You may be wondering what exactly a roller derby bootcamp involves- so read on!
This was my first bootcamp- I joined the league as a freshmeat skater earlier this year- I am so new I don't even have a derby name yet! I drove up to London on the Friday night with Norman and Kirsty who are both Plymouth City Roller Girls too.
Arriving at the venue at ten to 9 on the Saturday I started feeling really nervous, as opposed to slightly nervous which I had felt before. We saw Kitty Decapitate and Kamikazee Kitten (who are both famous London Roller Girl Skaters) cycling in, which made me worry I wasn't derby enough to be here. However I was greeted by so many friendly and helpful members of LRR who checked us in, told us which groups we were in, showed us where the toilets and changing rooms were that, by time my first session(which incidentally was off-skates and about footage analysis) started I was feeling better already.
Here is a copy of the timetable. I was in the group Treachery!
The bench session was the only one I felt I would have benefited from more if I had been a well-seasoned skater. I have not bouted yet so I did not really have any specific questions to ask Whitey or General IZD Awesomeness. Whitey did however talk a lot about team dynamics and her experiences in building good relationships between referees, players,bench coach and line ups manager (I can't wait to be on a team!)and how that is necessary to success!