Originally Posted by razie
I am a race coach and have received a lot of coaching from a lot of legit real-world "high level coaches"... in fact, some of the highest there is. And none contradict these movements, many agree with then but most don't focus on them.
I will however agree with you, as I've said couple times already. Many race coaches do not focus instruction on the inside foot, only incidentally - they focus a lot of instruction on hips, body and the outside ski and I've seen many really high level coaches having difficulty explaining how to kill a hip dump for example. After I showed and talked through what my thoughts were, they agreed - "yeah, that's what you do"... but they were lacking the words to explain it, as they spend most of their time with high level skiers that don't require a focus of instruction on those movements. And, as many race coaches, don't teach much technique directly.
anyways, the lack of direct focus on the inside ski that a lot of the race coaching world displays is... illogical, as demonstrated below.
Focus and goal being all weight on the outside ski. Lots of drills done and explanations "put weight on the outside ski". Demos and drills, however, emphasize lifting the inside ski, as J turns, javelins etc. Students eventually start doing that without being told anything about the inside ski. some, in spite of their sub par coaching, go to the world cup and say "I am pushing all I can on my outside ski". And that is used by some as proof that they do nothing with the inside ski, when the simple inescapable fact is that unweighting the inside ski is the cause that allows all weight to be placed on the outside ski and they have done this since kindergarten.
What if a great coach simply told them as kids: well, to put all your weight on the outside ski, simply lift the inside ski. How many more would have a better chance to go to the world cup?
What does anyone here think that I would do? What would you do, knowing this obvious and unarguable fact? How many here still doubt the fact that most coaches show how to use the inside ski rather than tell?
There actually is a logical explanation of all this but only race coaches in the know could explain you. The poorly applied main dogma these days is "guided discovery". Guess who is guided to discover what?
If you are a high level coach, ponder this for a while: you know the fastest learners are the bright logical ones. Why starve them of facts??? The one asset they have is not their skis or anaerobic alactic capacity, but their brains. The others can be trained or bought.,Just chew on that for a bit.
Edited by razie - 7/12/15 at 4:45pm