Game Day Mental Toughness Part 3: Post-Game

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Welcome to Part 3 of the Game Day Mental Toughness series. You can read part 1 here and part 2 here! Everyone knows its important to work on mental toughness before a game but its importance extends beyond the final whistle. This is especially so if you had a bad game or your team lost but also applies to analysing …

Game Day Mental Toughness Part 2: On Game Day

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Welcome to Part 2 of the Game Day Mental Toughness series. This follows on from Part 1 (obvs) where you learnt how ridiculously nervous I used to get before games. So much so I didn’t enjoy them at all. And I really, really wanted to enjoy them! Games are the reason we train so hard, they are the culmination of all …

Game Day Mental Toughness Part 1: Pre-Game

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So you’ve got a game coming up and you’re starting to feel a bit nervous. Maybe a bit more than nervous. Maybe you’ve been vomiting twice a day for the last week. I get it. True story: Early on in my derby career, I would used to get so nervous before games that I would get stomach pains, cry, argue with my …

The Secret Life of a Crossover

No, not those kinds of crossovers!  If you skate with a league lucky enough to have more than one team, you also probably have crossover skaters: Skaters who play for both the A and B team or the home team and the travel team. Being a crossover has its own unique challenges and benefits that you just don’t encounter when …

10 Ways To Deal With Plateaus

We all know the feeling. Even though you’ve been training your butt off you suddenly hit a wall. It feels like your progress has come to a grinding halt. All the while everyone else seems to be improving at a rapid speed and overtaking you. You feel left behind. Frustrated. Maybe even like you’ve actually gotten worse. You might even imagine …

Reading List: Great Books for Mindset

If you’ve been in the roller derby game for a minute, you’ve probably realised (or been told repeatedly) that at least half of what determines success is mental. Mental toughness, mindset, attitude… all of these things basically mean the same – how you think, what you think about and how you deal with things – and they have an absolutely …

Forget Resolutions. Habits Instead!

Around the world it’s slowly ticking over into 2017 and a lot of people will be glad to see the back of 2016. Personally, 2016 has been a bit of a roller coaster. I’ve had some amazing times and some really crap times. I mourned the deaths of musicians I loved. I decided my time had come to leave my …

So You Want To Jam

Jamming. Scary stuff right? Some people rise to the challenge, other people are paralysed by fear. Ok maybe it’s not that bad but some people just think “Yeah, I can jam” and others are a big fat NOPE! What makes the Can Do people think they can and the NOPE’s think the opposite? Here are some handy tips: Jamming is SIMPLE! Jamming is …