In this clip we’ll learn how to do crossovers.
Crossovers in roller derby are very important. This is what gets you all of the speed that
you need on the corners. In order to do a proper crossover on the corner, you’re going
to actually cross your skate in front of the other, push off with your hind foot and then
cross again. I’ll demonstrate, but in order to really learn the crossover, there’s a few
things that you’re going to need to practice first. What you need to do is mentally tell
yourself its okay to cross your feet. It’s by doing what’s called a figure eight sticky
skate. Sticky skate is when you’re skating with all eight wheels on the floor. You never
pick up your feet. This is the sticky skate figure eight. You’re going to cross one foot
in front of the other, very slowly, to convince yourself its okay to cross your feet. Once you’ve got that down, then you can start
picking up one foot and putting it in front of the other. I’ll demonstrate now the crossover.
When you are able to do crossovers that will get your speed around the corner. When you
get really good at it, you can start doing what’s called a running crossover. I’ll demonstrate
that for you.
All of the crossovers are very important in the game, especially if you’re playing the
Jammer position. The Jammer has to be really fast and she has to catch up with the pack.
So, learn those crossovers.