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Coach’s “Oh Sh!t” Kit

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This kit is an essential item to have at any roller derby team's bench (flat or banked track). After coaching 50+ bouts, I have experienced so many "oh sh!t" moments that it's not even funny. I have seen EVERYTHING break on skates, skaters getting sick (ie. 15 foot stream of barf), and so many random unthinkable situations.

Below is a list of all the items that I have in my kit. I have used EVERY SINGLE ITEM in this kit before (of course I replaced the used mouth guard with a new one). Do your team a huge favor and make one of these kits!

Note: every single category of item is kept in their own separate zip lock bag. Having an organized kit is important, don't just throw everything in there. You don't want to be struggling to find an item when disaster strikes!

    Top Shelf (most used items)

  • Alan wrench multi sizes
  • Classic skate tool
  • Medical tape
  • Pencil
  • Pen
  • Large Sharpie
  • Red Cross sports first aid booklet
  • Mini WFTDA rule set booklet
  • Kleenex
  • Post It Notes
  • Various nuts, bolts, bushings, bearings, toe stop hardware (in plastic organizer)
  • Whistle
  • Mini first aid kit
  • Extra hanger
  • (not pictured) Tums

  • Scissors
  • Various skate tools
  • Bottle opener
    Small First Aid section

  • Ziplock bags (for ice, bloody items, or barf bag)
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Bandages
  • Latex gloves
  • Tampons
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Washcloth
  • Medical tape
  • Moleskin

  • Extra laces
  • Extra WFTDA patch
  • Extra mouthguard
  • Hair ties
  • Mini sewing kit
  • Extra socks
    Various Skate Items

  • Extra wheels (already loaded with bearings)
  • Extra toe stops
  • Extra bearings
  • Painters tape
  • Duct tape

  • Raisins
  • Fruit leather
  • Unsalted nuts
    Extra Jerseys

Traveling First Aid Kit

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This is another essential item to have at your team's bench and at your host hotel. I always bring this kit whenever my teams travel because you never know how well equipped the host team's venue/medical staff is going to be.

Plus it's nice to have this item during tournaments and especially during down time at your hotel. It's not uncommon for there to be only a couple EMTs/Medic at tournaments and they are usually pretty busy taking care of serious injures. This kit isn't meant to replace the assistance from EMTs/Medics but it's there to provide minor first aid to your team.

I also recommend getting certified in "First Aid for Coaches" by your local chapter of the Red Cross. I got certified a couple of seasons ago and it has been an huge help for my league!

    Roller Derby Coach's First Aid Kit

  • Arm sling
  • Bandages
  • Ziplock bags
  • Finger splint
  • Kleenex
  • Moleskin
  • Alcohol prep pads
  • Topical pain reliever
  • Wet wipes
  • Icy hot pads
  • Heat wrap
  • Instant ice pack
  • Large bandages
  • Scissors
  • Medical tape
  • Tampons
  • Pads
  • Insoles
  • Barf bags
  • Gauze
  • Bayer
  • Tylenol
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tums (most used item!)
  • Sunscreen
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Latex gloves
  • Red Cross sports first aid booklet

Coach’s Organization Kit

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This is a pretty basic kit that I use for every away bout that my team has (single bouts or tournaments). There is usually a ton of paperwork that I need to keep organized. I know that this seems like a big "no duh" but I see unorganized coaches all the time!

    Typical uses of this kit

  • Keeping all the waivers and sanctioning paper in one safe area
  • Storing line ups and ref evaluations
  • Using the blank paper and markers to create notes to leave in our dressing room (ie. Equipment check at 12pm!)
  • Having one central area to keep a league phone book and emergency contact information
    Items in the Coach's Organization Kit

  • Paper organizer/filer
  • Pen, marker, and pencil
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Tape
  • Blank paper

Activity Bags (aka Fun Bags!!!)

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Recently SVRG was booked to play Humboldt Roller Derby (HRD) at their home venue. SVRG loves playing HRD, they are some of the most hospitable hosts ever. They only drag with playing them is that it's about a 7 hour drive from San Jose, CA to Eureka, CA (their home).

To make the most of this drive and turn it into a team bonding time, I created activity bags (aka Fun bags) for each of the vans we rented. Pictured above is all the stuff that I put into these bags. The most fun part of the bags (in my opinion) are the conversation starts that I printed up. Below are the conversation starters that I included in the bags.

I highly recommend making these bags for your next road trip, they are a blast!

    Conversation Starters

  • If you could play against any roller derby team, what team would it be and why.
  • What's worse? Having a wardrobe malfunction (ie. Getting your shorts pulled down or a nip slip) or equipment failure (ie. losing a toe stop or your laces breaking) during a bout?
  • If you could get any type of food to be supplied/catered after a bout, what food would you choose?
  • If you could get any company to sponsor our league, who would it be and what would they supply?
  • Who do you admire most in our league and why.
  • What is your favorite bout moment from this season?
  • What are you most proud of accomplishing this derby season?
  • What's your porn name? How to make your porn name: first name is the name of your first pet and your last name is the street name you grew up on. (for example: Panda's is “Hershey Timberline”)
  • If you could get one-on-one coaching from any derby skater, who would it be? What would you want them to teach you?
  • Tell two truths and one lie about yourself. The group has to figure out which statement is not true
  • If budget were not an issue, what would be your dream venue to bout at?
  • What is your dream after party? Where would it be, what would be there, and who would be there?
  • Who is your favorite derby skater? Why is she so amazing?
  • What is one WFTDA rule that you don't understand?
  • What is a new strategy you learned this season?
  • What is your spirit animal?

Travel Documents

This blog post is still a work in progress, but I wanted to have something up for all the people that attended my tournament seminar at RollerCon. I'm working on creating a PDF that you can print up and easy organize your team's travel information. Check back soon for the PDF (or leave a comment with your email address if you want me to email it to you).

For the time being, when traveling with your team make sure to have the following information stored in your coach's kit:

    Skater's information

  • All your skater's real name
  • Their phone numbers (mobile and cell)
  • Emergency contact's information (and their relation)
  • Any medical notes (ie. allergic to latex)
    Traveling my air

  • Everyone's confirmation numbers
  • Everyone flight info (make sure to get flight numbers)