Since my older 12 year old (now 14) has busted a knee pretty bad and will not be riding any boards this season, my other 12 year old (now actually 12) is up on the MA block.
documenting progress and getting ideas.
Here's some history:
beginning of last season (me pretending to coach):
mid last season:
end last season:
he's been on some second hand 80 or 90 flex Atomic boots (with loose buckles) and some 4th hand 120 or 130cm Atomic SL skis.
He will be moving up to U14 this season as he's already 12 now. Me as coach (that or I'm not coaching at all, heh). Fischer WC SL 145 and Atomic GS 165/18m non-D2 AND D2 171cm/20m and whatever boots he'll fit - I have some 90 and 100 flex Atomics from his brother. Also, 3 edge/1 base since that's what they're at!
He's shorter and quite lighter than average.
What do you think? Next steps?
I had ignored most comments last season and did something that triggered lots of comments from the other coaches on the hill, like encourage that huge massive hip dump (see green pants above) and that excessive bending at the hips for a while, all for good reasons - I think every kid has a completely unique path to success, given the initial parameters, I don't think there is such a thing as a "cookie cutter".
In his case, my aim and only focus was for him to use, feel and trust only that outside ski, no matter what else he did and I think it worked. I did not correct anything until that worked, and then slowly got rid of the hip dump... now what?
So, what do you think? What should he do this season? There is no wrong answer (or is there?).
Edited by razie - 9/19/14 at 5:15pm