Roller Derby Advanced Practices
Should be about:
And SKILLS TRAINING
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.