Practicing roller derby plays is crucial for team success on the track. In this blog post, we will explore a step-by-step approach to effectively practicing plays, allowing teams to gain control and dominate the pack. By following these steps, skaters can develop muscle memory, enhance their coordination, and improve their chances of achieving pack control during real game scenarios.
Step 1: Static Formation Practice
Begin by practicing formations without rolling or any external challenges. This allows team members to focus on getting into position, holding it, and establishing control. By eliminating movement and outside interference, skaters can concentrate on understanding the formation dynamics.
Step 2: Rolling Practice at a Slow Pace
Once the static formation practice feels comfortable, progress to practicing the play while rolling at a slow pace. This step introduces the element of movement, helping skaters adjust their positioning and timing. Again, there should be no challenges from the opposing team at this stage.
Step 3: Rolling Practice at a Moderate Pace
After mastering the play at a slow pace, it’s time to increase the speed slightly. Practice the play with a moderate roll, maintaining control and precision. The absence of challenges allows the team to focus solely on executing the play smoothly.
Step 4: Rolling Practice at a Fast Pace with Controlled Pack Speed
As confidence builds, incorporate a faster roll into the practice session. However, maintain pack control by executing an “ace lowdown” technique. This involves strategically slowing down the pack’s speed to ensure players have enough time to get into formation accurately.
Step 5: Introduce Challenges While Revisiting Previous Steps
To simulate real game scenarios, add challenges from the opposing team. However, go back through the previous four steps while facing these challenges. This reinforces muscle memory, strengthens coordination, and allows skaters to adapt to the added pressure.
Effective practice is the foundation for successful roller derby plays. By following the step-by-step approach outlined in this guide, teams can develop a strong connection between muscle memory and successful play execution. From static formation practice to gradually increasing speed and introducing challenges, skaters will be better equipped to gain control of the pack during real game scenarios. So lace up your skates, gather your team, and embark on a journey of mastering roller derby plays through dedicated and strategic practice.
Brenda Holley / Tater#300
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