Coaching #7

If you ask your skaters what they want to work on

They want to work on this:

Pack Work


All of the above are achieved by this:



Before you let anyone move past rookie status Make Sure:

WANT to improve
Can identify exactly why they are skating
Can weave, shift their weight, maintain eye contact with other skaters
Have confidence in their ability to focus on the MENTAL aspect of learning
Skate powerfully, fast, and relaxed
Mirror each other in walls of 4
Think fast
Overcome self doubt
Weave horizontally in unison with another skater
Communicate non verbally and verbally
Skate while looking behind them 95% of the time

Obviously this is easier said than done. How do you focus on skills testing to separate the levels during a busy practice? I will let you know as soon as I figure that one out, but I do believe it is important.

My next advanced practice will include time for some basic skill evaluations. It is really easy to get ahead of ourselves to let people skate, then they get broken or people around them get broken.

It is a tough call to hold skaters back when they believe they have more skill than they really do; not that they aren’t capable but there is a difference between being capable and being ready.


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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2 Responses to Coaching #7

  1. Rebecca says:

    Reality checks are important, which is why we have coaches! But what is great is when you have a positive/critical motivator coach who gives your the reality check without tearing you down. If the skater knows where he or she is, and is encourage with each new positive progression, but pushed to pass what the skater thinks is her or his limits, then you have kismet! I have been lucky enough to get just that with my coaches so far and it has encouraged me to push myself.

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