1. The Flip the Switch Skater. I think that most leagues have one of these. This is a skater who is trying super hard to be positive about everything in derby, because she has a temper. If things don't go her way, she throws the switch and goes from being over positive to skating off the track and possibly throwing her helmet down in frustration. First of all, you're damaging your helmet by throwing it on the floor, so just stop that right now. Secondly, you have to knock off the hissy fits. You are part of a team; you're not a diva. People get just as frustrated with you, and yet they don't throw their helmets or go stomping off of the track. Grow up.
|How about you flip that switch to "chill the eff out."|
2. The Doom and Gloom Skater, AKA the Sulker. Some skaters can really screw up a practice by sulking after either not doing well in a drill, or not getting their way on the track or during practice in general. All of us have had a crappy moment at practice where we've removed ourselves from scrimmage or a drill to get our heads back in the game, but this skater tends to upset the emotional balance of the entire league by doing it. She's doing it to make a point. She wants people to notice she's upset and to either be uncomfortable, or go over and try to coax her back on the track. Please don't be this way at practice! If you need a moment, take it and regroup, don't make a federal case out of it!
|"Go home cloud! You're bumming us all out!" (An awesome quote I stole.)|
|It may not be what you're saying, but how many times you said it, and the tone...and....well, just think about it.|
4. The Chronic Denier. Now I know most of us have been this skater; we get called on a penalty and we immediately say "No I didn't." It's ok, we all have a bit of the Denier in us, but a chronic denier gets pretty old pretty fast; she NEVER thinks she's committed a penalty, even if every ref at practice or in a game says she did. The Chronic Denier has a core belief that she couldn't possibly be cutting the track that much, and that the rest of us are completely wrong. I always want to ask the Chronic Denier what the color of the sky is in her world, because she's obviously living in another reality.
|Uh, yeah you did.|
5. The Maverick. The Maverick is a really skilled skater who just won't play by the same philosophy that the rest of the team is following. She is such a great skater, that people have allowed her to do her own thing, but she never wants to follow the team strategy, tends not to work in a wall well, or takes over any drill and does what she wants instead of what the objective of the drill is. If you are a maverick, reign it in! You're a part of team, they don't follow your lead, you WORK with them.
|Pew pew indeed.|
So there you are. Did you see yourself on this list? I hope not! If so, clean your act up and get with the program! If you see you teammates on there, maybe send them this link and hope they get the clue!