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.

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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?”

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Let’s take a minute to talk about role definition and training.  

It’s a great idea.  I mean, it’s how other sports do it.  It allows your players to get really strong at the skills they need for a specific role. It allows them to excel as a role.   It gives players focus.  It makes for straightforward lesson planning.  It means you don’t really need a Line Up Manager (in the original sense of the bench role) and you can put analytical and specialised coaches on the bench. 

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