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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Greetings forum! (this is my first post )

i will be doing my first clinic with all of our instructors this weekend, i'm a cert 1 btw. the range of experience in the group is from very experienced cert 2's to first year instructors preparing for cert 1.

our recent clinics involved riding and movement concepts, movement analysis, and application of MA for switch ridings tasks such as high intensity turns (carved turns) through low intensity (basic skidded) depending on the riders ability.

i plan to bring this together by 1) videotaping the riders, 2) having them watch the riding and 3) do MA on themselves along with others if possible and time permits.

i'd like input on this clinic plan, because i'm not sure if this will be boring for veterans etc, is this is a decent idea (because of the range of experience in this group)?

thanks in advance,
post #2 of 8
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What is the goal for the clinic? Do you want to improve personal riding, improve teaching skills or both?

Some people find video analysis to be boring, others fascinating. Your team's mileage may vary.

I've found that when I am the clinic leader with attendees who are more qualified than I, I need to focus on facilitating discussion more than presenting information.

You don't mention how many pros will be in your clinic. Seven or 8 is about the limit before nodding off in a video session.

Good clinics build skills, add to technical knowledge, add to bag of tricks, standardize methods, share what works and what doesn't, etc. When doing movement analysis, there are lots of little agenda items that I choose from. One of my favorites is ask the group what positions the knees, hips and shoulders are at the beginning, middle and end of the turn. This usually generates a range of responses, including contradictory ones. Frame by frame viewing usually clears up any discrepancies. This helps train the eyes of rookies to accurately see things at normal speed and also helps vets understand why our students can be so off base in understanding their own movements. Another thing I like to do is "only positive feedback allowed".

One of the common things I do in all clinics is review the methodology:
Here's what I see (movement analysis)
Here's what I want to see (technical knowledge)
Here's how we're going to do it (bag of tricks)

If you're going to focus improved riding skills, every rider should know there strong areas, their weak areas and how to improve their weak areas, even if it's only for the specific type of riding being looked at.

hope this helps...
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
thanks therusty, thats exactly what feedback i was looking for.

my goal for the clinic was to involve all, but give the new instructors a chance to really practive ma on themselves, and also see themselves in action, and maybe really absorb some of the previous feedback they have had in past clinics.

you really hit the point about facilitating the clinic, this is a prep clinic for the new comers and review for the rest of us. it will be important for me to remember this as some of the old fellas express themselves much quicker than newbees.

i planned on briefly going over fundamental concepts and then try to quicky get to riding. teaching and learning concepts i wanted to save for another clinic and concentrate on their riding for this one.

post #4 of 8
Glad I could help. My only additional advice is that rookies tend to focus on the negative aspects of what they see and aren't very good at diagnosing root causes. They tend to want to hear input versus do their own diagnosis. You need to stress positives strongly and be very patient when you get "I don't knows" or totally off the wall analysis. This can be an opportunity to reinforce the value of stressing positives to first timers, especially the ones that really suck.
post #5 of 8

Re: Video

I think it's a great idea. Most folks I know enjoy reviewing video of themselves riding. I've found it's generally more fun and relaxing to not put anyone on the spot to analyze the riding, but to simply play it and help facilitate discussion. Let folks volunteer comments if they wish--or not.

LCD projector/high-rez slow-mo also recommended.

Have fun.
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
thanks again for the feedback on this thread.

the clinic turned out really well, the feedback was positive and alot of people were really suprised at some their riding habits, although a couple people were quite bummed seeing themselves ride, it was a great experience.
my fav part was sitting in the locker room watching the film, and hearing people comment as a group and critique, and as a group looked for solutions etc.

good stuff!

thought i was in the clear after this clinic, now i *got* asked to do another one.
heh! :
post #7 of 8
Welcome to trainerdom!

Wait until you find out you can't take free rides any more (because someone always wants some help and they're always there as a soon as you take 2 steps towards the lift) or when people start bitching about you not taking clinics out (because you are - gasp- teaching lessons instead).

If you're good, the punishment is more work.:
post #8 of 8
the biggest faux pas i see with 'board schools is far too much emphasis on riding clinics, and far too little on good teaching.
when the majority of clinicians take out a teaching clinic, you see them standing in front of the group, jabbering, for long boring periods.
of course, this teaches the instructors to later stand in front of their students, jabbering, for long periods.
take out a silent clinic, having each instructor demo a tech non-verbally, with you doing the same.
then have each instructor imitate a bad habit- see who detects it, and hwom doesn't.
not only does this fortify your team's demo capability (the skill, far and away, most lacking from most schools), it also encourages them to develop 'the eye'.
'the eye', in elite-level coaching, is the ability to pick out, visually, even the most subtle extranneous movement being employed by the athlete, so as to excise this movement from the athlte's performance, and increase motion economy.
the single most important advice i've ever given students and athletes is a quote that marlene dietrich ascribed to ernest hemingway, from a personal missive from 'papi':
"never mistake motion for action"
OK- that's my wisdom for the day-
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