Sharks never ever stop swimming; if they do, they don't get the oxygen they need from the water. I'm a shark skater. I go to extra training when I can, visit other league practices, volunteer to go to newbie practices, study reffing...anything to improve my skating! Shark skaters watch endless footage, and talk way too much derby. Is there an opportunity for cross-training out there? If so, I'll be there with bells on, if that's what I need to wear. Sharks are often very hard on themselves and fear that if they don't keep learning, keep honing their skills, then they will lose ground. Shark skaters are probably super annoying to other classifications of skaters; I've been told by a couple of people that my schedule would overwhelm them. To be fair, it hard to stay in the shark mode your entire derby career; even the best of us needs to power down from shark mode for a while and try the dolphin life at times.
|Hey, you guys having an open practice I can crash? Image found here|
Some skaters love playing the game, but don't have the same kind of singular devotion a shark has. These skaters are dolphins; they play hard, but they only stick around to play derby when it's fun for them. If someone sends them footage to watch, they MIGHT get around to it, but only if they have the time. Extra training sessions? Maybe, if they don't have something else to do that day. Is it close by? If it's close by, they'll probably be there....maybe. Dolphin skaters don't want derby to be more than a dangerous hobby, and that's ok. The derby habitat has plenty of room for sharks and dolphins to coexist. I believe most derby players tend to change from dolphins to sharks and back again over their careers. You give what you can to this sport and real life always should come first.
How many of you have swum in the ocean, only to get out because the water was infested with jellyfish? Go home jellyfish, nobody likes you. Jellyfish just sort of float around on the track and only digest what happens to accidentally float into their orifices? Do jellyfish have orifices? Jellyfish do nothing to get better in derby; they don't embrace new strategies, or bother to learn them. Sometimes they show up for practices, if the tide brings them that way, but for the most part, they just ruin everyone's day by just flopping around on the track. It's time to EVOLVE, jellyfish and turn into something interesting that gives back to your team and league. For the life of me, I will never understand why anyone joins derby to just sort of skate in circles, but to each her own. If you're reading this, please don't be a jellyfish! Spines are a good thing!