All Roads Lead to Norfolk Weekend Bootcamp

Here you’ll find all the information you need about the All Roads Lead to Norfolk Bootcamp.

The weekend will include up to 12 hours of coaching by the awesome Smarty Pants of Texas and Team USA and Master Blaster of LRG.

As well as 12 hours on-skates coaching from top level skaters there will be off-skates fitness classes, sports psychology sessions, bench coaching classes, a one day Ref and NSO clinic, plus a mega scrim so all skaters, coaches and trainee officials can put their skills into practise at the end of the weekend.

Full weekend tickets will include an event t-shirt in either black or white, which will determine your team for Sundays mega scrim!

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  • DATE: 27th-28th May 2017
    TIME: 9am-6pm
    VENUE: Sportspark
    University of East Anglia (Norwich), University Dr, Norwich NR4 7TJ

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  • Saturday Classes:

    BLOCKER SKILLS:

    Expanding from the Core with Master Blaster: Identify the center of your strength and defensive focus and free yourself from its limitations.
    Must Have Skills to Block with Smarty Pants: Blocking is basically stopping on your opponent. Blocking requires the ability to move laterally, but not over commit. Blocker requires strength but flexibility. Attend this class to learn the skills and fundamentals that Smarty uses with her team to stop the top jammers in the world. (SP)

    JAMMER SKILLS:

    Driving on the Lines with Master Blaster: effective maneuvering of the track lines are a necessary part of every jammer’s arsenal.  Here we’ll apply logic and force to leverage the opposition. 

    How do you Pass? with Smarty Pants: In life there are open hip jammers and closed hip jammers and on occasion jammers that do both. Smarty utilizes both methods to get passed opponents on the track and you should too. Attend this class to learn jamming skills that help you accelerate, skip, jump, glide and sprint past your opponents so that you can get lead, score all the points and call it off when you want. (SP)

     

    STRATEGY:

    Pick the Correct Offense with Master Blaster: learn a variety of offensive strategies so you can effectively match it to your opponents defense and maximize success.

    Starts and Initial Passes with Smarty Pants: There is a series of events that will take place once the first whistle blows. They are inevitable, but also dependent on if only one jammer gets out or if two jammers get out. Your team has a short amount of time to either score points, or prevent points from being scored. Do you know what to do? Attend this class to learn the step-by-step process. 

     

    OFF SKATES:

    Athletes with Smarty Pants: Your experience on the team is important. Your brain is important. You don’t need to do anything that you don’t want to do, yet your participation on the team is essential. Attend this class to learn what type of thinker you are, how to communicate more effectively with your friends and coach and to have a more enjoyable experience on the team. 

    Bench Coaching 101 with Furrocious: In this session we will work on basics of bench coaching. We will have space to run through specific obstacles teams face. For example how to deal with having a small roster or how to manage emotions on the bench. So it’s an interactive session. 

    The Five C’s with Dr Victoria Warburton:
    What behaviours are the hallmark of a mentally tough skater? This workshop will introduce the 5Cs (Commitment, Communication, Concentration, Control, and Confidence) of sports performance to highlight that successful skaters are those that can focus their attention, remain highly motivated and self-assured in the face of challenges, can regulate their emotions, and utilise effective interpersonal skills. There will be a specific focus on confidence and emotional control, exploring your own experiences in relation to these areas and introducing techniques to improve these aspects of your skating.

     
    Pilates for Skaters with Nikki Horner:
    Smarty Pants says: ‘Pilates is hands down one of the best things I have ever done for myself in sport. I really wish I had found Pilates about 2 decades ago when I really started to get serious in rowing because I would have learned how to use my muscles in the correct way and I would have been a much stronger, faster, well conditioned athlete. If you’ve never tried Pilates, you need to. It helps with injury prevention and body awareness, which are all things that roller derby skaters need in order to stay active and be a presence in this sport.
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  • Sunday classes

     

    BLOCKER SKILLS:

    Handling the Jammer with Master Blaster and Furrocious : Where’s the ball? She’s the one with the star on her head.  Learn a new approach to the game by dribbling, passing, controlling the jammer.

    Blocking Posture your Mum would be Proud of with Smarty Pants: Persuade and bait your opponent to take a certain route on the track, while standing and blocking in a stronger stance and relying on your brace less and less.

