My face while watching the Gotham vs Denver bout. I’m sorry, but Gotham is just boring to watch these days. The only jams that are fun are when Denver gets lead and it doesn’t just look like a Gotham practice.
Yep I was making the same face. I think the world just needs to see Gotham get beat my 100+ points or just plain ol’ lose JUST TO KNOW that aren’t flawless. Cos so far they are pretty damn close to perfect. Which is kinda scarey. Who will stop the Gotham machine?
My reaction to Gotham bouts is getting pissed that all other teams aren’t good enough. Why doesn’t everyone work until they’re on that level?
I’m hoping the Texies take the win this year! I am from Texas so I am a little biased. lol T2K3!
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Powerpuff girls derby! :D
IS THAT A GIF IN A GIF IN A GIF
ROLLER GRRRLS animated gif for pour Patreon page.
Love this artwork.
MOTHERFUCKERS COULDN’T GET ON WONDER WOMEN’S LEVEL
I just love this!
This. This is perfect.
Sports, do the thing, win points! Lmao!
This stop seems to be the one that trips most people up haha literally! So I thought I’d write a few pointers on how to execute a beaaaautiful plow stop with no falling, flailing or speeding up.
'But whyyyyy do we have to learn plow stops when we can t-stop?' *facepalm* whenever I hear this I die a little inside hahaha but I do have to think back to when I was learning and I too detested them haha but wow I never knew how vital to roller derby they truly are! You use them in almost every aspect of the game, as a jammer to slow before entering the pack, as a blocker to slow a jammer down positionaly, forming a strong wall, counter hitting and sooo much more. So quit yo jibber jabber and lets get to it!
Stance. It is all about getting the correct posture for this move so lets break it down starting from the bottom up
- Feet - Weight on the inside wheels. Toes pointing in, heels pushed outwards making a ‘V’ shape
- Calves - Use these muscles to drive power into your heels forcing them out.
- Knees - Bent. NEVER lock them straight.
- Thighs - Pulling tightly in, sitting back into a good squat, you should feel the burn ;p
- Ass - This is where your centre of gravity/weight should be, drop it down, the lower you can get it the faster you’ll stop.
- Chest - Upright, facing the direction you’re heading.
Performing the stop
There are many different ways of teaching how to do a plow stop and everyone’s different in which method they connect to. This is the most basic explanation I know and my preference.
As you are skating forwards in a derby stance (knees bent, chest up) your feet will be parallel, when you want to stop drop your weight straight down into your butt, drop it low, and force the power from your thighs and calves into your heels driving them outwards.
It really is as simple as that…in theory ;p it’s a move you need to build your leg strength for admittedly, the stronger your legs and ass get the more power you can put into pushing your heels out and inevitably stop quicker :)
If you watch other skaters perfom this stop you will see that everyone varies in the spreadness of their legs hahaha technical term there. What I mean is some people push thie legs all the way out practically doing the splits, whereas others keep it in tighter. There is method behind this madness. If you’re coming in quick and need to stop sharpish the best option is to spread them legs and drop it low bringing yourself to a sharp stop. If you did that skating in a tight pack, chances are you will trip someone and get a low block major so best to keep your legs a bit tighter ;)
So that’s all I have to offer you on the subject of Plow stops really, think I’ve covered all the bases. Now all there is to do is practise practise practise! And when you’re not on your skates….squat! DO ALL THE SQUATS! Always work on getting your thighs and ass in the best shape they can be, the stronger they are the easier a lot of things derby related will be :)
I love plow stopping, I feel like this should help a lot! Great visual.
Very useful diagram for nailing the plow stop!
In the words of one of my derby friends, ASS TO THE GRASS!
Nice break down for plowstop.
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Had to blog this twice, because I just realized they don’t have real skates on. That is such a clever way to simulate having skates. I may use this method for my Harley Quinn derby cosplay, because certain conventions won’t allow you to wear actual skates, even if your wheels are locked.