The one thing that I really came away with from the training camp (other than the obvious awesomeness) was the point that most derby girls really beat themselves up when they don't perform perfectly. Read that again please. Are you one of the derby girls who is a closet perfectionist? When Bonnie asked our group that question, almost everyone had her hand up. Are you shocked? I wasn't. I have been one of the perfectionists who sometimes beat the crap out of myself in my head because I screwed up on the track. I felt like I let myself down, and worse yet, I let my team down.
|I didn't get lead! Life is over!|
It's not been an easy road for me to try and change that kind of self abuse. I would watch video of games I was in and cringe every time I saw myself stupid, passive, or oblivious. Even when someone told me I was being effective, I'd still be thinking "Yeah, but the jammer got around me two seconds later." Do you say things like that to yourself? When you start thinking like that, you tend to not see the good things you are doing on the track, and your game can go downhill fast. You can become paralyzed and hesitant to commit to an action because you're afraid of screwing things up, so you end up doing nothing.
During my rookie year, I was really fighting my nerves and the urge to beat myself up, when I heard one of the girls in the previous jam come off of the floor and say to the other one, "It's ok, next jam will be yours! Jamnesia!" Jamnesia! It felt like a light was glowing over my head, but I'm pretty sure it was just the disco ball at the Skate Ranch. I loved the idea of jamnesia immediately because almost everyone I know has to be reminded that it was just one jam out of the whole game/practice/scrimmage! Figure out what you need to change, and do better in the next jam! Forget the self-abusive thinking and move on!
|I wish I could give someone credit for this, but I really can't remember who said it first at our practice.|
Think about it, you're in a group of five women who are all on wheels. People will fall, get distracted, make bad decisions and foolish hits. Nobody is perfect, and what right do you have for demanding perfection from yourself? Stop being your biggest critic! Repeat after me, "Jamnesia! I will move on and refocus on my game!" I know the phrase "Push through it!" is bantered about a lot in derby, but we all have to push through our self doubts and let ourselves have permission to be successful on the track!