Roxy Rockett

Clinging: Keep your hands to yourself

Ever hit someone when they least expect it? Ever feel your shirt was almost ripped off from the skater cause she didn’t know how to fall properly?

Ever get knocked so hard you were making wishes on the shooting stars in your eyes? Your first reaction is to find a friend to lend a hand.. or shirt.

Why does one cling?

This is from lack of training and also from lack of experience on the rink. All leagues should start out doing nothing but basic skating skills. I mean one foot glides, backwards skating, squats, crossovers, reverse direction endurance, falling drills, stops , etc… for a good 2 months before attempting any contact drills.

What can I do to stop my clinginess?

Constantly skate in the ‘derby position’. If i ever had a training session with your league, you know what stance to which i am referring.

Derby Position– Bend at the knees (not at the waist, no hunchback either) as low as you can possible go and cross your arms and press them tightly to your chest. Simple as that.

Do this stance when jamming and blocking. Not only will this hopefully rid you of clinginess but it should help with your balance, reducing the use of forearms/elbows and build up stability.. so when you do get hit, you won’t have to cling anymore cause you can absorb the hit and keep on skating.

How do I handle a clingy bitch?

Skating against– Knock that bitch out as much as possible! If she’s clinging to you for support from a hit, who knows what desperate moves she would do to take out your jammer/blockers down the road (especially when her endurance is on it’s last leg). When you go in for that hit, make sure it’s not a lean block but a fast jab hit. In and out. BAM!

League Drill– Tie her wrists together with a long tube sock. Doesn’t have to be extremely tight, just enough to keep her hands immobile. Have her skate with that the whole scrimmage time. If you fear for her safety when doing this, then you need to take her OUT of scrimmaging and have her do falling drills. Also, yell at her every time you see her cling. She may not be aware of her actions, that’s why you need to communicate (yell) to make her aware.

Here’s an example of me doing a one knee drop in derby position. Notice my hands are closely to my chest. This helps me strengthen my thighs, so when I have to use this fall in a bout, I will be trained not to cling.

Roxy Rockett One Knee Drop

(photo courtesy of neon salt mine)

Categorised as: Falling


  1. Frog says:

    Man, Roxy, you have a lot to say in the few days, but it’s great! I’ll keep hopping over to see what’s up.

  2. Excellent journal. Nice one-knee drop, and you’re holding your mouth right.

    Off topic, but:
    “I would say i am a rollergirl, but somehow it lessens my value.” well said.

  3. […] Remember the ‘derby position’? Arms in, knees bent?! (see previous post about Clinging) Whenever you do fall drills, speed practice, even scrimmaging, be mindful of your arms and keep them tucked into your body (in derby position) as often as possible. When you have to use them, be sure you understand how and when is appropriate in order to save the most energy. […]