Training Tip of the Month

Practice Planning

Planning a practice to satisfy a bunch of perpetually aggressive rollergirls? Piece of cake, right? Try to plan practices based on the goals of your league, the skill level of skaters, and the number and types of practice opportunities. The best practices have inter-related  drills that are progressive and challenging. It’s always good to reiterate the goal of each drill so skaters know what to concentrate on and how to succeed.

Regardless of where you’re going with practice you’ll want to start with a 10-15 minute warm-up. This is a nice simple drill to get everyone’s muscles warmed up – to prevent injury – so it shouldn’t be strenuous. Now stretch all these muscles -oooooooo!! And always cool down and stretch again at the end of your practice, this will help increase your flexibility for the next workout.

Then build your practice around the derby building blocks: Endurance, Footwork, Hitting and Game Play. You might have a practice where you just scrimmage or just do endurance – but most should have a little bit everything. It’s good to figure out your league goals and what drills are gonna get you there. Who are you playing in 6 months and how can you become the beast of their nightmares? A team known for its hits? speed? teamwork? Or more generally, you can focus on a goal or two a month until you master them and then move on to the next skill. But keep incorporating old skills in so you retain your mastery! You beast! With your beast mastery!

Drill of the Month

Pivot Pack Drill – Split your league into 3-4 groups and evenly space them around a big track. Have the groups start skating and keep them equally spaced from each other. Talk to each other, pay attention to other groups, everyone is a pivot! Send 1 or 2 skaters from each group to weave through all the other packs and rejoin their group at the back. The groups should focus on positional blocking not full hits. Remember the goal is to control pack speed and have a good group mentality more than to hold the other players forever. So don’t get so caught up in holding the other skaters that you catch up to the group ahead of you – consider that going 20 feet out during a game and losing control.

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  • May 15th, 2010
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