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1/17/12 1:23 P

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I'm just getting back to skating after 18 months off. (1 yr was constant pain from a broken tailbone, the rest was lack of confience).

I'm lucky that our league has a great 'newbies' programme that takes girls from their first time on skates in some cases, right through to WFTDA minimum skills assessments over the period of the 4-month course. I've decided to start there and build up my confidence again (and also break in new skates, which were my reward/motivation for going back). On my first night back, last week, I was doing the knee fall drills with all the new girls and pretty much just going with the flow of things but when I got a clear track (water break) I had a wee fly round on my own at speed. If it wasn't for the fact that i was wearing my league shirt with my name on it, they must have wondered what the heck was going on that one minute I'm 'learning' knee falls and the next I'm a speed queen! :D It was pretty funny.

I feel pretty positive about getting back on skates, and it really is amazing how it all comes back to you after a few turns around the track.

I would say to anyone considering it, go back and take it at whatever pace you need to. If that means spending some time with 'fresh meat' then do that. With your fledgling league, I'd say you're ideally situated to get your skate confidence back, but you WILL need to be careful not to volunteer to help with too much of the organisation as for now you really should just concentrate on your own skating skills and confidence. I know that sounds selfish but once you're up to previous levels, you'll feel so much more able to help out, and then they'll get 100% from you.

I wish you luck.

Kx

(As for the attitude from the 'belt buckle' I would have a quiet word with the founder and ask her to deal with it. If they haven't got a code of conduct, they need to get on that sharpish! Maybe you could help by asking your old league for a copy of theirs to form the basis?)


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1/11/12 11:48 A

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So much for keeping my distance and letting the founder lead. Haha.

I was fed up with the lack of direction, so I led a pace line (super slow, because most were beginners, and it was open skate, so still a lot of kids). It worked for a while, but some of the girls may not be cut out for this. There was one in particular who had a seriously bad attitude (and a confederate flag belt buckle) who refused to join the pace line, and of course made her friend sit out of it with her. I had to remind myself I wasn't leading it, because I really wanted to tell her to get her butt in the pace line or get lost and don't come back.

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1/10/12 9:33 A

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I'm not too worried about my knee anymore. I haven't had any pain in a long time.

Funny you should say that -- when I did try to go back, I went to a scrimmage practice and I really WAS petrified when the jam whistle blew.

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1/9/12 8:54 A

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I have been watching this thread but no one has replied. I don't have any tips about returning after a long hiatus. I just wanted to pop in and encourage you to give it a whirl!

You have to put worries of injury aside, you know that. That is just how you function in derby because if you spent any time thinking about how badly you could be injured...well, you'd never move when the jam whistle blew. LOL

I know how all encompassing derby can be and that'd be my only concern joining up with a fledgling league. They don't have a well-oiled machine going. They are going to need people to do things and with you having a solid derby background, they are likely to look to you a lot for direction. You would have to set clear boundaries that you are only willing to meet their minimum service requirements.

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1/2/12 12:20 P

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Hey guys! I skated for four seasons in Chicago, and had to retire due to a knee injury I just couldn't come back from (I'm still paying for the physical therapy that didn't help). That was about three years ago. I moved out to the burbs in NW Indiana for work, and there's a new league just starting up out here. It's in the very early stages -- there hasn't even been a skating session yet.

I'm really torn on it, because I miss derby every day, but I don't want to get injured again, and I don't want derby to become my life again like it was before (and when derby is your life, and you suddenly can't do it, it's BRUTAL). My knee is fine now, but...you know.

I went out to a rink on Friday to skate and the first few laps were weird, and then it all came back and felt natural again. I think I'm going to have to do it.

Has anyone gone back to derby after a long hiatus? Do you have any tips?

Edited by: MAIM138 at: 1/2/2012 (12:21)
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