There is one fact that I've noticed after five years of playing derby, being around derby peeps and watching a lot of people play. Approximately 90% of people who play derby cannot focus on derby and talk at the same time. Yes, my findings are not scientific at all, but I'm telling you that people who talk crap are not focused on their game. They can't. It's like that old saying "He's so dumb he can't walk straight and chew gum at the same time." People aren't dumb, but derby takes a hell of a lot of concentration, and most people can't communicate and concentrate at the same time. So, if you're on the track and the opposing blocker is just running her mouth at you, just smile and keep on doing what you're doing. Her mouth is keeping her focused on you, and not your jammer. That's a win win situation for any blocker. Keep talking shit at me while my jammer gets your point, please and thank you!
|This is how I see squawkers. Image found here.|
So how do you muzzle a track squawker? First of all, make sure she's squawking, and not actually giving you good feedback. If she's really a squawker, you as a single player in your league don't have much power over her track talk, but you can control how you respond to it. Don't respond. Keep doing your job. Don't acknowledge it, especially to her. Use it as practice for a game where you're going to have to deal with an opposing team who is mouthy on the track. If the bitching and moaning was unbearable, take it to your captain or coach, quietly. Let the chain of command handle it, because if you get butthurt and react to the squawker, you're just a part of the problem. Nobody wants that, except for the squawker!
Look, some people lose their mental crap on the track once in a while; it happens. Be kind, it might happen to you too at some point. Just don't let it become a habit!