Coach Panda

Activity Bags (aka Fun Bags!!!)

activity bag 2

activity bag 1

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)

I’m Teaching at RollerCon 2011!

Coaching at Tournaments
When: Fri, July 29, 11am – 12pm
Where: room 201
Description: Coaching at Tournaments, Like a Boss (Pandamonium aka Coach Panda) New to tournaments or interested in making the most of your tournament experience? This seminar is focused on beginner and intermediate leagues that want to learn the insider info on how to make your tournament experience a successful one. Topics that will be covered are: effectively managing your time, creating an "oh sh!t kit",and preparing for the unexpected. Coaches, captains, and anyone interested in learning more about tournaments should attend this seminar.

Getting Your Voice Heard for Coaches / Captains
When: Sat, July 30, 11:30am – 1:00pm
Where: room 209
Description: Getting Your Voice Heard; Effective Communication for Coaches & Captains (Pandamonium aka Coach Panda) As a coach or captain, do you ever get frustrated that you can't get your point across to your skaters? Tired of everyone talking over each other at practice? This seminar focuses on tools that will help you communicate better with your skaters. Topics that will be covered: how to establish effective feedback methods, how to better facilitate discussions, and a discussion of growth mindset vs fixed mindset.

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Things to Pack for RollerCon

This is going to be my 4th year of attending RollerCon. I wanted to share some helpful tips of things to remember to pack. There were many years that I had to learn the hard way. Hopefully this will be helpful 🙂

  • Anti-bacterial baby wipes: after skating for hours everyday, you are going to smell awful. Quickly wipe off with these baby wipes before heading out to non-derby activities.
  • Business cards: if you plan on networking, this really helps. You are going to be meeting a ton of awesome people and it's hard to keep random of bits of paper with contact information organized.
  • Put you name on all of your gear and tools: it's super easy to get your stuff mixed up with other skaters before and after scrimmages and workshops
  • Ear plugs and eye shade: mostly likely you are sharing a room with other rollergirls and it's going to be noisy. It's also nice to have these if you want to take a random nap during the day.
  • Extra powercord/outlets: it seems like there are never enough outlets when you are sharing a hotel room with other rollergirls (everyone wants to charge their iPods and cellphones at the same time).
  • A reusable grocery bag: there are going to be a ton of amazing vendors at RollerCon this year, reusable bags are great to stash your new goods in for the travel home.
  • Extra helmet covers: you never know when you might need them but you probably will at some point (the ones I brought last year got used in a bunch of challenge bouts).
  • LOTS OF CHAPSTICK: seriously, the dry heat is awful for your lips.
  • Wide mouth waterbottle with your name on it: hydration is super important while at RollerCon. It's nice to have a wide mouth one so you can fill it with ice.
  • $20 in 1's: this is not for the gentlemen's clubs. You will probably be bumming a ride off of someone with a car or taking a cab ride at some point if you didn't rent a car. Make sure that you can throw in a couple bucks for gas or easily split cab fare with someone.
  • Large zip lock bags: to fill with ice if you get hurt something or get overheated.
  • Healthy snacks: unsalted nuts, fruit leather, squeezable apple sauce, peanut butter with crackers, trail mix,
  • Vitamins, Emergen-C's, or Airborne: it's super easy to get sick at roller derby events. Make sure to be getting your vitamins in
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Vegan/Veggie RollerCon 2011 Guide

*RollerCon 2011 Vegan/Veggie Guide - Downloadable version here*

Located Inside the Riviera

The Riv Buffet
Breakfast: $10.99 Adults
-Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

-Lunch: $12.99 Adults

-Dinner: $16.99 Adults
Monday – Sunday 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.

-Champagne Brunch: $15.99 Adults
Saturday – Sunday 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

-All Day Buffet Dining: $33.99 Adults
Notes: They have a salad bar and ask for other vegetarian/vegan options available that day

Inside the Riviera Food Court

All places are open:
Monday - Friday 9am - Midnight
Saturday – Sunday 9am - 2am

Quizno's Subs
Notes: They have lots of ways that you can customize a vegetarian sandwich. For vegans, use their ciabatta bread that they use for their Torpedo sandwich (it is the only bread that has been confirmed vegan).

La Salsa Mexican Cantina
Notes: All vegetarian items are noted on their menu, ask about how to make them vegan.

Jade Dragon
Notes: They have a vegetarian section of their menu, ask if they can veganize it.

Walking distance from the Riveria

3001 Las Vegas Blvd
(702) 413-1923
Notes: Open 24 hours. Amy's veggie burger with white sesame seed bun, oatmeal without milk, and hash browns are vegan

2890 Las Vegas Boulevard S
Inside Circus Circus
(702) 836-6761
Notes: Open 24 hours!

1 mile away

Wynn Casino
3131 Las Vegas Blvd S
(702) 770-3463
Notes: All Wynn restaurants have vegetarian/vegan menus available. Expensive but they have lots of amazing items. View menus here:

Thai Pepper
2226 Paradise Rd.
(702) 696-9107
Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 10pm
Sunday 11am – 10pm
Notes: They deliver! Minimum order is $23 with a $3 delivery charge. Pay via credit card over the phone. Wine and beer available. Veggie items are noted on their menu but ask for vegan options

Indian Oven
2218 Paradise Rd
(702) 366-0222
7 days a week
Lunch: 11:30am to 2pm
Dinner: 5pm to 10pm
Vegetarian menu:
Notes: Beer and wine available

1+ Mile Away or Off the Strip

Whole Foods Las Vegas
6689 Las Vegas Blvd.
(702) 589-7711
8am – 10pm
Notes: They have an amazing selection of vegan items in their deli and bakery section. They also sell wine, beer, and liquor.

Ronald's Donuts
4600 Spring Mountain Road
(702) 873-1032
Mon-Fri 4 am - 4 pm
Sat 5 am - 4 pm
Sun 5 am - 2 pm
Notes: amazing vegan donuts!

Veggie Delight
3504 Wynn Road
(702) 310-6565
11am – 9pm
Notes: Vegetarian restaurant with lots of vegan options

Burger Bar (inside Mandalay Bay)
3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South
(702) 632-9364
Mon-Thu 10:30am-11pm
Fri 10:30am-2am
Sat 10am-2am
Sun 10am-11pm
Notes: They have a vegan burger and shakes!

PF Chang's (On the Strip)
3667 Las Vegas Blvd.
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
(702) 836-0955
Mon-Thu, Sun 11 am - 12 am
Fri-Sat 11 am - 1 am
Notes: Ask servers for vegan options, vegetarian options are noted on the menu. Happy hour from 3-6pm daily. Gluten free menu available

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photos by: Jim Cottingham

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2010 Travel Highlights!

SVRG 2010 Travel Highlights from Megan Williams on Vimeo.

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Jr Derby Mixed Scrimmage Highlights

Jr Derby Mixed Scrimmage from Megan Williams on Vimeo.

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