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Rogan Joins Alpine Development Staff/US Ski Team

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http://usskiteam.com/news/rogan-joins-alpine-development-staff

To quote Michael Rogan: 

 

 

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Michael Rogan:
What a great opportunity for both PSIA and the U.S. Ski Team to create a stronger connection between coaching and the broader ski instruction community.  It is an honor to be a part of the national development program and I hope that this is a continuation of a great relationship between our organizations. 

 

What does this mean for both organizations individually?

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Obvioulsy I cant speak for you guys, but in Canada this is how its been for as long as I can recall (at least 30 yrs).  The relationship between the CSIA and CSCF (ie National Team) is great, and ensures that the understanding of skiing that the CSIA preaches is up to date with the most advanced thinking anywhere in the world.   As things develop on the WC, our National guys obvioulsy know about it, and they have a direct pipeline to feed that back into both organisations.

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It looks to me as though this relationship is focused in the other direction where Rogan will be building on basic skiing skills with the younger members of the organization to build a stronger well rounded foundation.  I am sure PSIA will reap knowledge from the world cup as well but the intent is for Michael to help the USST rather than they helping PSIA.

 

Either way it will certainly be a positive experience for both organizations!

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The goal seems to be to make sure that all young alpine racers develop a particular skill set and that it be consistent nationwide. This would seem to play into that concept by making sure the local club coaches can teach that skill set. US Team appears to have given up on the twenty somethings that might make it (Duke and McJames are examples) and are now focused on developing teenagers. The focus seems to be a standardization across the country which makes the affiliation with a national instruction organization make sense.

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The goal seems to be to make sure that all young alpine racers develop a particular skill set and that it be consistent nationwide. This would seem to play into that concept by making sure the local club coaches can teach that skill set.

I think the idea is to develop all skills rather than a "particular skill set".  The problem with most coaches is that they don't develop skills they just replicate techniques. This approach limits the potential of the athletes.  It is very short term.  Win now, lose later! 

post #6 of 8

The observations of skier skills at last year's J4 national camp as told in last April's (?) Ski Racing Magazine clearly acknowledged the problem of creating great skiers first as a pre-requisite to developing great racers. It's easy to see how both USSA and PSIA will benefit from a closer relationship. The USSA 'skills quest' manual is a pretty nice document. 

 

http://ussa.org/sites/default/files/documents/athletics/education/2011-12/documents/SkillsQuest%20manual.pdf

post #7 of 8

It's mutually beneficial in terms of credibility for PSIA's Alpine Team Coach to be closely involved with the US Ski Team. I think the credibility earned is somewhat different for each party, however. For PSIA the direct link to racing gives credibility to its technical model; for the US Ski Team, the direct link to PSIA's skills model gives credibility to its athlete development plan.  

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It looks to me like this is just formalizing something Rogan has been doing for several years now. He's been skiing with the top racers (e.g. ligety), sharing ideas and doing some informal coaching for the team.

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