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Rough Guide to Bench Management

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Image courtesy of John Hesse

Bench Manager or Bench Coach; whichever term you prefer – those people who stand in the corners squinting at the track and occasionally waving obscurely. Ever wondered what they really do? Or why? Fancied trying it but been unsure where to start? This article is (hopefully) for you!

Before we start, there is probably no such thing in the derby-verse as the standard BM role – some teams have a permanent bench team, some conscript an available person near the time and some use non-rostered team skaters. The advice contained below is based on a combination of my current experience benching Bristol A‘s, and previous experience benching Bristol B‘s; you may find it more or less applicable to your situation, especially if you are helping with mixed teams.

 

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BRD Break for Christmas 2014

It’s the end of term for BRD. The Christmas holidays were looming so we spent the weekend celebrating the start of the festive season the way we know best – playing derby!

ADHD took on Daughters of Anarchy in a battle that went down to the last 20secs of the last jam of the game – absolute nail biter! Congrats to DOA – it really could have gone either way!

And the girls of BRD took on the boys of Bristol Vice Quad. The boys may have had size and strength on their side, but it didn’t stop the girls putting up a good fight! Well done do the boys!!!

At the end of the day, it was time to party. And boy do BRD know how to party. Afte

r an amazing buffet, end of year awards, secret santa, epic dancing (Saturday Night anyone?), and german leg wrestling tournament, we all decided we loved each other more than anything and got a bit soppy.

Here’s to 2015!! Lots of exciting things to come for BRD including our involvement in the British Championships which looks set to be amazing. Keep checking back here for all your BRD news in the new year!

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© Jennifer Rollason | https://www.flickr.com/photos/jenniferrollason/