Diary of a Cadet

Last Saturday I did some drills with the A Team which took me so far out of my comfort zone I may as well have been on a different planet. It brought it home to me just how much work I need do on my skill level to even be considered for the roster for the Bomb Squad.

A lot of my posts under ‘Diary of a Rookie’ focused on passing minimum skills and progressing up to the Cadets, and everything since has focused on how much more I need to learn now I am a Cadet. You can see the theme developing here. We never stop learning.

Often it’s a combination of skills that need to be linked together and then put into place on the track. For example, laterals and hockey stops to the line and digging in. Then, once you’ve linked them all together, it’s a case of being able to produce this skill, in play, at speed.

Rather than being frustrating I’m finding the development of a new skill set good fun and a positive challenge. I have long since stopped competing with others and accept that some will pick it up quicker than me, and on occasions I will pick it up quicker than them. I do need to stop apologising for not being as precise or fast as those I’m working with as it’s how everyone learns and I’m beginning to annoy myself.

Contribution in Roller Derby comes in many forms. One of my strengths is off the track, and is the skill of ‘being organised’ and it means that I have a very full life with the Dames and I appreciate just how much behind the scenes work there is. From organising Bouts to reconciling the bank account, arranging PR, arranging training schedules, there are a lot of Dames putting in a lot of hours off the track. There are also a lot of Officials putting a lot of time in, on the track, our Refs and NSOs and who are an integral part of the league.

So I’d like to say a huge Thank You to the Dames who keep the league running smoothly. I admire you all more than Scald Eagle.




Welcome to the home of the Birmingham Blitz Dames! We're an all-female, full-contact, flat track roller derby team based in Birmingham in the UK. We skate fast and we hit hard! Our league is skater run and owned - and we're proud to work and play as a team, and compete at the highest level. We take women from all backgrounds and train athletes. Whether you've played roller sports all your life or never tried on a pair of skates - if you'd like to join a great team and play a fast-paced, hard-hitting, athletic sport, come and join us! See you on the track!

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