OK, back to the 95% where I’m back on track and can keep my eye on the prize; mainstreaming roller derby.
I can handle the sensation of feeling like (my phantom) nipple is being pierced. Whatever. It is time to organize, prioritize and dig in.
I’m thinking about our advanced practices and have been thinking up drills which I like to make up. My plan is to launch our first all star team in the fall and I hope to find an OSDA league that will travel here to help us launch our season opener.
I’ve decided to go back to coaching next week even if I’m off skates; I’m ready.
Here is a drill that is good for:
Determining who works well together
Who can base their actions on another person’s actions
Set up a line of four skaters. The person on the LEFT (or inside) is the one that the line watches. This person begins to skate and after a few strides they do a transition. The entire line should transition at the exact time that this person does and they should try to do starts with them to a 2nd transition.
Just prior to the third transition the outside person on the line waterfalls behind the line to be the one on the inside and races to the inside to catch the line and then transition; the line is now watching them.
The good thing about this drill is you can also see who has similar skills and move people around to see who works well together, as I mentioned.
When you have a line / wall that can do this in sync you can add more than four. It is pretty cool when a bunch of advanced skaters can do this with sprinting starts.
Woo hoo! Can’t wait to get back out there.