yes. they don't learn anything fuzzy. they learn very specific actions: throttle-clutch. gear shifts, countersteering, hanging off (counter balancing if you want) etc. all very specific. Last time I went to road race school we practiced very specific movements and actions, like down/braking from 150 to 50 and when you're at the end of the straight doing 150 and you get hard on the brakes, shift all the weight forward and downshift with blipping the throttle while simultaneously braking so hard that the rear dances behind you, it's freaky. You get fuzzy, not enough practice of very specific fundamentals, miss your braking markers or screwup throttle control or pull the brake lever just 1millimiter more than you should and you get in hospital or worse. And you do laps for hours!
skiing is easy compared to any of these. and much safer compared to any of these. there's like just a couple things you have to do, like tip the skis on edge, angulate to stay in balance over the outside ski and uhh there you go. if you go faster, you'll have to add some separation and some flexing/extending to transfer weight and release/engage and did I miss something? fore/aft?
you don't do "balance" - there is no such action. you don't do "pressure" - there's no such action. etc
why not focus on the movements or actions that the skiers have to do? Why aren't THOSE the fundamentals? I know PSIA/CSIA doesn't but even in skiing, many others do. I know of the Swiss and NZSIA and others. I'll need to learn german eventually...
anyways, just an observation, having been involved with a few other very much action sports and having researched coaching a ton.
p.s. here's what skill actually means: A skill is the learned ability to carry out a task with pre-determined results often within a given amount of time, energy, or both.
which tasks exactly are you carrying out when you balance or when you pressure? what are you communicating when you say "pressure" ?
Edited by razie - 11/8/15 at 5:43am