<![CDATA[Sheffield Steel Rollergirls - Blog]]>Sat, 25 Mar 2017 15:54:58 +0000Weebly<![CDATA[Bring Your A Game]]>Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:59:11 GMThttp://www.sheffieldsteelrollergirls.co.uk/blog/bring-your-a-gameIt’s our first Champs game of the season tomorrow! Check out our A Team’s favourite ways to prepare for game day.

Photos by Roller Derby on Film

Madge Juicer

In terms of mindset, I don’t really do anything differently than any other day. I don’t really think about the game until shortly before the whistle for my jam goes. That’s kind of my approach to life. I plan everything else but by the time of the event all the important stuff is done and delivery is different when you’ve done all the work ahead of time.

That said, food on the day is important to me. I eat low-GI foods like oats, bananas, and I love dates and un-sulphured apricots. I’m also a fan of coconut water. I usually make a juice or have some homemade Kombocha (pineapple & mango, ginger, turmeric & lime, and hibiscus & pineapple are the ones I've been playing with lately). I also take some soaked almonds with me, as well as a packed lunch. Fuel and hydration is so important and I love eating.

Atha's Sin

Hydrate, eat and rest well. It helps my peace of mind if I plan my game day ahead of time. I like to know what time we are leaving, when we’re arriving, what time off-skates and on-skates warm up is, etc. I also do quite a lot of going through the scenarios we’ve been working on at training.
The night before a game, I like to imagine how well the game is going to go. I remember how awesome my team mates are, that I trust them and they trust me, and that it’s going to be so much fun. And mostly importantly I remember why I am here: because I love it!

Victor E Dance

Ever since someone taught me about overnight oats I’ve been in love with those for breakfast when I know I need some fuel. Also I like to wear comfy shorts for travelling to the game to stay relaxed and then once I get there and put my leggings on it’s business time.

Top Gurn

Oh me? I just turn up :D

Uma Thumpin

I do lots and lots of hydrating two weeks leading up to a game, and taper down on my heavy lifting and up the conditioning side of my training. I make a big tofu scramble for breakfast and vegan protein bars for snacks. On the day, as Captain one of the my main jobs is making sure everyone is where they need to be and in the right mindset, and that helps me get focused on my own game. I like to get plenty of time to test the floor, just to get comfortable in my skates, and get in lots of extra ankle exercises for warming up off skates.


I always have clean pads for a game and tidy out my bag, make sure I’ve got tape, tools, and get rid of all the rubbish and stank. I get all this done on an evening and then tinker with my skates, make sure nuts are tight, etc. I have a bath, do a post-bath stretch to some music and head to bed.
On the day I have an awesome breakfast, like homemade baked beans on eggy crumpets with lots of tea and water. When I’m at the venue I tend to try and zone out to some music, keep mobile and keep smiling, because despite being nervous I want it to be fun. I have a tendency to lose my shit on track and get lots of penalties if I get mega excited before the game, so staying calm and keeping mobile is key.
Right before the game, I tense everything from my toes to my scalp and hold and release with some good deep breaths, meaning my muscles are engaged and when I go and line up for the first time I do the same.

Thanks for sharing everyone, and good luck on track! 
<![CDATA[What To Expect From Minimum Skills Testing]]>Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:16:47 GMThttp://www.sheffieldsteelrollergirls.co.uk/blog/what-to-expect-from-minimum-skills-testing
Photo by Roller Derby on Film
 As our latest intake take to the track for their first minimum skills testing session tonight, our Crucibelles share some of the tips that got them through their mins. 

Take it away, Belles!

For those on their first time of testing:

- You'll be put in a group of 2-5 to be marked by the same person, who you might not have met before: "Expect there to be quite a lot of people at the session that you've never seen - this can seem intimidating until you remember that they have all been in your position before, and are there to help, not judge you" - WickHit

- There will be a demonstration of the skill you're about to do, then a bit of practice time, then your marker will watch you try the skill and record whether you've nailed it, or still have a bit of work to do.

- Make sure you use the practice time to actually practice the skill, rather than talking about it:  there'll be loads of time for chats at the end of the session (and at post-testing burritos!)

- "Try everything! My first time around I didn't even attempt 27/5, T stop and laterals. So I didn't get any feedback and that's why they were some of the last things I passed. Give it a go and then your marker can give you some tips!" - WildKat

- Don't expect to pass everything this time around: look at the session as a chance for a bit of one-on-one feedback about your progress. No one expects you to pass everything first time; it nearly always takes people AT LEAST two rounds of testing before they pass everything. Try to think of the session as a review, rather than a test: a chance for you to yourself and everyone else show how far you've come.

