Had the most amazing training yesterday! It was our last Smoky Bacon-training, so everybody was pretty nervous. Not about the theory-test we had to pass, but about the fact that we would scrimmage with the Beef Jerkies later that training.
The WFTDA theory-test was to examine our knowledge of the roller-derby rules. 45 multiple-choice questions. To pass, you need at least a score of 38, so 7 errors were admitted. I wasn’t really prepared, and had only read the manual that very day. I could say I had no time, but really I was just lazy. Luckily I have a pretty good memory and things, especially useless stuff, easily sticks to my brain. So I was very glad to hear I scored 43/45. Hell yeah!
After taking the test, we went on the track. Seen as I finished early, I had plenty of time to skate peacefully, and warm up my shins. First time ever I could do that. The more time progressed towards the start of the training, the more Beef Jerkies came on the track. That’s an awful lot of people if you’re used to be with 12 people on the track. Before the scrimmages, we first learned a few more moves about blocking a jammer, this in partnership with a Beef Jerky. This came in very handy, because they have a better idea/view of what is going on, and just pull or push you with them.
Then it was time for the scrimmages! Each line-up was an equal mix of Smokies and Jerkies. It was really awesome! I jammed twice. First time went pretty well. Although I had to get pass 4 Jerkies, I started off with a powerjam, which made things slightly more relaxed. Second time, during my initial pass I performed a back block, which send me straight to the penalty-box. Oops… No idea for how long we scrimmaged, I guess for about an hour, just like an official bout. It went so fast!
After training, we headed to the cantine for a drink, snack and movie. Dolly Deathstar revealed a few awesome developments and goals for 2013. A few weeks ago there were a few job-openings, for which I applied. I’m proud to announce that Turkish Delight and I are going to take care of the league’s PR! We both first need to finish our thesis, but I’m really looking forward to it.
Seen as it was the last SB-training, I’m now part of the Beef Jerkies as #213 Dropdead Desi. There’s still some more time needed until I’m bout-ready, because of the whole bending my knees more-thing, but that’s just a question of training my ass off!