Posts in Hydra #56

There comes a time when a coach should stop talking.  This time comes more often than you might think.  Probably about 87.2% of training time, the coach shouldn't be talking.

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You might think that rowing and roller derby are pretty different sports.  Actually, no two ways about it, they are different sports.  But there are key principles in common.  These principles are probably common across other sports too, but I’ve not coached those ones, so you get to hear about rowing and roller derby.

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I wasn’t beside her when she fell…. Should I have been? Should I have noticed if the drill was too complicated? Too intense? Not appropriate for her skill level? Was she working with people who were too skilled? Not skilled enough? I refused to coach skating for months after.  

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Not only do they often not have the strength to perform a knee tap in the first place, they’re usually going so slowly that it becomes a static split squat on wheels.  You can’t tap out of a split squat on wheels on your first day of training.  What are you asking these people to do?!

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New skaters, fresh meat, newbies…  all these words are applied to anyone who hasn’t passed Minimum Skills.  What happens when you’re four years down the line and you’ve still not got your 27 in 5?  You’re not a newbie.  You’re an extremely persistent individual who for whatever myriad of reasons hasn’t passed their mins.

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