- "Hustle. If the coach says sit then sit, if she says get in a circle you huddle like you mean it, if she says get on track you sprint on to the track. There's lots to fit in and lots of markers to organise and if you get through everything there's time for sock derby!" - WildKat

- "Just remember that 3 months ago you couldn't do any of the things, and look at you now!" - WickHit. "I like to remember that the only way I could stop when I first started was to roll into the nearest wall, and that my first try at backwards skating involved clutching at someone's hands until we both fell over" - Rogue

- "Don't compare yourself to other people on track. As you skate around as a group demonstrating a skill, when your marker is happy they've seen enough you'll be called off the track. If you're still left on track after everyone else has been called off, it doesn't mean you've done badly, just that your marker was busy watching someone else first, or couldn't see you behind the pack of people" - WickHit

- There will be some skills that will become your nemeses ("180 TRANSITIONS Y U FORSAKE ME" - Rogue). Try not to get fixated on them: with time, they will come. Promise.

For those about to pass:

- "Anything that takes you longer to pass isn't a reflection on you as a person, or your potential, or us saying that you aren't trying hard enough: it means that we like your body unbroken and don't want to send you off to team training before you're ready" - Rogue

- "Make use of practice time for the things you haven't passed and don't be afraid to ask other people for feedback or help" - WickHit

- Remember there will be other chances to pass things soon so if you miss one, don't panic.

- "I know it's really hard and I'm a massive hypocrite but try not to stress about that one skill you think you'll never pass in a million years (bloody 27/5). You WILL get there" - WildKat

- "If it helps you focus, make a list of the last things you have left to pass so as you pass them and cross them off, you can see your progress" - WickHit

- "Extra practice is super helpful! And if you can watch a scrim that'll help you know what to expect when you transition to playing with the big girls" - WildKat

For everyone:

- Make sure you're super hydrated - it's hot in the hall, and you'll be working even harder than usual. If you aren't hydrated enough everything will seem much more difficult, physically and mentally. Ideally start upping your water intake the night before; if you're chugging litres too soon before the session you'll be spending most of the time in the loo, or feeling quite sick.

- Mins testing is a really good chance to cheer on your fellow pre-mins (especially if they're really close to passing). Giving people support and encouragement will give them a boost, and create a positive environment for everyone.

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<![CDATA[Roller Derby and Body Image]]>Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:09:17 GMThttp://www.sheffieldsteelrollergirls.co.uk/blog/roller-derby-and-body-imageIntroducing a new blogger to the mix - Sticky WickHit! WickHit joined Sheffield Steel Rollergirls in October 2015 and flew through her minimum skills to join the Crucibelles within a year. Below she describes how roller derby has improved her body confidence. Thanks for sharing, WickHit! PicturePhoto credit: WickHit's Mum :)
This picture is me one year ago. That was the first time I'd ever put my skates on, and first up: nobody had told me how to wear a helmet properly, okay? Just getting that out of the way now. And with that aside, I'd probably better explain the way I'm dressed...

...because that was how I was comfortable dressing. I didn't dare to wear leggings, because I thought my legs looked weird. I didn't dare to wear anything that showed my arms; if I had to wear a t-shirt, I'd wear a longer sleeved one underneath it. I have what I assume is a kind of eczema, where my skin - but particularly my upper arms - bubbles up in little red marks, especially when I'm too hot or sweating, or itches to the point where I have to scratch and it scars. And I'd become convinced that every time anybody looked at me, they would notice it and go 'ewww'. So I kept it covered up as best I could, even if it meant boiling during summer.

Going to roller derby for the first time was massively daunting, and not just because I'd never been on skates before! I'd followed advice and worn what I thought was tight clothing, but which probably wasn't by anybody else's standards, and I felt like I was going to walk in and all these athletic looking women were going to take one look at me and laugh behind their hands. Yes, yes, I know. It was a stupid thing to think, but at the time I'd convinced myself that it was entirely realistic.

I don't think I've ever been so wrong in my life.

