Originally Posted by BigE
The last thing a kid thinks about is their technique. The first thing is that they suck, and blame the gates for it. And that cannot be ignored -- they need tips and info on how to deal with the gates. They don't need tips on how to deal with the steeps.
actually, all kids are not alike, and many become overly analytical of their own technique right from jump street. I've seen it far too often.
This is especially true of kids whom are involved in activities such as gymnastics, dance, and soft-form martial arts...fact is, being this girl's involve din gymnastics, it could be one of her own sticking points, too much concentration on tech in her skiing
it is not the last thing they think about, at all. for some, sure- not for all, by any stretch.
ummmm...my advice for 180 hop-turns on steeps exercise was not to help them deal with steeps, but, rather, to instill great flexion/extension x timing into their technique.
you see, on steeps, that nice little pause between 180 hops, caused by the steep drop, serves, metronomically, to give them good timing, and the steep pause causes them, much like falling cats, to extend in between the hop-turns.
hop-turns executed on flat or not-so-steep terrain don't cause true extension between hops, whereas those thusly executed , on a steep pitch, cause the athlete to 'reach' down for the next turn in full extension.
i rarely teach or direct a drill in order to perfect it for sake of it's own execution, but, rather, utilize drills to commit the athlete to a new concept, nonverbally.
try this move with young racers....it generates dramatic results in gates and fre skiing.
start in on steeps, then, as the athlete wears down, esp. on less steep terrain, they have established the rhythm and continuum of excellent, instinctive flexion and extension.
more importantly, having established same on steeps, they are less prone to upper-body crouching in order to effect flexion, and far more prone to execute lower body movement.
trust me, i didn't just pull this stuff outta my ass.