May 30, 2016

Swedish Mens Roller Derby

Photo by Sarah Ekstrand

Photo by Sarah Ekstrand
Wow, it really has been a long time since I wrote here. I just have been so busy, that I have't really had time to write about rollerderby.
School, work and rollerderby has taken up my time, and the usual, having feelings and all that... I guess I am human, whatever that means. Oh, well... back to rollerderby...
This weekend we had the third practice with Team Sweden, the mens version... and they really are coming together nicely. Oh, maybe I forgot to mention that, I am one of the coaches of Team Sweden, the mens team. It is really nice to be just coaching a team, and not be playing at all, even if I sometimes just wanna jump in and play, because I always love to play.

But Friday night I took the train down to Gothenburg and Saturday morning started with a photosession, we all know how importatnt it is with taking the headshots... Oh well, I guess it is a little faster with the guys. I don't tink it is because they care less about their apperance, it is rather htat they do't have to fix their makeup... I offered to braid beards and hair... no one took me up on that...

After that we just practices, talked, practices and talked... It was a really good day, te guys take feedback really well, and they also keep on trying new things. But htey did look really exhausted in the end of the day. No wonder, they were inside the venue from 9 am til 5pm... except from when we let them out for the group photo. I am really excited to go to Calgary with them this summer to see what we can do! And I also get to see a bunch of my friends from allover the world again.... I am still thinking about a good outfit... for the bench... I might be a little wilder than the other coach... she did not seem psyked about wearing Bikinis and representing the Swedish bikini team... actuelly I never brought that up, I thought it might just be too much... actually too cold... I didnt even like the idea myself...

And on Sunday htey went up to play a mixed team called the Nutcrackers... and they WON big time! I am really proud of them. I couldn't be there because I had to go back to Stockholm on Saturday night and run leauge practice for Stockholm. But In a few weeks I will be going with them to Finaland when they are playing Team Finland in Helsinki. There are promises (or threats) about saunas... I am excited about it.. .as I always am! Well, coaching more than the sauna... and yes, if we happen not win the game,we have to win the sauna... so that is the motivation to win... trying to win sauna against Finns, are like trying to tell a five year old to give their little sister ALL their candy... yikes!

Oh, and the mens team has a pretty epic new logo this year, its a hipster viking. I like it, more than the previous polarbear, since Sweden don't have polarbears... Norway does... we just got hella lot of moose... 

Mar 14, 2016

And the season has began...

Stockholm Allstars is a different team from last season, we had a big turnover of skaters and were facing the problem many teams has, a rebuilding year.
So we started our rebuilding already in January, and ideal would have been if we did not have to play any risky teams until May, when our team should have been settled a little more. But you cannot always get what you ask for, that be too much to ask for. So in the end of February we had two SFC games scheduled and then the next week we were heading to Malmö for the European Smackdown. As a co-captain of a team ranked 17th but with a completely new charter, I felt like we had quite a challenge in front of us.

One of the important things to get the team used to, was intensity, if you play in Div 1, you just HAVE to move it, move it, move it, and also play smart, and REALLY know where you are at all times. So we also revisited a lot of basics, basic blocking is actually just what it sounds like, basic, but OH so important. If you dont have your basics down then you have nothing...
COMMUNICATION on and off track, working on a more transparent team, it is hard, because sometimes you think you have told skaters things, but you actually did not. Life is full of challenges and giving people bad news, such as in that they are not rostered is never fun. It is not only on the management I suppose, being a bubble skater at times in Gotham, taught me one thing, TO GET BETTER. At one point you should just become so good that everyone WANTS to skate with you. If you always secondguess yourself or if you always just do your own things, you will probably never get off the bubble. Keep clean, keep positive and see observe what they skaters on track need more off, and be that person that fills that void. 

