Alright. Reset.

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.

Etc. etc.

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.


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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