Anyone have any ideas on drills beside Skill quests for U12's? Just looking for some fun things and ideas that other have used outside the skills quest stuff.
Thanks in advance.
1 Footed Skiing
Touch the hill drill (create big angles on a pitch and touch the snow on the uphill side.)
Picture frame (hold poles upside down and "keep the picture ;evel"
Unbuckle the boot tops and FLEX the ankles.
Skate Racing up the hill
Up the hill drill. Have the athlete ski below you and hold a carve as far back up the hill as they can.
Lift the Uphill ski
Lift the DOWNHILL ski
If I were working with a group of U12's I would show them drills that activate their feet and ankles. Working these things would benefit any age group really.
There are advanced versions of these, but the majority of U12's won't be able to execute them well without a lot of practice.
you're right - i like especially introducing them statically before getting on skis. what i do now is i don't even let them go ski tipping/angulation/separation drills without contorting their body to the extreme that I want, at the top of the hill - most of them are simply not aware of their available range of motion and have this puzzled look like "what, i can really do this"? perhaps it means "it hurts, what is wrong with you" but hey... yields much better results than just kicking them down the slope with a 5 second talk instead.
we run basically the same drills from U8 to U21 - every time they see it differently, focus on different things, get something else out of it or just fine tune what they got. the basic principle of drilling is indeed though that they need to understand what to focus on during the drill, what it does/feel/cues to look for and they should not be allowed to repeat with flawed movements.
at U12 yeah, there's a lot of that but otherwise i usually prefer external cues: touch this, keep that, video
and the other thing is: video,video,video - twice a day if possible, especially at U12-U14 - the biggest improvements follow a video session - i'm not kidding:
- they do it
- they know what they did (internally: effort, felt like etc) like you said, they still remember all the physical sensations
- head inside right away and see what actually came out and compare with a benchmark
- go right back on snow and try again
- huge improvement follows instantly, for most of them
well, there it is, between a few of our posts here, the drilling theory for U12 :) given, of course, that the coach is qualified enough to explain and feed back on skills/technique.
edit/ps there's actually quite a lot more to it, but I think we've covered the basics