Feb 24, 2016

ICELAND, coaching in the land of snow

I went to Iceland in February with one of my close friends Frozen Chosen. He is sort of a cool guy, plays roller derby and work as a stuntman, no big deal. But that's not why we are friends, it's something about just being comfortable in each others company. And we spent lots of time together last year, when I hijacked his garden and made everything grow there.  I had not seen him since I hung out in Alaska in August, so I was more than excited to see him, I even cried a little. Yeah, I am an emotional person!

Oh, well... before I went to Iceland I got in touch with the Icelandic rollerderby team, and checked if maybe we could come and practice with them. And we were told that we were more than welcome, and in the end they asked if we maybe could run one of the practices. ANd since I really love coaching and I am excited about ALL the Scandinavian rollerderby there can be. I have never coached with Frozen before, and I have nver realized what a great coach he is. We ended up coaching and then we got to scrimmage some too.

After the first practice we went to, we were taken for some beers, and they have some good local beers on  Iceland, and after the second practice we went to, we were taken to go swimming at one of their many public baths. All the pools are hot and heated from the ground, they are after all living on an island that's on fire... forged out of ice and fire... Iceland is breathtaking, I want to go back, and I will go back... 

Feb 18, 2016

EROC 2016

Me and Only talking about Team Structure at EROC 2016

I have been to EROC more than once, more than twice, more than trice... I've been to EROC a total of FOUR times, and there has been SIX EROC. I really love EROC, and this year I came to represent Track Advantage and to run two seminars, one by myself and one with Only.

It is so interesting to see how rollerderby in Europe is developing and growing, how we face new challanges and leave old ones behind us. I truly love to observe that we truly grow and are becoming a force to reckon. Everyone has worked so hard on making their leauges stronger and trying to figure things out. EROC is such a wonderful place where we all can meet and talk, get together and see that problems are easier to go trough and solve when you don't have to do it by yourself.

I am always happy to see so many of my friends and acctually realize what a positive influence rollerderby have had on my life. We all work towards the same goal, together to become something amazing and more organised, to take ownership of the sport we like.

The WFTDA discussions are always interesting, and we work towards a great goal, to be able to steer the sport towards the goals of what we want. And who are we, WE are every skater that stepped into a pair of derbyskates and fell in love. Driven by passion to create an inclusive and revolutionary sport, rollerderby is athletic and fun, it's friendship and togetherness, and all of this is something I fins at EROC, every year... and yeah, we are getting older... the parties are not as wild and we are happy to have it hat way. Well, at least I am, but yeah... of course I will drink some wineschorle... because its so tasty...

Jan 25, 2016

Coaching in Haag

I had a really fun and inspiring time coaching the Parliament of Pain in  Haag, Holland. It was really a great experience. I haven't been to Holland in quite a while.
Four hours of coaching went really well and everyone seemed really happy about the bootcamp. It is the best thing as a coach, when everyone seem like they learned something. I am always a little nervous in the beginning of practice, that my drills aren't going to be what they expected.
After practice they took me out for specialty beers... YIKES... those things are STRONG!! I even got locked in among all the beers... but without an opener, but that was probably for the best...

Sunday I spent in Rotterdam with Roos, who is one of the skaters but also my friend Fridges girlfriend, just biking and walking around, getting some really good bread and juice. Rotterdam is very modern, there is lots of very modern architecture.

Before breakfast he tried to kill me... 
So now I'm in Brussels visiting a really awesome friend, NON DERBY, and going for walks and trying to get some school done. I like Brussels, it is very different from Rotterdam, buildings are older and my friend Charles is being a supergreat tourguide. He is also sitting around playing guitar when I am just chillaxing on the couch. I love that I have people like this in my life, people I can just be me around.  I am also preparing for the seminars I'm holding at EROC. I'm starting it off with a seminar on tournament play, and the next day me and Only are holding a seminar together, on training structure. I am really excited about it, even if I am also really nervous. Always nervous when I have to be in front of a bunch of people to talk.

Taking the train from Brussels to Berlin, I love trains, watching the world just fly by outside. It is time for contemplation.