plateaus and feelings (roller derby rant)

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Every 4 months or so my roller derby league re-drafts the top 32-ish skaters out of over 100. And every 4 months i'm forced to hear other skater's opinions of me and work my hardest to make a travel team. This is one of the most difficult things I deal with in my life. -I know that I'm lucky that this is the case.

Today I was told by an evaluator that the committe felt I had plateaued. That it seemed like I was burnt out and maybe I'd rather take a break than be on a team. I have been skating for 7 years and in the last year I feel like i've grown a LOT considering how long i've done this. But, right now other people's perception matter more than my own.

So, I ask you, sparkpeople, what can I do to ~show~ them that I am motivated?!

On to the feelings side of it all... I love my league. I do SO much off skates work (read: league business) because I really care and roller derby is the second most important thing to me after my family/friends. I have made soul-mate intensity friends. I get to say I skate with an elite league (Rocky Mountain Rollergirl... google us, we're LEGIT) I have an inherant reason to push myself mentally, physically and emotionally every day of the week.I would NEVER consider taking a step back from something I love so much while my body can physically handle it.

So anyway... just wanted to share.
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    Hey Batchick-
    I just skate on a rec team, and I can't decide if I would ever like to do more than that. Those seem like vague evaluations, and that would be hard to take, especially when they're second guessing what's in your heart, and putting words in your mouth! With that many skaters, and being in a great league, the competition sounds FIERCE! I guess the only thing you really can do that you have control over, is to outwork everyone else, and make them eat their words! Is the decision final?
    2658 days ago
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    I am interested in getting into derby myself & want to be able to give it my all, much like you. It definitely must hurt to hear that when you feel like you've grown & its going unnoticed. I agree with Gypsy that it would have helped to get some specific feedback on HOW you can achieve what they are looking for. Maybe ask other girls to mentor you? Either way, don't give up. emoticon

    2663 days ago
    So sorry to hear this! I have no experience in this "world" and no idea how to show them you are as intense and committed as always. Can you ask this evaluator for specifics and see if there is anything they'd like to see more of? Do they just want to give someone else a chance who hasn't had one? Is it something physical- do they want you to get stronger or faster or ??? - It is terrible if they just say no without any advice! If you don't feel like you need a break you should definitely fight for your spot any way you can. emoticon
    2664 days ago
    I feel for you. I was in the Roller Game in the mid 60's
    and can so relate about loving the game. I used to live
    and breather skating seven days a week. I am sorry that
    they think you're not up to it. I don't know what to advise
    you. I hope that somehow you are able to still be on the team.
    Thinking of you. emoticon
    2664 days ago
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