Really real bouts can get pretty intense and practices are just that. I like the middle road. Scrimmages you can have a little fun, push yourself to try out something new, and hit your friends.
|Stitch Rip-Her at the pivot line.|
All photos by the excellent and generous Richard Lowes.
In our practice space we have very little clearance between the edge of a full size track and the boards. For safety reasons, we've marked out a track that is 80% of the official size, giving us a little bit of room on the sides.
What that means is that we have two tracks laid out, one full size and another that is just as wide as a full track but the corners are sharper.
You'd think that we'd be better at not cutting the inside line when it's a whole three feet further in than normal, but it doesn't always work out that way.
|Black lines are the full track, yellow is the 80%.|
|Refs travel in packs too.|
As an inside pack ref, every time a jam ref goes by waving the hand sign for 'not lead jammer' you can get several thwaps across the hips. We're all in very close.
|Skating in bounds minor.|
|Fatal on the jammer line.|
Below is my favorite photo from the night. That's Jester holding back the jammer and everyone else while I'm... I think I'm about to do something. Something brilliant. Yes, let's just go with that.
A big thanks to all the skaters who let the refs have their brief moments on the track. Getting to ref, play a little, and actually knocking Lexi on her ass, it was a great night.