Wednesday, June 27, 2012
REALLY REALLY didn't want to go to practice last night. It wasn't my normal practice day and I've been feeling burnt out a bit. But our practice was cancelled and we were asked to go Tuesday to discuss the bout last Sunday. So I forced myself to go. But not before going to my derby wife's house and venting about everything under the sun. She agreed with me and we brainstormed how to make it better.
Then I got to practice. They purposefully made the meeting at the end of practice so we wouldn't just leave right after we met. Told myself I wasn't going to push it during warm ups. And go figure, they keep it at a decent pace and I was able to keep up rather easily (well not easy, just not "omg I'm gonna puke" hard). We do a pack 40 (skate closely as a pack for 40 laps as fast as everyone can while still staying together). I did pretty good with that although a veteran kept trying to put me to the inside (easier) when I wanted to be outside (harder). Then a drill or two that was actually fun. Since our clinic, I've noticed more people trying to be more of a cheerleader. It's nice to have your team mates scream your name when you are trying to be the jammer in a drill. Finally it's meeting time.
We discussed the bout and I was a little miffed that the coach didn't complain about certain things. Yes, it's good to build the team up but we also have to hear what we did wrong to grow. I also confirmed why I didn't get to play much. The other line had 2 girls that went to the box 5 different times a piece and 1 girl that went 3 times. Since I'm the player that is held back if anyone is in the box from the last jam, I lost a bunch of playing time to them. At least I know it wasn't me! I also had one of my line say that our line played really well when I was out there. We had developed nonverbal communication that didn't go well with the players switching out so much. Made me feel better even though we really need to get the whole team in on that!
Then the big news! Our Coach decided she has too much on her plate (could have told you that!) and is handing the job to our tot coach. So we will have a new Coach! YAY!! Not that I didn't like our Coach, but she is hard to talk to and tends to blow you off quite a bit. Our new Coach is friendly and fun. I know I can tell her how I feel about things and it will be taken into consideration. We are our league's new team (the season that just ended was our first season) with a majority of players that have about a year or less of experience. I think having a Coach that will listen to our concerns will really help the "mood" of our team. Plus most of us grew into derby girls with this skater tot coach so we all have a good attitude toward her and know how she works. I'm beyond thrilled!!
Practice went well. I got good news about the future of our team. We don't have a bout for a couple months so some of the bad might get worked out before then. Less stress, more fun! That's what this is supposed to be all about!
Bonus happy: I just got a call that LO will be able to take swimming lessons starting next week. We have been waiting for a spot to open up in the one class that I can make with my crazy schedule. He'll be thrilled and I'll get Mommy bonus points!