WFTDA recommends Fox 40 whistles for referees.  These are special whistles that don’t have any little balls in them so you get a crisp, clear note.  This prevents referees and skaters from mistaking the warble in conventional whistles for the 4-short blasts ending the jam.  The Fox whistles are also louder than conventional whistles, important at loud bouts.  Fox now makes a Sonic model that’s even louder. (Hard to imagine, I know!) Being able to hear whistles clearly during bouts is important.  However, I often leave scrimmages with my ears ringing until the next morning.  It’s bad enough that I avoid “echoing” end of jamRead More →

Sometimes you can’t beat the basics.  A great exercise that concentrates on the upper body is the PUSHUP. Lie flat on the floor with your hands slightly wider than shoulder width.  Raise your body up off the floor by extending your arms.  BODY STRAIGHT.  ABDOMINALS TIGHT. Keeping your body straight, lower your body to the floor by bending your arms.  Push your body up until your arms are extended.  Repeat. BUTT DOWN!  Watch a pushup video here. Too easy for you?  Then how about adding a twist and doing an INCLINE PUSHUP. Stand facing bench or sturdy elevated platform. Place hands on edge of benchRead More →

Yes, I am a blogging slacker. I have 50% of a post all about names (choosing, wishing, disappointment and real ones) for you to read… if I ever finish it. I did research, but you know what? It turned into work, so I set it aside. I also have become super busy with… well… skating! Training for an A-team is hard work and requires a lot of time. In the past, I had more time to spend on other things… this year is different. Why? I want more. How about we talk about track psychology, and getting out of your own head? “I cannot believeRead More →

I’M A MELTDOWN! I’M A MELTDOWN! I’M A MELTDOWN! DID A MENTION THAT I’M A MELTDOWN?! I’m proud to be one of the newest skaters of the NHRD Seabrook Meltdowns. The first bout that I went to see was actually a Meltdown bout. I watched the team like a hawk. Maneuvering around their opponents, communicating to one another and just working as a team. I even said to myself “I could never be on that team. I’m not that good at skating”. After a lot of work and dedication, I did! I am a official skater for New Hampshire Roller Derby. Not only that, I’MRead More →

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NHRD is proud to announce the results of the 2012 home and travel team draft. The league is home to two travel teams and three home teams. The Skate Free or Die All-Stars compete regionally in sanctioned Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) play while the Queen City Cherry Bombs compete in non-sanctioned local play. Our three home teams, the Granite Skate Troopers, Nightmares on Elm Street, and Seabrook Meltdowns, compete against each other in intraleague play for the annual Kennedy Cup (or “K-Cup”) Championship. (T) = Transfer     (R) = Rookie      (A) = Alternate 2012 Skate Free or Die All-Stars Coaches: Anita BangHer, Carroll HussRead More →