Posts in 2018

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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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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