It took me a long time to get comfortable with it. For the first few weeks I felt like I was going nowhere, especially as I was spending so much of my time on the floor getting up again. I questioned everything: whether I'd just done something monumentally ridiculous in signing up for this; whether I was ever going to even be able to skate across a room and turn around; and my own confidence, over and over. I found myself habitually 'hugging' my arms during moments of stillness, or tugging at my leggings to try and hide their tightness as much as I could, and then wondered if I was just drawing attention to the very things I was trying to avoid. I was well outside my comfort zone in so many ways and it was very, very challenging. For every session that I left feeling like I'd achieved something, there was a session where all I could think about was how much I hated wearing vest tops, and I left convinced that this wasn't for me and I'd never manage anything at all.
And yet...I kept coming back. And the more I went, the more these things became background. Every time I successfully managed a transition (after many, many, many weeks), it mattered a little less what I looked like doing it. Every time I added another lap to my attempts to skate 27 in 5, I cared a little less about my legs, or my arms, or anything other than getting that next lap. Or pushing for one more lateral, or knocking an extra half second off weaving...well, you get the idea.

And the more I noticed that NOBODY ELSE CARED EITHER.

This next picture is me after one year of roller derby.
Photo by Roller Derby on Film
I'm not saying that any of the main issues have changed. My legs probably do look weird. My arms are still covered in bumps and scars. But the difference is that now I don't care, because I know that's not what my body is about. It can do things I thought it would never, ever be able to do, and every week I'm slowly adding more and more to that list. What's a few bumps and lumps to that?

So if you're out there wondering if you should take up roller derby, and thinking that maybe you're not strong enough, or not confident enough, or not aggressive enough, tell that part of you to shut up and just do it. It's not necessarily easy. But it is worth it. You'll thank yourself every time you look in a mirror.

Looking forward to all the years to come :)
~ Wickhit xD
<![CDATA[Christmas Awards 2016]]>Sun, 04 Dec 2016 09:00:00 GMThttp://www.sheffieldsteelrollergirls.co.uk/blog/christmas-awards-2016
We know, we know, it's disgustingly early but yesterday saw us hold our annual Christmas party. The Sentinel Brewing Company hosted us this year and did an amazing job - thank you so much to the staff for hosting 30+ rollergirls, providing delicious food and many drinks!

And our Christmas party wouldn't be complete without our Christmas Awards. Every year we like to recognise the people within our league who deserve a special thank you, and here they are.

The Winners!

A Team Captains
Awarded to the A Team Captains for awesomeness and badassery
Uma Thumpin and Cherry Thunder

Captain's Choice
Awarded by the A Team Captains for skating excellence
My Lethal Pony

A Team Bench
Awarded to the A Team Bench for benching like a boss

Crucibelles Captains
Awarded to the Crucibelles Captains for awesomeness and badassery
Rage Against The MaSheena and Rollease the Kraken
Crucibelles Captains' Choice
Awarded by the Crucibelles Captains for skating excellence
Fling'er McCartney

Crucibelles Bench
Awarded to the Crucibelles Bench for benching like a boss
Bob and Phallic Baldwin

Crucibelles LUM
Awarded to the Crucibelles LUM for excellence in clipboarding
Maid of Steel

Head NSO
Awarded to the Head NSO for the most excellent derby admin
Emma B

Head NSO's Choice
Awarded by the Head NSO for dedication to Team Grey
Bunny and Alf A Wolf

Head Referee
Awarded to the Head Referee for dedication to Team Zebra
Head Referee's Choice
Awarded by the Head Referee for dedication to Team Zebra
Doug Hisgrave

Fluffiest Fluffy
Awarded to a pre-min skater for determination, growth, and all-round fluffiness

Knock Your Socks Off
Awarded for sock derby brilliance
Axis Denied

Baby Belle
Awarded for being a Belle, being a babe, and having a Baby Belle!

Awarded by the SSRG pre-mins, for being a shiny dazzling gem of a human

Creative Genius
Awarded for artistic brilliance and creative wizardry
Xena Morph

Most Stylish Award
Awarded for being a stylish mega babe
Viva Naz Vegas
This Is Why Bob Doesn't Let Us Go To Skate Parks Award
Awarded for breaking her leg and not even crying

Blocking With The Face Award
Awarded for the most epic face-bruising and unicorn forehead we've ever seen
Becks Rated

