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Coach Hook’er?

15 Jul

I have been playing roller derby for about 15 months. This is my first full season, I am the captain of my home team, the Psycho Ex-Girlfriends and I play on our travel B team, Pulp Friction. I absolutely love it and have worked really hard to do well in it.

Totally being a bad ass….or something

The league’s freshmeat is having a beta bout today. A beta bout is essentially a glorified scrimmage of freshmeat girls that isn’t for rankings but is open to the public. It helps them get used to skating in front of people and gives them a chance to show off. They are a lot of fun and I really enjoyed the experiences when I was in freshmeat. It really helped when had your first game in home teams/travel teams.  One of the teams needed a last minute coach and I was asked if I would be willing to help out. I’m Terrified.

I am totally afraid of not being able to help them as much as a coach should. I believe your coach needs to know your players and know their skill level. I have some idea but I haven’t seen most of these girls skate in weeks and never as a full team. When you skate roller derby at a freshmeat level you can learn entire new skills in a few weeks. I am also not a very authoritative person if I’m in a position I don’t feel comfortable with. I do not feel comfortable coaching. at all. I get super nervous in front of people especially when I  ‘m not 100% sure I know everything they need to know.

I want these girls to do well and love derby as much as I do. I’m going to try to focus on that and hope that it goes well. Wish me luck!



Scarlette Amber