Coaching Roller Derby

I’ve been working on a coaching manual so I could delegate some of my coaching ideas. I’m going to share it piece by piece..

The Hot Flash Philosophy of what Roller Derby should look like

My goal is to provide the best experience for each skater possible, with the definition of what that means from the skaters perspective; i.e. Have them identify their goals so they can achieve what they want from practices.

The League Coach assistants should always be certain that what they are telling a skater is valid and true. They should communicate a positive attitude about the sport overall and about all leagues regardless of affiliation when providing a practice to skaters.

The coaching staff should always be non-judgmental with focused attention toward skaters and should exhibit patience with a wide range of skater personalities; they should have empathy for the various mind sets (self-judgment) their skaters may hold about their skating abilities and should be mindful that their function is to provide positive and disciplined attitudes for their league and for the sport of derby overall.

The coaching staff should do what is necessary to achieve a strengthening – bonding experience for their skaters; this may mean problem solving with a skater, or addressing personality conflicts within the league, and introducing a team covenant that as a group they can work towards achieving.

The coach should be prepared to teach the skater how to ask for help or offer help whenever possible knowing that the skaters are not always ready or capable. The coach should be aware that confidence or social skills may not always be sufficiently high to move past the rookie level, and mentorship should be expected from skaters if their skills are advanced. The coach should know that not all skaters will be able to accept help and will NEVER move beyond being rookie skaters, but should also NEVER decide that without giving someone an opportunity to change. Coaches should not put people in slots or play favorites.

The coach should be consistent and respectful and genuinely care about their skaters.


About thehotflashseattle

I'm a person who found derby at JUST the right time in my life to give me hope, make me stronger and experience something that had been waiting for me all these years! My mightiest goal is to mainstream the sport of roller derby. My selfish goal is to help other people find ways to skate,connect and inspire each other to get back on track when they begin to slip off and help them up when they fall. Doing this helps me believe that there are others ready to do the same for me. In 2012 I had four surgeries, two of which were mastectomies and now at 57 I'm cancer free and back on track. Three years ago on this profile I claimed not to be a "great" coach but wanted to share what I knew. I am revising that statement at this time because I have figured out that I'm a survivor, a warrior and a damn good coach! I am the founder of OneWorld Roller Derby in the Greater Seattle area. We are sharing our resources to help other leagues form and we're creating a circuit that is coming together utilizing USA Roller Sports as a common link. We are bring roller derby to schools, colleges, parks departments and community centers across the US. Helping each other through the pack is what makes life work for me. In the world we get knocked down, get back up, reset and help each other through the pack. We look ahead for the holes to jump through. We gain momentum to find the endurance we need to be able to make it around the track one more time even when we don't think we can. Derby = life = Derby; It's all the same game to me.
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One Response to Coaching Roller Derby

  1. mindy craig says:

    thank you!

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