Today was my first real, full length scrimmage. I went in with the goal of not getting hurt, or badly hurting anyone else, and any other moment of triumph would be bonus awesome. Win, win, and a little more win. I helped block Kris My Ass for like, 3 seconds! I love watching her jam, even if she’s against me, it’s so exciting. What an amazing athlete – my life is awesome because I get to play with women like her. So many amazing women! I can not describe how lucky I feel to be apart of this. Everyone has something to teach you. Every game, you can become better than the last because of the people around you.
Tonight’s tips: stay with your partner and don’t chase (I think that last part was more specifically for me as a freshie).
When bridging, don’t look ahead. Only look back. You need to watch that 10 feet barrier and maybe you have more space to take. Watch your rear bridge person.
Things to work on:
Im super hands-y. I didn’t need anyone else to tell me this one, I could feel myself groping for people all the time, and I just tried my best to make sure they were my own teammates. I really need to work on my fast twitch muscles and getting good balance so I can be more solid on my own.
Fucking up the other team’s shit. I have no idea how to help my own jammer.
Some more firsts that felt good:
Lining up for equipment check/a ref reading my number out loud
Finishing a jam with a good moment in it
Pivot helmet covers
My proper number on my arm
A penalty free game (don’t know how many I’ll have)
Being in a pack with the women I’ve idolized for a year. They are even more terrifying and awesome when they’re hitting you for real. (Though I’m sure they were holding back a little)
Love this life.