    JAMMER SKILLS:

    3 Steps Ahead with Master Blaster: how to bait and switch your opponents by setting them up to what you want them to do. 

     

    STRATEGY:

    The New Switch with Smarty Pants and Master Blaster: Long gone are the days of simple defense to offense switches and offense to defense switches. In this session we study quick changes that will help your team adapt to game play and also change the plan when it’s needed. 

     

    OFF-SKATES:

    Footage! with Smarty Pants: There are two ways to watch a game. One is to watch it start to finish, the other is to break it down, turn it inside out and learn everything that you can from it. Attend this class to learn how Smarty assess bout footage so that you can watch your own footage with more intention and you can watch games and learn the whole time you’re watching.

    ANNOUNCING 101 with Snoogins:
    In Announcing 101, we will cover the differences between in house and live/recorded feed calls, some warm up exercises, game day preparations and a Q&A segment, amongst other things.
    Bring your questions, your learning hats and your big inside voices!

  • Have you started reffing, but you’re not really sure you’re doing it properly? Or are you a seasoned Zebra who wants to refine their skills? Well, this one day course will have something for you.

    This workshop is coached by Stickler Hudson and is designed for new and established skating officials. 

    The one day workshop will be in 3 parts. An off skates classroom based session, an on skates session focusing on the skating skills and positioning that a good ref needs, and lastly, the chance to ref our mega scrim and put all those new skills into action.

    The clinic will focus on :

    • The role of being an official
    • establishing good skating techniques
    • how to ensure proper positioning.
    • how to best judge a penalty
    • how officials affect game play
    • how to adjudicate penalties
    • how to deal with official reviews
    • how to deal with challenging players and coaches
    • dealing with safety
    • The new 2017 rule set
    • how to play the zebra game.

    The Ref clinic will take place on Sunday 28th May at UEA Sportspark in Norwich from 9am to 6pm.

    Because of the on skates portion of this workshop we ask that all attendees have passed at least WFTDA minimum skater skills.

  • Do you want to up your game as an NSO? Do you have ambitions to be a HNSO? Are you nervous about taking on high pressure officials roles such as jam timing and penalty box tracking? Well, this course is for you.

    This one day course with experienced NSO Cupid Stunt will focus mainly on Game Day.

    You’ll look at how to prepare for a game. What do you need to know, planning your day/trip and for anyone with ambitions to be a HNSO we will look to demystify this role and share methods to make it an easier and more relaxed task than many people would expect.

    We will then focus on the fear roles, and provide hints and tips to help people feel confident in the jam timing, penalty tracking, penalty Box managing and scoreboard operator roles.

    We will also cover some ideas on improving communication between officials to make sure that everyone is involved and following several recent discussions on Facebook, we will look at ways you effectively deliver feedback to foster an environment of continuous improvement for officials.

    At the end of the day you’ll get a chance to  put your new skills into practice by NSOing a scrim.

    The NSO clinic will take place on Sunday 28th May at UEA Sportspark in Norwich from 9am to 6pm.

  • Meet Smarty Pants

    Nadia Kean, aka Smarty Pants lives and plays roller derby in Austin, Texas for Texas and USA Roller Derby.

    Smarty started skating bank track roller derby in 2003 for TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls in Austin, Texas. In 2011 she made the switch to flat track when she joined Texas. ​ Some of her proudest moments on the track include taking 2nd place at the WFTDA Championship with her team Texas against Gotham and taking Gold at the 2015 World Championship with USA against England.

    Smarty is equally successful off the track as a derby coach and consultant. She is currently gearing up for the Camp Elite 2017. She runs clinics with teammate Jackie Daniels. She is part of the regular annual coaching schedule for many Division 1 teams and clinics across the globe such as Rollercon, Derbyfest in Australia, Northeast Derby Con in the USA and Euro Derby Con in Europe. Smarty is adored for her passion for roller derby and her natural ability to teach others the concepts of our sport. ​ Smarty has been teaching and coaching athletes for over fifteen years. She believes that most athletes have untapped potential in the sport that they play, but sometimes it goes unrealized due to certain elements, including the athlete’s experience with their coach or on their team. ​ Smarty especially enjoys helping coaches unlock their inner teacher so that they can help the athletes that they work with realize their potential.

