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.