Roller Derby Coaching #3

Kindness is NOT weakness.
Discipline is not mean.

We want to teach skaters to make decisions in the moment that will allow them to perform under stress and anxiety. Some of the best skaters at practice will fall apart when the spotlight is on them, and often in competition the meek ones jump out to surprise the hell out of everyone, DON’T assume you know how someone will perform under stress. Skaters need to be trained to be able to take the focus off of themselves and aim it at the overall situation. Teaching skaters from the beginning to keep their eyeballs OFF of the floor is a valuable piece of information. Looking around and behind them while moving forward should be drilled into athletes from day ONE.

A student’s learning is influenced by the teacher’s expectations. NEVER LOSE HOPE IN A SKATERS ABILITY TO IMPROVE. if you lose hope in your skater, the odds are unfairly stacked against them being able to realize their potential or gain the experience that they deserve to find. Some skaters will never gain the confidence to become athletes but that is their decision, not yours.


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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