some questions and provide helpful hints for starting out in aggressive skating.

Facing your Fears

It is honestly pretty scary the fi...

June 6, 2015

Standing on skates... harder than it looks.

Total lack of control... that is where the fear came from the first time I put on my roller skates in October 2014. I was surprised by how the fear consumed me as soon as we were told to “stand up” in our skates.  I considered...

April 16, 2012

Editor’s note: We finish off our series on WFTDA skill testing with some solid advice from TaxaMiss Prime. Keep an eye out for some the rookies who just passed: they’ll be playing in our season opener on May 12!

So we recently had our minimum skills tests here at HRDA....

Editor’s note: We asked three fresh meat skaters who joined us in the Fall of 2011 to write about their experience with the basic skills test that all skaters must pass before they can be drafted to a team. This is part two. 

66 hours prior to testing… WOW. It is POURIN...

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