Sunday practice was awesome, we worked on a lot of different drills and we even did somewhat of a scrimmage. It was a sticky skate scrimmage, and the jammers had to use sticky skates when they got to the pack, everyone had to be a jammer.....when I heard that, instant anxiety set in. But it wasnt so bad, and somehow I weaseled my way into lead jammer.....must have been a fluke hah. Too bad after I did that I couldnt catch up to the pack worth a crap to score any points, but regardless it made me feel pretty good that I did something I didnt think I could do.
Roller derby is weird like that, when you first start you are convinced you suck (atleast thats how it works with me and a lot of the women Ive spoken to) and you constantly feel like you arent improving...but next thing you know you are picking up your left leg and getting better at crossovers. So here is my advice to anyone who is just starting derby, frustration is good, you are setting goals for yourself, and hopefully pushing yourself to reach those goals. Dont give up, and dont expect to be amazing as soon as you strap those awkward rental skates on!
Ok, enough preaching!!!
Sunday I also found out that the newbies are getting "big sisters of derby" which means someone to ask questions, and someone to generally lookout for us and help us. AWESOME! Mine just so happens to be someone Ive already talked to, so that makes it even cooler.
Last night was another practice, and I really enjoyed it because Grambo First Blood just returned from a mens roller derby conference and was sharing a lot of new ideas with us. Some new hitting and blocking techniques that I cant wait to put into play.....which I think will be easier once we move our practice space today!!! It seemed like he learned a ton of new "tricks" over the weekend, and I am glad he has a good memory because I sure as crap dont. Last night was our last practice at our winter space, today we are moving all of the rental skates, rental pads and whatever else to our new space and getting it all setup for practice tomorrow! First home bout of the season is Saturday, and I cant wait! I am going to be doing some NSO stuff, which until I am shown how, is totally foreign to me.