Oh Amanda, this is such a big topic. I am so glad you asked! And the Board just this week voted in some changes to the Travel Team policies, including some adjustments to the TT-only policies.
-TT-only is available to skaters on the WOJ charter. AoA is not eligible for TT-only.
-Skaters opting to be TT-only must have been on a home team for at least 1 year
-Skaters must have made 70% of the WOJ rosters from the previous WOJ season (there is a clause about jammers being held for tournament rotation and not making 70%)
-TT-only skaters still have to tryout for Travel Team and are not guaranteed a spot on the game rosters
-TT-only option must be approved by the TT leadership and Training Committee
-It is a choice, not a rule.
-meet practice attendance
-meet Home Team Assistance Attendance Requirement
-pay usual RCR dues
-participate with WOJ bootcamps
-meet financial and time demands of traveling with TT
RCR has had a TT-only option for the past few years, but we have only had one skater opting to go TT-only each season. This doesn't really provide that skater with the team support or practice/play time needed to keep her skills honed to the level of play WOJ requires.
So, Training Committee said, "How can we provide the best training and support system for our Travel Team? How can we help Travel Team be a cohesive machine of derby greatness?!" I think a big part of this is encouraging skaters to go TT-only. We want them to identify as a team. We want them to be able to focus their efforts to training as individuals and as a team. This will continue to raise their skill level. Teaching/coaching the league is also part of the plan. We want them to share their knowledge and skills as leaders within RCR.
Did you really say there is life outside of derby? I'm glad I don't believe everything I read.
Seriously though, rest is an essential part of training too. Not just resting so you don't burn out, but resting your body and mind. It actually makes both of them stronger. Why not have all WOJ be TT-only then? Because some skaters need more time or experience training, bouting, and practicing. And some WOJ will be skating with AoA too because we will have a 30 person TT instead of the previous 35. Is that a can of worms or what?
Also, we are a frickin' gigantic league. I have heard it said that we are the largest league in the country. And from a league perspective, this opens spots for the rockstar Fresh Meat who are anxiously waiting for team spots. I am SO excited for the upcoming draft (December 16th)! The goal is still to have a high level of competition on the home teams and have them evenly matched. Just wait until you see these new home team skaters and find your 2011 derby crush.
Dude, check out the 2011 season schedule.
You will have so many ops to see your fav all-stars. Plus, I know you will travel for derby... There are road trips coming up to see these talented skaters outside our fine city.
If you have any other questions, just let me know. These are some exciting changes and I think we will have a lot of success with them. Of course there will be kinks to be worked out, but all we can do is try right?