Shake ya ass. High fives and points all around if you are now singing this. But seriously, watch yourself.
I have been a little quiet as of late, the last month has been an absolute blur! In previous posts, I have written about improving as a skater / derby player and how to move forwards. But today I want to focus on looking back.
Watching video footage is incredibly important if you want to improve as an individual and as a league. It can be the most excruciatingly painful yet eye opening hour of your life, it can be full of positives and negatives, but all in all you can gain so much.
Continue reading “Seriously. Watch yourself.”
Roller derby is a very physical game, but it is also a game where strategy and mental strength as both a team and individual is critical. When your body is taking a battering, your mind needs to be a beacon of strength and focus.
Continue reading “Mental Strength in Roller Derby.”
Hello WordPress world, sorry for the radio silence. I have had a lot on my plate the last month or so.
What’s been happening?
Megastoked! I am now a Flame! I moved up to the highest group of training in my league which I am very proud about! I will start going to these sessions next week onwards so I’m ridiculously happy. Definitely nervous but I’ve got to learn to keep up and quick! I will be moving up with two other ladies who are so lovely and have looked after me since the move to the new league!
Sadtimes. I am a derbymaid once more. My friendship and derbymarriage broke down sadly due to circumstances out of my control. After picking up the pieces, I then endured a surprise and unwarranted post derbydivorce event of harsh proportions right before we went into a scrim with another team. Mindscrew.
These two events have given me a lot to think about. I need to improve my mental capabilities. I need to learn to control my emotions better and not let others affect me. Some parts may be vindictive and purposeful but some parts may be accidental. If I had kept my head in the game at scrim I would have skated properly, I wouldn’t have fell so much and my shoulder wouldn’t have been on pain. I also need to man up so to speak and not be scared, I need to be brave and face up.
So a lot of thinking, a lot of picking up pieces and becoming myself again.
Work is good, band is awesome! And derbylife is gradually balancing out so fingers crossed!
Short update 🙂
Post bout brings a mixture of emotions. General relief that it’s over, feeling proud of everyone on both teams, kicking your own mental butt for something you felt was stupid, and general togetherness with your own and the opposing league – after all… We are derby sisters remember!
We all experience a wide range of emotions throughout and post bout. But how do you handle them? You can let them weigh on you or just ignore them and pretend it’s nothing.
But how do you move on and better yourselves for the future? Hard and possibly painfully honest constructive criticism. Be proud of all you achieved that day, but be honest with yourself. Talk about all the things everyone observed from both on and off the track. Any video footage? Watch it all, every painstaking moment and make notes on things that go wrong and things that are good. Go through all these notes with the group and footage along with it. Find it hard to say in front of people? Make anonymous notes and submit them to be read out by a designated person with the footage to help further explain what went wrong, why and how it can be avoided or counteracted in the future. Try not to be too personal, if someone got in your way, don’t make personal comments or digs, just point out pack/jammer awareness.
The road to improvement is a long and difficult one, and you must be brutally honest with yourself and others. You must be constructive. But if you lie to yourself and your league, you are doing more damage than good.
For example, whilst my first jam was a 14-0 for me, I have already noted down any areas for improvement (ideally not have a cold on boutday… it appeared to delay my focus slightly ) but to work harder on my jam line sprint as a basic example. We lost 118 to 173, but for a while in the first half were leading! Carried on skating and scoring points whilst letting my blockers so their thing. Maybe in the future I may be allowed to show my triple threat prowess on track! To the future and improvement!