Have you ever felt like some people are more predisposed to pivoting than others? Like they were just born with more of those “God-given talents”? Not true. They have just been practicing longer. Maybe not on the track, but in their life they practice those skills. Both on and off-skates, you too can practice those skills to become a great Pivot. In this on-skates class, we will look at ways to speak confidently, lead and act all at the same time. Participants will learn drills to groom these talents and become more confident pivots.
Pivot = Team Leader on the Track
Two Key Points About Leadership
- Leaders are the mirrors for the entire group. How do you want your pack/team/league (family, business, any organization) to feel? What do you need to embody to inspire them to feel that?
- Leadership is all about how you make other people feel. Your achievement as a leader is measured in the success of others.
The Pivot’s Job
- Be the team leader on the track.
- Get all 5 people on the track working as one unit (this includes the jammer!)
- Set the tone for the group: keep them calm & confident, does everyone know the play? Does everyone know her/his job? Clear up confusion before you are in the moment if possible. Look for confirmation on understanding.
- Act as epicenter of communication: information comes in and out of pivot
- Talking/Thinking/Acting at the same time – For most people this is the hardest part.
It’s All in How You Say It!
Literally, how you communicate the message:
- Before the jam, talk to your team in a way that sets the tone.
- On the track, use the pitch most people can hear well
- Think of using you “Bad Dog” voice: Confident, Firm
- Say a command only one time
- Speak slowly & use words that are clear (ie. Go, Slow & No all sound the same, but Fast, Hold and Switch all sound quite different)
- Only use words for actions you want
- More words means you actually have to speak more slowly
- Hand gestures- Use your hands to make gestures to reinforce message. You can practice plays from hand cues but many are universal.
The Pivot is not the only one communicating:
- Pack must empower the pivot to be in charge
- It’s not all on the pivot, pack must give confirmation of receipt of message. Pivot is multi-tasking and needs to know the job is done without checking on everyone. She is the master delegator.
- Pack placement- Can you reach everyone? Can you see everyone? Pivoting from mid-pack as opposed to front or back. Messages come forward and backwards.
Finding Your Voice
- Break it down into the pieces you need to work on
- Repetition is what will make you great.
- Avoid being automatic.
- Self-evaluate, feedback, critique is essential to improvement.
Multi-tasking Part 1
Pivot will be partnered up with another blocker. She and that blocker will work together to block an opponent and try to slow them down. A friendly blocker will skater 15 feet in front of the pair. Pivot will ask and answer questions to the friendly front blocker while working to block opponent. **TIP: If you need time to think, obstruct.
Multi-tasking Part 2
Same as Multi-tasking Part 1 plus there will be an additional friendly blocker 10 feet behind the pair. ** TIP: It can help to project in the direction of the person you are talking to. Turn head to talk to person behind you to get info to the back of the pack. Talk quieter and with more touching to the teammate next to you.
Multi-tasking Part 3
Same as Multi-tasking Part 2 but now there is an opponent trying to break up the pair of the pivot and her partner.