Skater of the Month Coaches Edition

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Smashley - The Chicago Outfit Roller Derby

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Smashley

'The Spaniard'

Destructo

#110%

Featured Coach

Q. How long have you been a member of the Chicago Outfit, and how did you get involved in derby? A. This is my 5th season playing roller derby. I originally saw the Chicago Sirens play and instantly fell in love with the sport. The next day I emailed anyone I could hunt down to find out information. I helped them out for the rest of the season and then joined their practices as soon as I was permitted to. Shortly after the league was disbanded and I had the honor to build The Chicago Outfit.

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Q. What is the most rewarding and most difficult aspects of being a coach? A. I really like seeing skaters' "ah ha" moment. I have done the new recruit coaching/management for the last 3 years, so its really neat to see skaters light up when they get something. Derby is super confusing when you first start and then one day you get a magical "ah ha" moment. I always try to let the new skaters know this and then I randomly get texts with excitement that their moment happened.

Sometimes skaters can become very critical of decisions made. I just always hope that everyone know that each decision made has a lot of thought behind it.

Q. How do you balance being a skater and a coach (and a human)? A. One step at a time. For some reason, I keep adding more and more important responsibilities to my life. I guess this is part of growing up. I just have to remind myself to do things one step at a time so I keep sane.


 

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Travis 'Boneman'

Featured Coach

Q. How long have you been involved with the Outfit, and how did you become involved? A. I have kind of been around since almost the beginning of the Outfit. This my second season primarily bench coaching for the Syndicate, and filling in if needed for the Shade Brigade, and Shakedown. In the inaugural season of 2008, I volunteered to run line-ups at an away bout. I ended up helping run lines a few other times in 2008, and 2009 as needed. 2010 was the first year I got involved on a regular basis by running line-ups all season. The past two years I have taken on more responsibilities in bench coaching, and coaching.

I became interested in roller derby when my longtime lady-friend/future wife Jan(Queefer Sutherland) started playing. Watching her team turned into me watching all the roller derby I had/have time to watch. Eventually I wanted to help since I really enjoy the sport and from there it evolved into me coaching.

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Q. Have you ever coached another sport before? A. Not really, I helped with my younger brothers tee-ball team in '95 but that's the extent of it.

Q. What are the most rewarding and most challenging aspects of being a coach? A. The most challenging aspect, is time. I wish there was more time for practice, and I would like devote more time to the team. It's just the way that it is though. Most everyone involved works full-time, or is in school, or both. So just try to do the as much as you can with the what time you have.

I like winning, but I'm not sure if I would consider it a "reward" for my efforts. The players do all the hard work, so I don't really feel like I win anything. I'm always really happy when we win or at the very least play hard

Q. How have you seen the league change since you first became involved? A. The league hasn't drastically changed since I became involved. There's always small changes in coaching plans. This was my first year on the Coaching Committee so we changed a couple of things, some we liked, others we're thinking of better ways to do them next year.

The biggest change from last year to this year was the amount of skaters that moved away, or retired. Skaters who were around for the past few years, and some of the founding members, that are no longer with us. It was sad to see them go, but that happens in every roller derby organization. The plus side of that is, we have a lot of new girls who are always improving though, so it's exciting to see who is going to step up for next year.

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