Pints of Brew Consumed: 0 (it seems as though my beer drinking is decreasing – not sure if this is good or bad).
Number of Miles Run: 0
Number of Derby Bruises: 0
So, yesterday, I assessed up in derby and can being to scrimmage! What does this mean? Mom, this one is especially for you! Assessing up means that I have the basic skills needed to scrimmage bout with other rollergals in Rec n Rollerderby. This means at practice, I will still be learning basic skills like hopping, speed, balance, etc PLUS I will be learning how to skate with others around me, blocking them from getting past and skating around them to hopefully scare (okay mistype but I like it… gonna scare people for points – hahha) points during a bout.
My guess is, if you do not know anything about derby you have no idea what any of this means, so here is a basic on how derby works. During a bout (or scrimmage in my case) there are one jammer, one pivot blocker, and three blockers, from each team, allowed on the track during a jam. Wait, what? These terms are like Latin to you? Okay, calm down already miss thang… we will start with some basic definitions (and I’m still learning the rules so give me a break here too).
Track – the oval shaped part of the rink we skate in during a jam.
Jam – jams make up periods. Each jam is no longer than two minutes and can be called earlier by lead jammer.
Period – honestly, not totally sure on this except that I know there are two periods for premier league and I think two for scrimmages. That’s all I got.
Okay – players…
Jammer (which I hope to get good at cause I am small enough to wiggle through people and not large enough to be an awesome blocker) – these gals score the points. Jammers must get through the pack – each lap around hte pack earns a point.
Lead jammer – this is the first gal to become jammer and can call the end of the jam – this is important when the other team starts scoring a lot of points or if the other team’s jammer is starting to gain some ground.
Blockers – these gals block jammers (and others) from getting through the pack.
Pivot – this blocker can actually switch places with the jammer to score points. If she switches with lead jammer – pivot cannot take on lead jam. There is NO lead jammer on the rink in this case.
Okay, mom, learn that part first and as we go, I will keep you updated. But the gist of this is that I get to learn how to do all of these things and work on skate work and become an awesome skater – I hope. But if you are interested in reading the rules and such check out the flat track rules.
So, that’s a little update. I have yoga brain right now, so if this made absolutely no sense, I am sorry. Bikram kicked my ass tonight – it’s been too long.
That is all,
DeviousLeigh (since this is about derby today, I will sign my derby name)