How to Play Roller Derby : How to Stop in Roller Derby Skates

How to Play Roller Derby : How to Stop in Roller Derby Skates


In this clip, we’re going to talk about how
to stop. Once you start roller skating, it’s so much fun to get going, but then you realize
pretty quickly you need to learn how to stop. The first way I’m going to teach you how to
stop is what’s called a “T” stop. “T” stop is an artistic dance skate move, but it’s
very effective in derby too. Watch as I show you the “T” stop. The “T” stop is going to
be taking one foot behind the other in a “T” position and dragging the foot. You want to
drag with all four wheels on the floor. You don’t want to use this stop too often because
it will eventually wear down your wheels and you’ll get a little flat spot. This is what
it looks like in action. The next stop I’m going to show you is called the snow plow.
If you’ve ever skied, you’ve done this on skis. Basically you’re going to move forward,
you’re going to bring your feet together and come to a stop by making a “V” with your feet.
This requires a lot of thigh muscle movement, so work on those thighs. Make sure you can
bring those feet in and you don’t want to put the emphasis on your knees because that
could hurt your knees. Let me show you one more time the snow plow. The next stop I’m
going to show you is a bit of an advanced move. This is called the tomahawk stop. Tomahawks
are a little difficult to execute and I would recommend that you start off with the “T”
stop or the snow plow. You will start off skating forward, you will turn yourself backward
and then you’ll go up on both of your toe stops. And that’s how you’ll stop. Let me
demonstrate.

67 thoughts on “How to Play Roller Derby : How to Stop in Roller Derby Skates

  1. The pads are standard roller derby pads, they are required in the WFTDA handbook. They are used for intentional falling.

  2. The snowplow is the most effective roller derby stop because it is much harder to know someone over when they are in a snow plow. With the T-stop all of your weight is on one foot and your center of gravity is higher. It is more useful than the tomahawk because you can slow down in front of someone when you are blocking and it is hard for them to get around you.

  3. @slings4u Those point are more relevant to bank track roller derby. Skaters are moving at WAY slower speeds on flat tracks.

  4. @slings4u Yeah, helpful points for sure, but what I was saying is that bank track is often faster than flat track. There are times – like at slower speeds – when what she demonstrated was spot on. I agree with you that at faster speeds a different demonstration and execution would be appropriate. Yes, these points in the video are spot on for a flat track player.

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  6. This was the last usefull video in the series, but this is really well done, I appreciate the time you took to make this and post it, the way you describe the movements is helpful. =)

  7. @hezbag0311 i'm not being rude i was just pointing out that you were talking rubish, the reason you probably can't do a powerslide is because you are skating the wrong wheels, if the are too grippy they are no good for derby as you use too much energy to push so they slow you down. saying derby wheels are too grippy is a newbie comment, i have at least 6 sets of wheels for all the different surfaces i bout on, they range from rock hard but really slippy to stick like shit to a blanket

  8. As a fresh meat Derby Skater, I wanted to thank you soo much for your videos! They are soo helpful! Your explanations are wonderful and very much appreciated!! Keep em coming!

  9. Lol my first roller skates were like that and I used to stop the tomahawk way the other way round and hit the floor lol

  10. genial video!! no ovidar usar protecciones!! yo me quise hacer lacanchera y estuve con una peloa en la muñequa toda na semana!!

  11. You mean your not supposed to stop by rolling into the wall? (Yes, I'm joking.)
    Am I the only one that has a hard time doing a t-stop with my right foot dragging? I started derby training two weeks ago and one of the instructors mentioned most people have a hard time using their left like I do. (I'm left handed.. maybe that's got something to do with it?)

  12. @ScaperSteph I used to be a derby skater and am a trainer. Tstops are actually easy if you're taught two basic things which the girl in the video didn't mention. First, put all your weight on your back leg, whichever it's going to be. I do it with my left. Think of it as if your pushing your weight down onto the track. Second, sit. Think of what you do when you go to dsit in a chair and do it. Not all the way, just a bit. That helps with stabilizing you so you don't fall forward.. continued.

  13. @ScaperSteph I've watched girl's games and they skate alot slower then we did in derby so stops are easier. The faster you go the more you bear down on the back leg. It get's real easy after awhile. As for the tomahawk, we never did it, mainly because we never has toe stops on our skates. So we did something similar..a hockey stop, just like you see them do in hockey games. That's alot harder to learn and if you're skating on flat track rather then banked I would bother learning it.

  14. it is actually derbynewsnetwork the one above is missing the "s" and will take you to the new york times.

  15. When it started, as far as I know. Or well. It isn't. There are some merby (what roller derby for the guys is called) teams, but derby is dominated by women – though there seem to be quite a bunch of male nso's and trainers. But it never was exclusively women, per se, as far as I know. Does that help?

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