This is totally what I was referring to in my previous reblog. You cannot underestimate reliable team mates! They literally hold walls together and alert the team to what’s going down on the track. Redd is definitely one of the first people I thought of when I read about the Spirit of the Game award. <3
I’m not a flashy player, I don’t make hits that send jammers spinning in to the crowd to the gasps of the audience! You will never see a photo of me hip checking a skater across the track while the audience stare on open mouthed!
That being said, I don’t need constant support on the track. I don’t skate around filling space while wondering what the hell I am doing here and falling on my bottom every two minutes.
I am reliable.
It took me a long time to become comfortable with my position on the track. In training I was one of those skaters that didn’t get praise and didn’t get instruction. I could do all the drills competently and knew the game strategy well. My skating ability didn’t make people cheer but it didn’t mean that the coach needed to stay by my side in fear of me breaking my coxes!
I felt like a jack of all trades and a master of none. I longed to shine, to have people shout my name at a bout. My long term goal became to get voted MVP at a game despite this being completely unattainable.
Then something began to shift….I realised that you can’t underestimate reliable. My players felt like they could rely on me on the track. I would be there to support them. I could be the anchor to that blocker while they lay the smack down on that jammer without worry. I would hold that inside line just opening it long enough to let our jammer through.
Now I coach new skaters coming up this is some thing that regularly gets verbalised to me. Skaters see the stars of our team and long to be them. There is nothing wrong with that and I daily look at the likes of Kid Block and Queen La Queefa and wish I could dominate like them. Aspiring to be better is what makes us grow and progress. But don’t let it be at the detriment to your confidence.
Don’t forget that you are part of a team. You are needed. You wouldn’t be there if you weren’t. Each player is a part of the glue that keeps the whole together. Without one bit, the Derby machine falls apart. We jump, sprint, spin, hit, stop and hop all with 8 wheels on our feet. That alone is something to be proud of. Don’t aspire to be some one else, aspire to be your self but stronger, faster, better and….dare I say it………….Reliable!