a stopwatch, a whistle and a smile
Last night, I coached my first official roller derby practice.
No, I’m not giving up my role as a skater – I like hitting people way too much to give up now. 😉 Instead, our league is trying out a coaching by committee concept. And I really love it! About a half-dozen of us are alternating running practices. It’s teaching us to respond and react to different types of direction, as well as highlighting the different skill sets of the committee coaches.
Me? I’m not a hardass. I love strenuous workouts, but I don’t love yelling. I’m a firm believer in the ‘catching more peas flies (thanks, Jason) with honey than you do with vinegar’ mantra. So my first practice last night focused on drills that had an element of humor to them. On a blustery, cold, rainy, no-one-really-wanted-to-be-there night, I think it worked out pretty well.
Our last activity of the evening (before core and stretching) was Queen of the Rink. Each skater for themselves. Knock a skater out of bounds or on the ground, and they’re out. (legal hits only, of course. ) Last person standing wins. I was feeling SO good about myself, having weathered a couple of awesome hits – and then a can-opener type jab to my chest completely laid me out.
Note to self: when you feel yourself getting cocky, BEND YOUR KNEES. 😉 Because at that point, someone’s gunning for you.