One to Watch (A Team)
Awarded to the A Team skater on the up and up

One to Watch (Crucibelles)
Awarded to the Crucibelles skater on the up and up

One to Watch (Mavens)
Awarded to the non-rostered skater on the up and up

Joker in the Pack
Awarded for always bringing the lolz

No Tardies
Awarded for super awesome attendance across all league events

Structure Award for Pressing On
Awarded by Structure Sport and Fitness for pressing on through injury and making an awesome returning to lifting heavy
Structure Award for Most Improved
​Awarded by Structure Sport and Fitness for showing the most improvement in lifting heavy things
Good Vibrations Award
Awarded to the skater who always brings the good vibes
Tubthumping Award
Awarded for always getting back up again (ain't never gonna keep her down)

Unsung Hero Award
Awarded for outstanding contribution to the league

Hunger Award
Awarded to the skater who always give it their all

Heart of Steel
Awarded for embodying SSRG's number one rule of Being Excellent to Each Other

Congratulations to all our winners! Any suggestions for awards we should include next year?
<![CDATA[Falling is learning]]>Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMThttp://www.sheffieldsteelrollergirls.co.uk/blog/falling-is-learning
Photo by Roller Derby on Film
One of our favourite mantras at SSRG is the short and sweet ‘falling is learning’ (Also known as: Fall down seven times, get up eight - Japanese proverb) (Also also known as: I get knocked down, but I get up again, you ain't never gonna keep me down - Chumbawamba ;))

A common fear people have when they start playing roller derby is that they will fall. Sometimes this fear might even stop people from giving it a try in the first place. And this fear is born from the idea that falling is somehow bad, or shameful. That falling is something to be avoided. 


We play a sport where we wear wheels on our feet, skate fast, and hit each other. Hard. It's pretty safe to say that you WILL fall over. Not only that: you SHOULD fall over. IT'S AWESOME. It's proof to yourself that your brain and body are trying their hardest to translate some brand new strange concept into action. It doesn't matter how long someone has been playing roller derby: if you watch them try new things, they will fall. And if you watch them closely, you'll see them pick themselves up, grinning, and try that new thing again. And again. And again. Until they've nailed it. All of that falling is totally worth it, and totally necessary, to learning the New Thing. 

Because falling is learning! If you're not falling, you're not learning. 

Plus - we wear lots and lots of padding. You know why? Because we do lots and lots of falling. And when you fall wearing lots and lots of padding, it feels fine. It even feels fun! Learning to do 360 knee slides in huge knee pads? SO FUN. 

Double plus! When you fall you can get excellent derby kisses. Who doesn't want to show off all their multicoloured roller derby souvenirs?

All of this means that whether you’re a brand new skater or a five year veteran, you should never feel any embarrassment about falling - the only bad way to fall is to refuse to get back up again.*

So what are you waiting for? Get your skates on (and all your pads), and get falling! 

*or if you fall really hard on your butt and can't walk for a week. That's a bad fall. Don't do that fall. 
<![CDATA[Testing...testing...is this thing on?]]>Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:50:59 GMThttp://www.sheffieldsteelrollergirls.co.uk/blog/testingtestingis-this-thing-on
Photo by Claire Brand
We're back! After a bunch of technical issues saw us locked out of our domain, we're back up and running as sheffieldsteelrollergirls.co.uk.

And we've got some great new content lined up for you all, so stay tuned for updates from Becks Rated and her Unicorn Horn, our award-winning beer making efforts, a recap of Champs, and a new feature, Ask Amber - plus much more. 
<![CDATA[JUGO JUEVES!]]>Thu, 01 Sep 2016 11:00:00 GMThttp://www.sheffieldsteelrollergirls.co.uk/blog/jugo-jueves3057343Happy Thursday and Happy September Everybody! Here is a fabulously healthy juice to start your month well. 
<![CDATA[JUGO JUEVES!]]>Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:00:00 GMThttp://www.sheffieldsteelrollergirls.co.uk/blog/jugo-jueves2044808Juice Thursdays, Jugo Jueves... Herbs and Citrus. Enjoy!
<![CDATA[JUGO JUEVES!]]>Thu, 04 Aug 2016 11:00:00 GMThttp://www.sheffieldsteelrollergirls.co.uk/blog/jugo-jueves3107183Jugo Jueves is back with a fabulously colourful and tasty recipe! 
<![CDATA[JUGO JUEVES!]]>Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:00:00 GMThttp://www.sheffieldsteelrollergirls.co.uk/blog/jugo-jueves3633749It's that time of the week again! Hope you enjoy this super tasty recipe. Happy Thursday!