Awareness

So much of roller derby is about staying hyper-vigilant while on your feet: looking all around to see where your jammer is, where the other jammer is, where the edges of the track are, where the pack is, and where you are in relation to the pack. So much of the skating has to be unconscious, without thinking. Jammer on the outside, move over there now. Gap forming, close it up. It’s not a great activity to do when you’re not feeling well (as a few of our girls noted last night), nor when you have lots of other things on your mind. Without complete attention to everything that’s going on around you, you could get seriously hurt out there.

Last night we did some light pack work — my first, actually — and it was pretty awesome. I love skating, but working together with a common purpose to STOP THAT JAMMER FROM GETTING BY is thrilling. As is knocking your coach out of the track. 🙂

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