I’m going to be attending a whole bunch of conferences, camps and seminars this summer. Each time I attend a new event, I’m going to break down what I learned here on the blog.
To start things off, I spent this past weekend in an arena with a bunch of hot, sweaty ladies at Atom Skate Academy. It was hosted by the GTA Rollergirls and coached by Hockey Honey and Joy Collision of AZRD, and Scald Eagle of the Rose City Rollers. There were skaters there from all over, from Moncton to Ann Arbor, and it was great to see newer leagues and newer skaters getting access to this kind of coaching. The coaches did a good job of balancing the instruction for varied skill levels and adapted well to the last minute coaching changes they ran into.
Ten things I learned at Atom Skate Academy:
As a jammer coming up to the pack when checking your speed, don’t tomahawk. Plow or hockey stop so that you can keep your eyes on the pack at all times. – Scald Eagle
What looks right flies right – perfect technique looks pretty and gets results. – Hockey Honey
A team won’t work if you don’t have the right personnel, even a team full of superstars will fail if everyone isn’t on board. – Joy Collision
When coming up the inside or outside line, balance on the foot that’s riding the line. That way if you’re hit, you have a better chance of either staying in or re-entering without cutting. – Scald Eagle
The cutting minor (as a jammer) is never worth it. – Scald Eagle
Shared Biological Events (eating, sleeping, travel) are key when it comes to team-building. – Joy Collision
You cannot actively play offence and defence simultaneously – come up with a strategy that covers both bases instead and you will have way more success. – Joy Collision
One punch offence on a power jam – if jammer is struggling, try one thing one time to help her. Don’t let the other team trick you into a race. – Joy Collision
Commit fully to your jukes, spring load and explode each time. – Scald Eagle
Be brilliant at the basics – that’s what translates as high-level strategy. Really, it’s just being better at core skills than everyone else. – Joy Collision