I will be leading a few classes at Rollercon this year. Below is the schedule and descriptions. I hope to see you there!
Spit It Out! Finding Your Voice Mid-Jam (All/No Contact)
July 27th 12:00pm – 2:00pm
We’ve all had the experience of trying to communicate during a jam with inaudible or unintelligible results. This class will teach you to communicate clearly and calmly, like that pivot you always want in your pack. Special focus on jammer to pack / pack to jammer communication, reeling in teammates who are far away form you, and using the two-way street that pack communication should be.
Tackling Problem Skills Using Deliberate Practice (All Levels – No Contact)
July 23rd 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Every skater has that one skill that is the bane of their Minimum Skills Test. This class will help you tackle some of the common “problem skills” using the method of deliberate practice. You will learn how to break any skill down and practice each step so that you can re-learn the skill from the ground up, reinforce it with a specific practice routine, and end up with the skill as your strong suit! We will be using transitions, mohawks, T-Stops, Snow Plows and hip checks as our example skills. This is a great class for skaters needing to reinforce their minimum skills, or coaches who would like ideas on how to break down fundamental skills.
Overcoming Plateaus: Making Derby Work When You’re Not a Natural (Seminar)
July 24th 11:00am – 12:30pm
July 27th 3:00pm – 4:00pm
When struggling with certain aspects of training for roller derby, be it physical prowess, skate skills or mental game, we are often told to “just keep skating” and it will all eventually click. Sometimes that advice just isn’t enough, and we need more specific direction on how to make the most of our practices. This seminar will offer specific tips and strategies on how to take fuller responsibility for your own training and progress, so you reach your full potential sooner rather than later.
I am adding some new content to this one, which I will be posting on the blog after Rollercon.
Building Your Team from the Ground Up (Seminar)
July 26th 10:30am – 12:30pm
It’s one thing to have a group of skaters with great skills who are eager to bout, it’s another to have a TEAM that works as a complete, cohesive unit on and off the track. This seminar will talk about the ingredients to a fully functional team, and provide starting points for new teams to build chemistry, trust and coordination among a group containing various skill sets, personality and learning types. Special focus on how to keep momentum after the honeymoon period.