Roxy Rockett

Revenge Hitting = Losing

One main thing in blocking to avoid is being sucked into revenge hitting. Blocking has to come from a productive, positive vision, not from your desire and ‘need’ to get back at a skater that just got one over on you. Recognizing you have a problem is the first step. The second, third and forth is learning how to fight that urge and teach yourself how to turn negatives into positives.

Losing Focus
Are you the type of blocker that, when hit very hard, returns the favor by hitting back that same skater?
If so, you probably realized that when doing so, you loose focus of the game and all energy goes into targeting that skater and putting her on the ground, no matter the repercussions (which usually entail: penalties; injury; angry/desperate/out of control blocking).
What are some ways in fixing this problem?
1. Take that negative energy and target it towards something positive.
For instance: You just got knocked out of the way when trying to block the opposing jammer, from one of her blockers. Instead of knocking the shit out of that blocker, turn that energy (she just created in you) from anger into a positive move for your team. One way of doing so is, if your jammer is still in the pack, use that energy to get beside her and effectively accompany her through the pack. This in turn will create a feeling of accomplishment rather than a feeling of anger and self loathe.
2. Get use to the idea of being hit every second your in a jam. Practice getting hit when looking the other way and without warning. This will help with stability and balance, as well as, strengthening your ability to regain pack awareness when taken off guard.
3. Take sometime to read about anger and self-control and begin to practice it in all aspects of your life. Use some scrimmage time to get use to the idea of being knocked off guard, not always making the shots you intend and being knocked down. This would be the time to practice restraint on revenge blocking. Get use to that feeling and learn how to successfully deal with it during game play. Have one of the opposing skaters knock stick to you like lice on the head of a hippie. Even if that skater doesn’t knock you down, fall anyway. Fall when you’re needed to the most from your team. Not only will this help you gain attitude adjustments, it will also create a situation for your team to learn to adjust to a fallen skater.

Losing Energy
Are you the type of skater that will go after a skater and try and perform the ‘hit of the night’ on her, trying desperately to knock her 4 rows back, just because she got one on you?
If so, then you are doing a number of wasteful actions.
1. Thinking, first of all, you’re in the right by going after her takes energy off of how and why she blocked you in the beginning. Learning why YOU were in the wrong would better your performance and prevent off guard hits.
2. When you target just one skater, the rest of your team unknowingly plays down a blocker. Though all bodies are on the rink, your body is on a mission (a stone cold mission) only focusing on one of (at most) 10 skaters on the rink. Selfishly sprinting after that skater, exhausting yourself to feed thy ego, rather than being a part of a unified team.

3. You perform over committed blocks. Nine times out of ten your ass is too out of control to make an effective hit once your reach this skater. Either you go flying into the crowd, or fall onto the ground, or trip the skater (gaining a penalty), or fly into a Ref, or… the list goes on. Ways to fix this issue (in all cases) is to learn to use your ass and hips. Not all blocks have to be with the shoulder. Learning to maneuver your body to get in front of a skater is a hellva lot more effective than bull rushing a bitch into wonderland.

Losing Respect
If you’re a skater who tends to do a lot of revenge blocking, it won’t be long until your bench coach/captain pulls you from line-ups. Ways you can help is by telling a skater that they need to take a deep and regain control of themselves.

Telling them, “So what you got knocked down… So what it was illegal… So what the refs didn’t call it. The only thing that matters from this point forward is that you are in control and focused on the positive things you can supply to our team. If you’re unable to switch from anger mode to productive mode, you’re useless to the team.”

So don’t be surprised when your ass is warming the bench on a cold day for the mindful skaters on your team that can relax in the heat of the moment.

Trudy Struction holding a sign to tell me what NOT to do. Thanks Trudy... always looking out!

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