So there was about 26-27 of us trying out which apparently was the largest group they’ve had in years. Although, after Whip It! Came out they said they had groups of 80. Sheesh. They only have so many spots with the max number being 20. But they didn’t tell us how many spaces they had today so I was terrified they’d only take like 4 of us.
So the first portion of the try outs were on the flat track. We started with a pace line and you had to take a lap around the track individually to show that you can skate the track properly (outside on the straight parts, inside on the curves) then go to the front of the pace line. They were looking for you to get low, keep your arms in and do crossovers on the turns. You also had to stop/slow down properly without taking anyone out when you got to the front. I’m proud to say my pace line t-stops were on point! Then we did the same thing but raced another girl to the front. I smoked the girl I was against.
One of the things that made me mad was that there was a few girls who obviously hadn’t skated much before and were dangerous. Like the girl in back of me kept skating into me from behind or grabbing my hips. I bumped her off of me a few times before I turned around, while still skating the pace line, and went, “You need to t-stop and stop running into me.” I was not about to be taken down and have my evaluator see me fall because of some chick who couldn’t even keep a slow skate pace line.
Then we did a lot of basic drills because they were looking for how in control you were. The main thing before you start Fresh Meat is that they want you to not be a danger to yourself and others. We did drills for t-stops, snow plows, knee taps, and all fours falls. Drills, suicides, drills, suicides. I was ssssooooo glad we didn’t have to do transitions though. SO GLAD.
I ended up in the line with all the girls who couldn’t skate or listen to directions. I was literally shouting at them, trying to remind them of the directions of the drill that the instructor had JUST GIVEN and they STILL didn’t listen. I understand if you can’t skate, but if you can’t skate or follow directions, why are you here? I felt so bad because my personality is that I want everyone to do well, but I eventually gave up and was like, well, less competition I guess.
After the flat track we went to the banked track and they pulled a few girls out who didn’t make the first cut. I was so glad the girl behind me was gone because I knew once we had to get in a pace line she was going to take me out. Falling on the bank track is like the worst thing ever because you just slide down to the bottom and getting back onto the track and in your spot is hard.
The pace line was the same as on the flat track. Then we did slaloming. Holy. Shit. I knew it was coming but I wasn’t anticipating how loooong it would take with all those girls. My lower back and quads were KILLING me. It took everything I had to keep skating. I found out Friday at the boot camp that I slalom really well. I don’t know why, but I rock the physics of the banked track.
They decided to tell us if we made it the same day instead of emailing us later like they usually do! That made me happy because it was a weight off my shoulders. I almost died when they called my number. They did orientation with us right after and we we’re done! They put the newbies to work too. LOL. You have to work 3 shifts every bout, make 6-8 hours of practice a month, and volunteer for committees and the street team. I’m ready for it though. I am so ready.