Thursday, January 7, 2010

Someday

I am under the impression that if we cannot successfully execute a turn-stop, then derby life, as we know it, will abruptly come to an end.  Okay, well maybe we'll still be allowed to practice if we can't do this, but we will be shunned by polite society and we will be banned from team playing.  You could feel the ripples of panic wash over the turn-stop-challenged skaters at practice on Monday night when this edict was given.

The following video demonstrates three types of stops, the T-stop, the Plow, and the Turn-stop (or Tomahawk).   The lady clearly states that the turn-stop is an "advanced move" (1:22) and is "difficult to execute" (1:28).  I can do the plow stop and am very wobbly when it comes to the T-stop.  So I'm one for three, because the turn-stop reduces me to tears of frustration each time I attempt it.



I'll get it eventually.  I mean, I eventually got the crossing over thing after a loooong time.  Of course, I'm pretty sure that I still look like a doofus doing them and the WFTDA minimum skills requirements clearly state that one must not look like a doofus when doing crossovers (1.3.3).  In short, I am personally not in a complete panic about these turn-stops.  I haven't even passed the scrimmage assessments yet, so the chances of making a team at the end of the month were slim to none to begin with.  So, I'm just going to plod along as Slow N. Steady Sue and I'll get there...someday.

7 comments:

Lulu Lockjaw said...

Wanna know a secret>

It took me at least a year and a half to be able to do a turn stop, and at least another 6 months to be able to do them at a decent speed. Only now after 3 years do I feel comfortable doing them.

kimberly.m.smith said...

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That's no fair Lulu! I've only been skating 9 months and I've hit the do or die point!!!!

Lulu Lockjaw said...

I bet you I can get both of you doing turn stops in a week!

<3

Rachel Eloise said...

Will have to take you up on that offer, Lulu!

FM Daisy said...

Sign me up for above offer as well. Still doing them in extreme slow motion!

Angus said...

Wow. Seeing it spelled out in that video like that, I have great respect for anyone who does that at speed.

Wendy said...

Hey I love reading your fresh meat tales. I'm learning too and would love to see if anybody else is having my problem.