In this clip we’ll talk about pack skating
basics. In a roller derby game, unless you’re the Jammer, chances are you’re going to be
skating in very close proximity to a lot of other skaters. There are ten skaters on the
rink at any given time. Eight of them usually are making up the pack. So you need to learn
to skate with someone to the right of you, to the left of you, directly in front of you
and directly behind you. Now in the rules of roller derby, you may touch your team mates.
You may not touch an opposing player anywhere. So you need to recognize who is your team
mate and who is not. And you need to be able to skate while keeping your skates close to
your body so you’re not kicking anyone. Most of the time when you’re skating in the pack,
you’re going to be doing something that’s called sticky skate. Sticky skate is when
you have all eight wheels on the floor and you don’t pick up your feet at all. One of
the things I train my gals to do is to skate in sticky skate in a nice low crouch, keeping
your center of gravity low to the ground so you don’t get knocked over in case someone
accidentally or purposely bumps into you. I’ll demonstrate three different types of
sticky skate. The first one is the basic scissor kick. This is a really good one to work those
thigh muscles and the hamstrings. And I always tell my gals those thighs are not screaming
in pain, they’re screaming in beauty. All right, here we go with the basic scissor kick.
Out and in. Notice I never pick my skates up off the floor. You don’t hear the wheels
other than just the movement on the floor. The next one is called a salaam. You’re going
to go from the right to the left, to the right to the left. If you’re a skier, you’ll recognize
this move.
The last move is a figure eight. In this move, this is a good precursor to the crossover
because your feet are actually going to cross back and forth in front of one another. If
you’ve ever been interested in jam skating, this is also a jam skating move. Watch as
I demonstrate.

How to Play Roller Derby : How to Skate with a Pack in Roller Derby
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22 thoughts on “How to Play Roller Derby : How to Skate with a Pack in Roller Derby

  • August 20, 2008 at 7:48 pm
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    she could, and I wish she would, kick your ass

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  • December 13, 2008 at 9:48 am
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    a mi me la pe"$% jajaja

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  • August 5, 2009 at 5:34 pm
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    i always tell my gals lol

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  • August 7, 2009 at 5:29 am
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    That was the sound of her wheels scraping the pavement as she did the T-stop. if you'd watched the vid on stops in derby, you'd know that's what she was doing.

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  • October 10, 2009 at 8:22 am
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    Another helpful thing for sticky skating is if you find you can't keep your speed up, try bobbing up and down, moves you along faster.
    Also I've watched all this chick's videos, she is a total master at stopping on a dime. Great vids.

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  • February 10, 2010 at 6:48 am
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    mjnh hoc. thay lau wa

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  • July 3, 2010 at 11:43 am
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    London Bridge Roller Skating 8pm-2am each & every Friday. Bring 10 People & you get in for FREE.

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  • August 8, 2010 at 3:46 am
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    she makes it look so easy, but when im on the street it's like gravity aumented tenfold XD

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  • January 21, 2011 at 12:10 am
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    are there any roller derbby teams for kids around 14??

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  • February 25, 2011 at 7:28 pm
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    @rollerderbyjr ty 🙂

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  • July 18, 2011 at 8:21 pm
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    @SpunkyLamb I wanna be in roller derby so bad !!!!!!

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  • September 15, 2011 at 1:22 am
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    so is this basically like shuffling on wheels??

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  • September 16, 2011 at 6:39 pm
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    @KawaiiKurei1 I think USA requests you to be +21

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  • October 12, 2011 at 6:46 pm
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    I havent skated for 6 years, I don't remember how I mvoe my feet D';

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  • March 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm
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    Waaaaaait a minute… you're not allowed touch an opposing player?? I thought you were allowed to beat the living sh*t out of them?

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  • May 14, 2012 at 11:41 pm
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    We touch, we don't hold. This is hands by the way. If we catch an arm with our bodies we keep it.

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  • May 19, 2012 at 12:52 am
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    @lostteen08 you can only touch them with your elbow or above

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  • June 18, 2012 at 6:49 am
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    I figure skate myself, and I think it would be really easy to catch on. The biggest difference would be your balance, just because you're in quads rather than a blade.

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  • December 21, 2012 at 2:46 pm
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    Can you tell me what your knee and elbow pads are please? They look like they are much more protective than the ones I am using at the moment. Thanks!

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  • October 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm
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    We have a girl in our league who has been figure skating since she was five. She had to learn to keep her arms close to her body and, of course, derby stance. Also she told me that it was a bit difficult to manage the wider wheels because you only have the blade in ice skating. But she was learning really, really fast and she was able to learn some moves really quick, so it may be easier for you to learn roller derby moves with experience in ice skating 🙂

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  • January 26, 2014 at 5:12 pm
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    I work at my skating rink because my uncle owns it and our league is 13 and older but im 12 and they let me on it

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