Themed Roller Derby Camps 

Host a camp to raise funds for your league or host one for the good derby learnins! Punchy will design and coach the camp for your team, league, and/or leagues in your area. Choose from the following camps or inquire about a camp designed specifically for your group.

BEGINNER

Roller Derby Stops | 2-3 hours  | Speed Control is one of the most important skills in roller derby. A skater must be able to come to a complete stop from a full sprint within 5-10' in order to be effective at the game. Participants learn and practice the following stops: T-Stop, Plow Stop, Tomahawk, Powerslide, and Hockey Stop. They will be given a goal plan on how to improve stops beyond class.

Lateral Movement | 2-3 hours | Lateral Movement is one of the most important skills in roller derby and requires agility and endurance. Participants learn and practice weaving, stepping, and footwork on the track and will be given a goal plan for improving lateral movement beyond class.

Skating in a Pack | 2-3 hours  | Transitioning from skating alone to skating in a pack can be a little scary for some. This class introduces skating in close proximity, how to maintain a legal pack, and moving throughout the pack at various speeds. Pre-requisite: Participants must have demonstrated basic skating skills: Levels 1-3 of WFTDA Minimum Skills Requirements.  

Blocking 101: The Basics | 3-4 hours | Participants learn various blocking styles, how to execute them legally and effectively, and how to do that in a pack. This camp is beneficial to skaters beginning to learn contact skills or skaters who would like to refine their blocking skills. Pre-requisite: Participants must have demonstrated basic skating skills: Levels 1-4 of WFTDA Minimum Skills Requirements.

Avoiding Blocks | 2-3 hours | There's almost no reason to take a block when you can avoid it! Blockers learn techniques for avoiding blocks in order to maintain position or relocate within the pack. Jammers learn techniques for avoiding blocks at various speeds and locations on the track. Pre-requisite: Participants should be comfortable skating backward and have demonstrated basics skating skills: Levels 1-4 of WFTDA Minimum Skills Requirements.

Backward Blocking | 2-3 hours Participants learn transitioning between forward and backward blocking, techniques for backward blocking and when to use them. The camp is beneficial for skaters at the beginner to intermediate skill level. Pre-requisite: Participants should be comfortable skating backward and have demonstrated basics skating skills: Levels 1-4 of WFTDA Minimum Skills Requirements.

Jamming 101: The Basics | 3-4 hours | Participants work on basic skills needed for jamming: speed control, lateral movement, agility, endurance, and derby smarts. Skaters learn strategies for navigating the pack, working with offensive blockers, calling off the jam, and defensive jamming. This camp is beneficial for skaters at a beginner to intermediate skill level, and blockers at any skill level looking to improve jammer skills. Pre-requisite: Participants must have demonstrated basic skating skills: Levels 1-4 of WFTDA Minimum Skills Requirements.

Scrimmage 101 | 4 hours | Transitioning from learning the basics to scrimmaging with the big girls can be extremely difficult. This class is designed to teach the following to skaters who have been cleared to scrimmage:

  • basic game rules : how a jam starts/ends, penalty calls, how to get to and from the penalty box, awareness of the legal engagement zone, scoring, and game clocks
  • the importance of awareness and communication : knowing who is lead jammer (if at all), where the jammers are and if they are scoring, who is in the penalty box, and how much time is left on the jam clock and game clock 
  • basic game play : how to lineup for a jam, learning the basics of playing offense and defense, and the basics of power jam strategies

Skaters will feel more confident moving into scrimmaging and will have a specific goal plan to focus on as they learn how to play roller derby. Pre-requisite: Participants must have been cleared to scrimmage.

INTERMEDIATE

Pre-requisite: Participants must have demonstrated all WFTDA Minimum Skills Requirements. All classes will be tailored to your league's skill level.

Controlled One-on-One Blocking | 3 hours | Controlled blocking is far more effective than a big ole committed block that sends you flying off the track or onto the floor. First, participants learn how to add stops to a positional block. Then they learn how to legally add blocks to control and destroy opponents. This camp is not for the weak - you will take a beating! Pre-requisite: Participants must have demonstrated the following stops from a sprint to complete stop within 10-15 ft: plow stop, tomahawk, and powerslide.

Defense Made Simple | 6 hours | Defense is simply protecting your point and the points of your teammates. That requires awareness, communication, quick reaction, and aggressive blocking. Participants learn strategies for playing defense individually and with teammates. This camp is a combination of three classes - Controlled One-on-One Blocking, Efficient Blocking, and Four Skater Defensive Walls - and is beneficial for skaters at all bouting skill levels. 

