I belive coaches are instructors, leaders and mentors. I want coaches to try to introduce a new way for skaters to learn about roller derby with the underlying motivating factor for success coming from skater initiation…. which is only possible if there is an environment that allows them to step it up.
Coaches will probably know early on who will not push themselves to make it through, but I like to let that thought go and hopefully they will surprise everyone. There is nothing preventing a skater from public competition or gaining strength other than the skater themselves. Every skater should be given the tools to let go of self doubt and gain self confidence; again, it is their choice to take the tools that are offered or not.
A COACH MUST BE ABLE TO:
Teach Basics, Basics Basics, Basics, Instruction, Instruction, and more Instruction.
Demonstrate each and every skill that is expected of the athletes
Have the ability to stay calm during games, bad ref calls, and poor choices made by athletes
Have the capacity to instill self-accountability by the skaters
Lead by example
Understand the counter-effective results of a negative or despotic coaching style.
Understand that a team is only as good as it’s weakest skater
Develop a winning mindset, and pass that attitude on to the skaters.
Perform with self confidence.
Overcome obstacles and adversity, as well as help ALL skaters learn to do the same.
Gain control of negative emotions and thoughts and share that concept with all skaters.
Make decisions on escalated issues, with particular focus on clear communication.