Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Back Bump Drill

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Objective: To teach skaters to avoid back-blocking; to practice partner blocking at zero speed
Typical length of drill: 10-15 mins
Materials needed: A full track
Skill level required: None
Description: Split the league in half. One half lines up outside the track. The other half pairs up and staggers around the track, preferably ten feet between each pair.  The skaters in line sprint toward each pair and try to get around them while staying in bounds and not back-blocking. The pairs shuffle across the track, staying together, and use their backs to engage the skater sprinting toward them. (They can also lean, hip check or sternum block to knock the skater out of bounds.) If the skater trying to get through the wall is leaned or knocked out of bounds she must re-enter legally (behind the wall) and try again.  After five minutes, switch so everyone gets a chance to build the wall with a partner and break through the wall alone.  If a skater back-blocks someone during the drill, she has to drop to the side of the track and do ten push-ups.
Additional notes: Originally posted on the roller derby coaches Yahoo group by Punchy O'Guts of Maine Roller Derby, but she credits it to the Boston Derby Dames.

If you enjoy this drill you may also like the drill Bouncy Blockers.

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