However many years of watching skaters battle their own bodies and brains, you start to figure it out, even if you can't articulate it. But I find that when I listen closely, Missy systematically removes impasses to achievement that I never even realised existed.
I really wanted to be able to support those absolute, gripping the wall, refusing to fully stand up beginners. And while it might seem simple to those of you who have done it, when first confronted with someone clutching at me in terror because her skate moved, I froze.
For other beginner-impaired coaches, here’s what you do.
Two days, 14 coaches, one freezing gym hall later, I almost have my Level 2 BRSF Generic Skate Coach qualification. I say “almost”, because part of the process is a 39 hour online course about how to safeguard children and vulnerable adults which I have only just embarked upon.
I went in a bit uncertain of the potential value, but hopeful that I would pick up some info to fill the gaps in my coaching brain. And I promised to share my learning. The learning starts here!
I am beyond excited that this weekend I am actually finally really and truly attending a coaching qualification course for skating. After more than six years of coaching derby I’m finally getting some guidance on how to do it! Everything till now has been following, shadowing, trying, experimenting… annnnnd, I think I’ve just about sussed it.