    Smarty is currently finishing a book on coaching, which is expected to be published in the Spring of 2017 (fingers crossed! Books take a long time to write!)”

    Meet Master Blaster

    With going on 9 years of roller derby training experience, Master Blaster has played for two Division 2 cycles with Bear City Roller Derby, the 2014 World Cup Tournament in Dallas with Team Germany and the 2016 season with London Roller Girls, London Brawling.

    She specialises in digging out the root of what makes a technique or strategy effective and emphasises building on basics, to really internalize and understand high level play. This also means adjusting drills to your body type and skating style. Learn new skills and (more importantly) new approaches to playing the game with individual solutions for each skater.

     

    Meet Stickler

    Coaching our ref session for the weekend will be “Stickler” Hudson.

    He started his roller derby career in 2011. In that time he has been a ref for Steel City Roller Derby, as well as an independent WFTDA ref for many teams in Pennsylvania and Ohio. In 2012, he was one of the original members of the Pittsburgh Derby Brats were he was a senior skating official, senior coach and president of the league. In 2014, he was a founding member of the Pittsburgh Blue Streaks Men’s Roller Derby. .

    He is now an independent skating official in the UK. Stickler’s philosophy is that officials are facilitators of a game’s success, that every zebra is equal on the track, and that every call needs to be made with equal parts expertise, experience and humility.

    Meet Cupid Stunt

    Cupid first donned the grey in 2013 and committed to it full time in early 2014. A little known fact is that his original plan was to be a skating official, however lingering injuries coupled with a fall and a car crash soon put paid to these plans and the Non-Skating life become the one.

    A member and former Head NSO of Nottingham Roller Derby, and two time Divisional Head NSO for British Championships, Cupid is an MRDA Recognised Official and an Independent UKRDA Official member.

    Cupid has officiated over 200 open games so far, ranging from cherry poppers and short format tournaments all the way to the Mens Roller Derby World Cup Final in 2016.

    Normally operating on game days as either a Jam Timer or Penalty Box Manager, Cupid feels the most important thing about game day is to spread calm and appear confident.

    Meet Snoogins

    I found roller derby in July 2011 and started announcing in May 2012. In nearly five years on the mic, I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in three world cups, two men’s European championships, smaller tournaments of varying levels and hundreds of single, double and triple header game days! I’ve worked with some of the best announcers in the world, across four different countries. I’ve picked up a few tricks along the way!

    I’m excited to share some of my knowledge with folks and hopefully encourage some more people to pick up a mic! With the roller derby community getting bigger in the UK and Europe, now is the perfect time to jump on board the commentary bandwagon.

    Meet Furrocious

    Furrrocious excels at giving personal feedback to individual skaters and on group level. She breaks down skills and strategies so even the beginner skater will understand, while presenting the most current material.

    Entering her 8th year with the Amsterdam Roller Derby, Furrr has been involved in all aspects of the game. Heavily involved with the training and coaching inside and outside her league with different teams and bootcamps, she’s also coached Amsterdam’s B-team for 4 years. A coach and line up manager for the Dutch National Men’s Team, Furr was a captain for Team Netherlands at the women’s Roller Derby World Cup in Dallas 2014.

    Meet Dr Victoria Warburton

    Dr Victoria Warburton is a Lecturer in Psychology of Physical Education and Sport at the University of East Anglia and a Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society.

  • Accommodation is available to attendees on campus at the Broadview Lodge Bed and Breakfast on Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday nights. Rooms are all double occupancy for £60 per night (or single for £50). We suggest buddying up with another ticket holder to share the costs. When you register for classes, you will be asked if you would like us to share your email address with other attendees looking to share rooms. If you would like to book accommodation, please contact Broadview Lodge directly by calling 01603 591918 or emailing broadviewlodge@uea.ac.uk. Please quote the Norfolk Roller Derby group booking – reference Kx48403.

    More information about Broadview here

    Norwich also has a wide variety of hotels, bed and breakfasts, cottages and other accommodation to suit all needs and all tastes. The University is on multiple direct bus routes from the city and there are a number of hotels and B&Bs close to the University. For more information about accommodation in Norwich please go to http://www.visitnorwich.co.uk/stay/ or https://www.airbnb.co.uk/s/Norwich–UK/homes