The HPNC girls junior roller derby league starts training

Members of the Second City Slaughter Jr. Roller Derby team pose for a group photo with their mentors. -Photo courtesy of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club
Members of the Second City Slaughter Jr. Roller Derby team pose for a group photo with their mentors. -Photo courtesy of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club

By Joseph Phillips 
Sports Writer

The Second City Slaughter Jr. Roller Derby team held its first fundamental camp for girls ages 8-18, March 26, at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club.

“This is my first season as an instructor with the Second City Slaughter,” said Ragner Rockner, roller derby instructor for the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, , 5480 S. Kenwood Ave.

“My goal is to instill fundamentals in skaters who are both experienced an inexperienced in the field of roller derby, ” Rockner said.

In session one of the roller derby camp, Rockner provided inexperienced skaters with a simulated obstacle course, that was designed to help the participants overcome fears, anxieties and collisions of a real life roller derby situation.

“We understand that some of these young ladies are skating for the first time,” Rockner said. “It’s our job to put them in the safest situation possible.”

To close out session two and three of the camp, Rockner divided each skater into three groups (level 1, level 2, and level 3). Teaching them the importance of crossing methods , when a skater learns to avoid contact, stopping methods, when a skater learns to stop after a sprint and changing speeds, when a skater changes motions to adapt to the speed of the game. Giving each participant the opportunity to diplay their skills, will and knowledge of what they’ve learned throughout the three-hour session.

“Today was very productive overall,” Rockner said. “I’ve seen some good things out of this group but it’s early and we still have work to do.”

The Second City Slaughter Jr. Roller Derby Team is a proud partner of the Windy City Rollers of the Women’s Professional Roller Derby League. For more information about the Second City Slaughter Jr. Roller Derby team, please email them at derby@hpnclub.org.

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