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Old June 17th, 2010, 04:53 AM   #1
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Default Refs..whats your best 10 lap time?

So WFTDA require people (this is just one item) that want to be a WFTDA certified ref to skate 10 laps in 1:35 or less.. whats your best time.. or others that you.. I was proud that I was able to do it in 1:29.. not too bad for a washed up speed skater turned derby coach/potential ref.. i think that i can beat that by a few seconds.. but im still happy.. for now...
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Old June 17th, 2010, 06:56 AM   #2
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So WFTDA require people (this is just one item) that want to be a WFTDA certified ref to skate 10 laps in 1:35 or less.. whats your best time.. or others that you.. I was proud that I was able to do it in 1:29.. not too bad for a washed up speed skater turned derby coach/potential ref.. i think that i can beat that by a few seconds.. but im still happy.. for now...
My 10-lap time on my original app for certification in November 2008 was 1:30. At that point, I was regularly getting in the mid-1:30s during time trials, but I was still surprised at how well I did; I wouldn't have believed it if I didn't feel like puking for 2 hours after the fact. When I re-applied in March, I was at exactly 1:35, thanks to nursing an injury for most of last season and getting out of shape as a result. And those 5 seconds do make a difference.

While even 1:35 may sound high to some people, the sport has advanced to the point where average skating skills just don't cut it for sanctioned play anymore. High-level bouts often have an average lap time that meets or exceeds the 9.5-second mark, with even faster jammers. If you can't skate at least that fast on command, you will either struggle to keep up or fall behind as a jammer or outside pack ref; even refs with lap times in the mid-1:20s have to skate at full tilt to keep pace when already-fast packs start racing, and sometimes even that is not enough. A few months back, despite having a ridiculous amount of OPR experience in every possible configuration and every level of play, I got my a$$ handed to me when I reffed two top-level bouts that used full-lap OPR rotations. It was really sobering. I have been working on my endurance ever since, because I know that if I don't, I will be obsolete and useless as a referee.
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Old June 17th, 2010, 07:58 AM   #3
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Full laps SUCK! I think I posted 1:35-ish last year about 6 months after I'd been skating. I'd like to see what my time is now, but I'd sure the chain smoking hasn't helped anything :c

OPR is a hard job.
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Old June 17th, 2010, 10:43 AM   #4
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Default I need to get faster

As a newbie I've only tried a handful of times, but so far 1:45 is my best.

Our girls are coming up on assessments right now so we've been doing 25 in 5s almost every practice, but finding clear track with them all out there with me has been aggravating.
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Old June 17th, 2010, 01:13 PM   #5
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I'm not sure what my 10 lap time is. The tests we do right now are 5 laps in a minute, and 25 laps in 5 minutes.

For 5 laps, I do it in about 40-45 seconds (depending on how much traffic there is on the track). For 25 I do it in about 4:30. Those are on quads though. I skated on inlines (and ice skates) for about 30 years, so I'm faster on those. I could do the 25 laps in just over 4 minutes on my inlines, but they are retired unless we start playing hockey again.

I should add, though, that I grew up playing ice hockey and cycling so I may have slightly stronger legs than the average skater...
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Old June 17th, 2010, 05:50 PM   #6
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I did 1:27, but threw it all out in the first 6 laps and had nothing left for the last 4. I would like to go again and save the Rocket-Sauce for the last few laps.
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Old June 17th, 2010, 07:10 PM   #7
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1:41. Athos and I both took the test after a grueling 2 hour practice under the August hot sun so I believe I could have made it had I been fresh. Will have to test out again soon as I begin moving towards certification.
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Old June 17th, 2010, 09:08 PM   #8
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My fastest time is 15:12 with a brief intermission for Cook Out.
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Old June 18th, 2010, 06:49 PM   #9
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Old June 18th, 2010, 08:59 PM   #10
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My only time trial was when I went for try outs. It was my first time skating a derby sized track, and first time on a sport court, as well as my first time skating in over a month after pulling a hammy..
Like some others have said here, I know I can do better and look forward to another shot to improve on the 1:26 I posted~
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Old June 19th, 2010, 01:36 AM   #12
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2008 - 1:12
2009 - 1:12

I'm nothing if not consistent. This year I'm hoping to break the 1:10s.
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Old June 19th, 2010, 04:53 AM   #13
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I'm nothing if not consistent. This year I'm hoping to break the 1:10s.
1:12 or 1:21???

Because based on the thread below the white shamans bettered your speed by 7 seconds last year to 1:21.., So I kinda had 1:20 as my goal;

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Old June 19th, 2010, 03:01 PM   #14
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My best is in the 1:40's... I can get 8 in 1:35 consistently, I'm just not sure where I'm not picking up at.(It could also be the fact I'm 5"10 and about 250 lbs.) Using a Duck Walk racing start I get my initial lap in 7-8 seconds, after that every lap is a consistent 12 second lap.
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Old June 19th, 2010, 03:19 PM   #15
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Don't know about 10 Laps, but the best time I remember, is 37 seconds for 5 laps. Wait is that right? I better check.
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1:12 or 1:21???

Because based on the thread below the white shamans bettered your speed by 7 seconds last year to 1:21.., So I kinda had 1:20 as my goal;



http://www.skatelogforum.com/forums/...ad.php?t=21745

1:12. The 1:21 was comparing my times from Green Shaman to White. I do my assessments on Pink Lips
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Old June 24th, 2010, 08:40 PM   #18
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i want to see kennedys time...zippy bastard
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Old June 24th, 2010, 11:44 PM   #19
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I posted this in it's own thread, but I thought I would replicate it here just so it does not get lost... since it gives us new Refs a good baseline to shoot for in lap times to qualify...

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Since I do this for racing to tell me what my ideal 'goal' time should be given a perfect 'racing line' in a particular section of track I'm having problems with...

~ The ideal four point apex-to-apex measurement around a WFTDA regulation track based on my calculations of the diagram in WFTDA Appendix B is 152 feet a lap.

~ The average maximum time you have to do a lap and pass 10 laps in 1:35 is 9.5 seconds a lap.

~ The minimum speed you need to average while skating 152 feet a lap to achieve 9.5 seconds a lap is no less than 11mph.

That's just the basic math.

If you can carry a stopwatch with you (or have someone time you) and consistently click off laps at or below 9.5 seconds using an apex-to-apex line on a WFTDA regulation sized track (in ideal conditions) you should have no problem doing 10 in 1:35 to qualify.
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i want to see kennedys time...zippy bastard
He mentioned shooting for the 1:00 mark. I'm just green with jealous rage over that.
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