Roller Derby Coaching #2

Roller Derby rookie practice is about:

Self Confidence
Self Improvement

Roller Derby Advanced Practices
Should be about:


Coaching success hinges on all coaches having the ability to look at their own coaching behavior, conduct a personal assessment / reality check and be willing to tweak their habits.

We’ve all seen the coaches who thrive on intimidation, and / or use their team to fill a void in their own lives or ego, right? They show up with loud whistles and low self esteem. These coaches abuse their authority, and their athletes will perform and operate out of fear, or feed into an environment of negativity, power plays and bullying. Some potentially great future athletes can be lost if the vibe of the practice is all negative all the time.

On the flip side there is a soft and gentle way that can be coddling, which doesn’t do much to inspire or help athletes step up to find their strength. The middle is a logical place to wind up….. And most importantly: knowing when to lean towards one end of the spectrum or the other is important, so think about it. How do you coach and what is your leadership style? What do you want it to be?

Rookies can’t be expected to behave like advanced skaters and our job is to show them a way to replace self doubt with self confidence over a reasonable amount of time.

Coaches SHOULD be able to demonstrate during the entire practice the fundamental skills that are being taught to the skaters. This means getting ON THE FLOOR to DEMONSTRATE the skills before and during the skills training. If injury prevents a coach from being able to demonstrate, they should have an assistant readily available to offer the visuals.
A coach who has never personally mastered the skills they expect to teach should not be coaching; there are a lot of other fun jobs within a league for these folks.

BASICS aka Common Sense
*Do what you say, don’t change up the rules because someone complains.
*No one is above working on the basics, if skaters complain that practice is too easy challenge them to get lower, get wider and push harder. Not only that , red flags should wave when this happens;
*keep things simple
*offer basics and repetition at each and every practice.


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.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s