Roxy Rockett

Home team meanings

Hi Roxy,

I am wondering if you could give us some advice.
We are going to be drafting in January for our league teams. We just finished our first intraleague season in September.
This is the situation..We have four teams, and one was undefeated all season (in fact when they played bouts they usually beat the other teams by 50 points…if not more sometimes).
We want the teams to be as balanced as possible…and feel that the undefeated team probably have the majority of really good players. We were thinking about reranking each player so each team would be assigned a ranking number, and then we could decide who could go first by the way the teams come out in ranking numbers combined with how they did overall in their season. Some people feel that we don’t have enough time to do a ranking and we should just have teams pick according to how they performed in the season.
So any advice on how the order of the draft should go or how to handle this?

– Thanks,
Cold and Chilly in a Cold and Chilly place

Hey Cold and Chilly in a Cold and Chilly place,
Well, first off, it is in my opinion that home season is basically a long training session. When you have an undefeated team (and the lowest point spread is 50 points), it’s obivous that the players on that team are not being as challenged as those that play them.
Yeah it’s great to be on a home team that’s undefeated but in the long run, those really good players are going to start slacking off and their skills will go downhill (it’s called being comfortable). Not to mention, the others skaters NOT on that team will become very bitter and unmotivated, thus losing interest in the league and their training… and quitting is naturally their next step.

I would suggest this:
If you keep all 4 teams, take the top four skaters and place them on each of the teams. Start there.. but also remember that your fans have gotten use to seeing some girls on certain teams. Keep that in mind! Your fans pay your bills and keeping their interest needs to be A top priority (not THE top priority). However, in the same vain, no one likes to come to a bout when they know the outcome (hence an undefeated team). Derby fans LOVE to see a fight (not literally) for victory.

When placing the others (whom will more and likely fall really close in skill level to one another), keep these things in mind:
a. place them with other skaters that they work well with, or that you feel can become a dynamic pair for your interleague team
b. try and place the ‘better’ skaters in a more difficult situation. For example, take your best jammer(s) and place them on a team that needs a lot of help with blocking awareness on the track. Those jammers will, eventually, help train these blockers by having to use them during game play. They’ll push and pull them in the direction they need them to be in order to get through the pack.
Another example is to place those really good blockers on a team with jammers who show the talent but need a little help getting through.
c. try and keep them on their original teams… but not priority. A great thing for interleague play is having pairs that know each other, that have played with each other a lot.
d. Lastly, I’m a big fan of team unity. If you know of girls who love and work well together.. whom motivate and encourage challenge, keep them together for another season. Eventually, they will need to be split up in order to get out of this ‘comfortable’ relationship.

So, this is what I think: Interleague play is your main focus. In order to have great players for your interleague team, you need to train them during home season by creating difficult situations that mimic real interleague challenges. Therefore, when you go up against some butch fuckin’ teams, your skaters will be prepared for tough challenges because their home season trained them for such.

Hope this helps!

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