Efficient, Smart Blocking: Which Block to Use When | 3 hours | One, single block will never be effective for every game situation and opponent. Smart, skillful blockers can execute various blocks, and they know when to use them. This class focuses on learning how to read opponents and making blocking decisions based on that information. Participants learn a variety of blocking techniques and when to use them. This camp is beneficial for blockers looking to get the most out of every, single block.

Four-Skater Defensive Walls | 3-6 hours | Skaters learn techniques for strengthening and maintaining the integrity of a defensive wall through flawless teamwork. Participants rewire their mind to view every inch of defensive space as precious real estate. They learn how to use anchored support, aggressive blocking, and, at times, restraint and how to stretch the pack in order to lengthen the time and distance to play defense.

Jam Starts: Don't Be A Victim; Make It Happen! | 3 hours | When lining up for a jam you must be proactive, rather than reactive. The most important thing at the start of the jam is awareness and communication. Participants learn and practice various jam start strategies, and they learn how to read their opponents and make choices based on the situation. The camp is beneficial for skaters at all bouting skill levels.

Offensive, Defense, and Seamlessly Switching Between | 2 Days | This two-day camp is focused on teaching skaters offensive and defensive techniques, when to use them, and how to quickly switch between playing offense and defense. Day One focuses on individual and team blocking skills used for offense and defense. The first half of Day Two focuses on reviewing those skills, then focusing on pack awareness and communication. The second half focuses on learning when and how to seamlessly switch between offense and defense, followed by a scrimmage to practice all the new skills. This camp is beneficial for skaters at all bouting skill levels. 

Partner Blocking + Blocker Assists | 3-4 hours | Blocking is fun and doing it with a friend is the most fun ever!  Participants learn techniques for defensive blocking with a partner. The focus is on learning how to work together, how to use assists and fluid, controlled blocking, and how to save each other from illegal play. This camp is beneficial for skaters at all skill levels.  

Power Jams | 3-4 hours Power jams allow a team to rack up significant points. Whether you are playing offense or defense, the key to exploiting a power jam is to work as a team and do it without hesitation. Participants learn strategies for making the most of a power jam and practice those strategies with their teammates. This camp is beneficial for skaters at all bouting levels.

ADVANCED / ELITE

Pre-requisite: Participants must have demonstrated all WFTDA Minimum Skills Requirements. All classes will be tailored to your league's skill level.

Aggressive, Smart Jamming | 3-6 hours | Smart jammers know how to read an opponent and always keep them guessing. Participants will learn how to read an opponent's body language, how to use that information, and how to take advantage of the moment. This camp focuses on advanced jamming (most skills translate to offensive blocking) and is beneficial for jammers looking to up their game and for blockers who want to learn to think like jammers.

Four-Skater Defensive Walls | 3-6 hours | Skaters learn techniques for strengthening and maintaining the integrity of a defensive wall through flawless teamwork. Participants rewire their mind to view every inch of defensive space as precious real estate. They learn how to use anchored support, aggressive blocking, and, at times, restraint and how to stretch the pack in order to lengthen the time and distance to play defense.

Hit It + Quit It Offense | 3-4 hours Nothing is more tragic than when your jammer gets lead, has plenty of separation between her and the opposing jammer, and has to call it at 0-0 because her blockers did not help her. Participants learn how to recognize when their team has a Hit It + Quit It opportunity and practice quick offensive strategies to get points and call off the jam before the other team scores. This camp is beneficial for skaters at all bouting levels.   

Jam Starts: Don't Be A Victim; Make It Happen! | 3 hours | When lining up for a jam you must be proactive, rather than reactive. The most important thing at the start of the jam is awareness and communication. Participants learn and practice various jam start strategies, and they learn how to read their opponents and make choices based on the situation. The camp is beneficial for skaters at all bouting skill levels.

Offensive, Defense, and Seamlessly Switching Between | 2 Days | This two-day camp is focused on teaching skaters offensive and defensive techniques, when to use them, and how to quickly switch between playing offense and defense. Day One focuses on individual and team blocking skills used for offense and defense. The first half of Day Two focuses on reviewing those skills, then focusing on pack awareness and communication. The second half focuses on learning when and how to seamlessly switch between offense and defense, followed by a scrimmage to practice all the new skills. This camp is beneficial for skaters at all bouting skill levels. 

Partner Blocking + Blocker Assists | 3-4 hours | Blocking is fun and doing it with a friend is the most fun ever!  Participants learn techniques for defensive blocking with a partner. The focus is on learning how to work together, how to use assists and fluid, controlled blocking, and how to save each other from illegal play. This camp is beneficial for skaters at all skill levels.  

Power Jams | 3-4 hours Power jams allow a team to rack up significant points. Whether you are playing offense or defense, the key to exploiting a power jam is to work as a team and do it without hesitation. Participants learn strategies for making the most of a power jam and practice those strategies with their teammates. This camp is beneficial for skaters at all bouting levels.