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Successful Coaching: A Contest for Coaches & Instructors

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

I have a copy of the 3rd edition of Successful Coaching by Rainer Martens from Human Kinetics* and a couple of EpicSki ball caps as prizes in a contest just for the EpicSki coaches and instructors, whom I sometimes rile and rattle with my dumb questions. The competition is as follows:

 

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Please tell us what you consider to be The Goal(s) of Successful Ski Coaching/Instruction.

 

You probably won't be as succinct as Squatty Schuler's

 

"I don't teach people to ski. I teach people to be skiers."

but you can try! That said, brevity is not one of the judging criteria, so please take however many words as you need to express yourself. 

 

There are no limits as far as words, imagery, format, what have you, but your entry must be your own original work and suitable for work viewing. Entries will be judged by three PSIA examiners. Contest runs from today, July 14, through July 31, midnight Pacific time. 

 

If you want to edit your entry after submitting, we'll allow it. Simply contact me or one of the Moderators to facilitate that for you. 

 

 

This contest is for our resident pros, both employed and retired, who so generously give their time and advice on the Coaching & Instruction forum and lend their prestige to EpicSki in countless ways. Thank you for being here!

 


*Successful Coaching has a thud factor of 506 pages and is written by a renowned sport psychologist and founder of the American Sport Education Program.


Edited by nolo - 7/16/12 at 6:06am
post #2 of 17

My goal [for successful ski coaching/instructing] is to create people who love skiing as much as I do. 

post #3 of 17
I teach skiing to share my passion for the sport. My lesson goals are to be safe, be fun and be informative.
post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 

Here's another bit of inspiration for all the pros:

 

 

Quote:
What comes from the heart cannot be bought, though it can be sold. And its presence is a necessity for success and health and worth of every relationship...A love of the action of skiing is the foundation of what we, as professionals, do...But in skiing as in all things, the best comes from the heart. Always straight from the heart.

--Dick Dorworth

 

post #5 of 17

Those folks who come to me for help have decided to embrace change and it's my job to help them understand where they are now, clearly decide where they want to be, and then offer changes they can make to reach those future goals. In other words it's a self help experience that so happens to occur on skis. That's why my tag line is Skiing well starts in your mind.

post #6 of 17

I work my backside off every way I know trying to make myself redundant!

post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 

I fear that I may have given the impression that these explanations had to be very short and sweet. Not necessarily. The number of words is not going to be judged. The message is what is important, so take as many words as you need, and pictures too, if you got 'em. (I edited the OP to say so.)

 

If you want to edit your entry, just let me know...Not saying you need to, just saying you can. 

post #8 of 17

The Goal(s) of Successful Ski Coaching/Instruction.

 

My brief answer is:  My goal is that they have a better day with me, than they would've had without me!

 

To accomplish this I need to find out a lot about them.

 

Where did they come from?

How did they get there?

Where are they now?

Where do they want to go?

How are we going to get there?

What route are we going to take & ...

Why are we taking that road?

 

Once they have felt & realized an effective change, I want to make sure that they leave with some type of trigger that will help them flip that switch on their own.

 

Hopefully this is the result:

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Thanks,

JF


Edited by 4ster - 7/16/12 at 11:53am
post #9 of 17

Staying safe, having fun and learning something. 

That can be shown by repetition of a newly-learned

movement or simply by the student's smile.

post #10 of 17

My goal of being a successful ski coach, is that I have to figure out what I need to do to get a student’s full trust in allowing me to teach them how to be in complete control of their skiing on any terrain so that their fear doesn’t hold them back under any conditions that may come their way.   Skiing is like dancing and every hill has it's own rhythm.  There’s slow dancing, fast dancing and even Hip Hop.  If I can get my students to learn to listen to the rhythm of the hill and allow me to teach them the proper dance moves, then the mountain becomes their dance floor!

 

Of course, it always helps if you can get a student as excited about learning to ski as this kid was!

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Edited by Snowmiser - 7/17/12 at 10:48am
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by Snowmiser View Post

My goal of being a successful ski coach, means that I have to figure out what I need to do to get a student’s full trust in allowing me to teach them how to be in complete control of their skiing on any terrain so that their fear doesn’t hold them back under any conditions that may come their way.   Skiing is like dancing!  There’s slow dancing, fast dancing and even Hip Hop.  If they can learn to listen to the rhythm of the hill, then they’ve got it made and will be hooked for life! 

 

Of course, it always helps if you can get a student as excited about learning to ski as this kid was!

imready.jpg


Well, you did say "any terrain and any conditions"!

post #12 of 17

My goal as a ski instructor/coach is to work with guests so that they can feel comfortable when they go to a new/ different area to ski and purchase their lift ticket when the cashier asks them if they want a trail map they say no thanks. They don't care where they ski, what type of terrain or conditions are available any given day. When they turn down a trail they go. All the technique and tactics are instilled, their brain is working, their senses are heightened, they are in their zone, handling whatever is thrown at them that day. They are explorers of the 5 S's (shape, size, speed, slope, surface) playing with everything the mountain has to offer.

post #13 of 17
Thread Starter 

Today's the last day to enter this contest!

post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 

The contest is CLOSED. Stay tuned for the announcement of the winner!

post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 

Congratulations to Snowbowler for his winning entry. A copy of Successful Coaching is on its way to you (once I get your mailing address, of course)!

 

Honorable mention goes to 4ster and our sincere thanks to all who played and to all the great pros who contribute their wisdom to the community knowledge bank. 

post #16 of 17

Thank you, I myself like 4sters and Snowmiser thoughts, thanks again
 

post #17 of 17

Congratulations Snowbowler!    Nice Job! 

 

I too thought 4sters was well done!  :D

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