Objective: To learn how to avoid sudden obstacles; to practice good communication, closing up holes in the pack, and assisting your jammer; to practice jammingTypical length of drill: 15 minutes
Materials needed: A full track or just four cones to mark the inside track line
Skill level required: None
Description: This is a variation on the drill called Asshole. Get all your skaters together into one gianormous pack. Designate an asshole and give her/him the pivot panty. Designate a jammer (or angel) and give her/him the jammer panty. On the whistle the pack begins skating around the track. The pack's job is to:
- sustain a steady medium pace
- maintain a tight-knit pack where everyone can easily touch several people on command
- make holes for and assist the jammer through the pack
- close holes immediately after the jammer has gotten through so as to keep the asshole from being able to easily disrupt the pack
- loudly communicate with each other about what is happening in the pack, most specifically about the positions and movements of the angel and the asshole
- falling down in front of the pack
- bumping wheels with skaters
- slowing down in the middle of the pack
- forcing her/his way to the inside line and stopping there
- turning around and skating clockwise through the pack, etc. etc.
Additional notes: This is a fun way for greenhorns to get to try jamming for the first time -- no one is blocking, everyone is helping, it really takes the pressure off. When I've run this drill I've tried to give everyone at least one chance to jam, and we'll pass the asshole -panty around so that at least a few people get to try that as well (plus it's quite tiring to be the asshole for a really long period of time). It's a fun drill that feels more like a game but at the same time it's really good for practicing communication and alertness.