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This month meet our Featured Coach
and Junior NSO
Coach Sensei What!!!
1. What Does Derby Mean to You?
I needed an activity in my life that is both mental and physical, derby fulfills that for me. The team aspect has been a challenge, but if your endeavors aren’t challenging... why bother.
2. How long have you been a Coach, and how long have you been with WCDK/WCJK?
Spectator for about a year. Helper for about two years. Strength and conditioning coach for about three years. Head coach for about three years.
3. Do you remember your first experience with Roller Derby? What was it?
A Skater came to where we were working and invited us to a roller derby bout at Skating Plus. We had no idea Ventura had a team and we knew nothing about the sport. As we watched in wonder, I told my wife “you should totally do this“. And now my wardrobe is full of pink and black.
4. Do you have a Pre-Bout Ritual?
When I’m coaching, I go through “my processes” making sure I have all the things I need in my “Mary Poppins bag“. I look at and go over my lines, then back into my pocket they go. I like to run a calm bench, so if I am calm and prepared so are my players. I make efforts to make sure they all have what they need to play their best.
5. What inspired you to become a Coach?
My background is in martial arts instruction. The coaching aspect of a contact sport, definitely appeals to me. Inspiration is not how I came to coach West Coast. The league was in need of a coach and I was asked if I would step up and fill the position.
6. What do you remember about coaching your first bout?
There is a lot going on at any given moment and it all needs your immediate attention. You have to have five players on the track (simple math right ), so many decisions to make in 30 seconds. Know what’s happening on the track, how is everyone doing and feeling. Skate and gear repair… Oh yeah watch the game. I’m way more exhausted after coaching then playing.
7. Where do you find new and exciting drills/exercises to teach the team?
I get drills and ideas any and everywhere. I take classes at Rollercon that I feel might benefit the league. I get ideas from derby videos, hockey, soccer, football, martial arts, anything that may apply and freshen things up. As I watch the league play and practice it sparks ideas I develop into new drills. Some of which may be geared toward just one person, while being a benefit to the entire group.
8. Where do you see yourself in five years
If you’ve got 1 foot in the past and 1 foot in the future then you’re sh**ing on the present. Gotta live in the now.
9. What is your favorite part of coaching
I truly enjoy when I’m able to make someone better in any aspect of their lives. Coaching definitely gives me the opportunity to do that on many levels.
10. Any closing thought?
This sport we play is too much for most
Some go big while others boast
On eight wheels we battle and sweat
A tenacious lot on that you can bet
Together we’re strong, divided we choke
Skate fast, hit hard we’re no joke
Through broken bones and bruised egos we persevere
We play on through hardship, there’s no quit that’s clear
Our focus is sharp, intentions united
We don’t sweat the small stuff, that’s shortsighted
We take care of each other regardless, just because
We do for our team, that’s what family does
Featured Junior NSO
KillHer Kakes # 9 3/4
1) What does Derby mean to you?
To me derby means a sport with competition but teamwork. There’s no jammer without a pivot and there’s no blocker without another one right by.
2) How long have been NSO, and how long have you been with WCDK/WCJK?
I have been an NSO for about 2 years now, and every bout I help with is splendid thanks to everyone.
3) Do you remember your first experience with Derby, what was it?
I believe my first experience with derby was going to West Coast to watch my sister in the sluggers but I just couldn’t keep my eyes off the players in the scrimmage. I couldn’t figure out how they could be so strong and keep it up for so long, I thought it was amazing.
4) Do you have a pre-bout ritual?
My pre-bout ritual is pretty much talking to Jen and running around working with the other refs.
5) What has inspired you to become an Overlord?
Something that has inspired me to be an Overlord is being able to work with the players and meet more people. I really enjoy meeting new people and helping out.
6) What do you remember about your first bout?
For my first bout I remember being so nervous and anxious. I was scared that I was going to mess up, but I was so ready to be so close to derby.
7) Who’s your favorite NSO/Ref to work with?
My favorite NSO/Ref to work with is probably DeJenerate and Hurt Macklin.
8) Where do you see yourself in five years?
In 5 years I see myself being a skating ref and being a successful senior in high school. Also, hopefully being a little taller.
9) What is your favorite part of NSOing? Why?
My favorite part of NSOing is interacting with the girls and just becoming closer to derby because it’s filled of such amazing, helpful people.
10) Any closing thoughts?
Last thoughts, I just want to say thank you to everyone that has helped me and thank you to anyone that plays derby making me realize nothing is impossible. If you work hard enough for something you can make it, and especially be amazing at it.
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