The perception of whether or not your coaches assess consistently or have bias can be as important as whether they do or not. Perfectly lovely and logical skaters get twitchy and think that so and so only failed them on their [insert x] because they don't like them/ didn't see/ is a harder assessor than the other ones...Read More
One of the key things I want to see change in derby is to get skaters playing derby sooner, but safer.Read More
Minimum Skills are Derby Skills… it’s just we just don’t always seem to teach them that way.
So how do we move from the back-to-back skill-after-skill approach to training the game at the same time?Read More
Are there times when you ask your players to scale back their play to facilitate the drill? How often do you tell your jammers to “play dumb” or “go at 50%”?
Don’t do that.Read More
We want to be conscious of our position of privilege and acknowledge that others need an opportunity to be in the center. We need to do more than just prop a door open. Sometimes we need to leave the room. Or at least sit back against the wall and leave a clear the path to the buffet. This is where we are in European roller derby. This is where the thinking has got to but there’s a whole lot of “what does that look like?”Read More