Originally Posted by BigE
Your goals happen to align with Fastmans -- good for you both!.
Fastman would not be the "go-to-guy" at the bell. While his knowledge may be profound, by his own admission, his goals are exclusionary.
Sorry Rick. IMO, you'd make a better coach than an instructor.
No apologies necessary, Big E. My chosen approach to instruction is not centered around doing whatever it takes to be the popular choice of the entirety of the masses, so to suggest that some people might be turned off by my -take the ball , call the play, offer no shortcuts-
style of coaching/instruction is neither a new or offensive concept to me.
But that said, don't be fooled into thinking there's not a large group of people out there for whom the product my style of coaching (FCT
, thanks Martin
) offers is exactly what they're shopping for. While the bulk of my professional ski teaching career has been focused on intense training relationships with athletes, I have also frequently functioned in a multitude of other instructional environments (you name it, I've probably done it) along the way. In each unique instructional situation I've remained consistent in my philosophy and approach.
The observations I've collected over the years from those broad based teaching experiences clearly indicate to me that the bulk of people who go to another person to help them with their skiing are looking for the very elements of direction and leadership I bring. They know they don't have the answers, that's why they've come to us. In fact, many know they don't even know the questions. They're looking for a leader, someone who can take them under their wing and teach them to fly too. They don't venture to know how their journey from baby chick to soaring eagle should take place, they leave that up to us and innately expect/hope we will show them the way.
To be totally honest, I can't remember over all my years of coaching/instructing a single case of a student who openly, or even through subtle suggestion, expressed any sentiments of displeasure with the learning journey I took them on. To the contrary; I have a file full of letters from past students expressing their appreciation for my dedicated efforts and the rewards those efforts provided them. I'm not sharing these things to be boastful. I'm doing it to explain why I truly believe the type leadership and guidance I've described here is exactly what many (if not most) students are seeking.
As teaching professionals, we all must decide for ourselves how we will approach our trade. Students will come to us with a medley of expectations and pre-conceptions. Some of those expectations will be reasonable, some will be unrealistic. Some will be vague, while others will be more specific and not always in the long term best interest of their development. Most do not have any concept of the foundation of skills needed to become a highly confident and competent skier. Many are ignorantly happy just to be offered an instant gratification variety quick fix which will set them on a course toward becoming one of the multitudes of dead-end intermediates that litter the slopes, pleased just to able to participate in the sport on some level.
Some of us will choose to cater to expectations as they're presented to us. I do not. I chose to educate and re-formulate those expectations. To show people stars to shoot for, and provide them a map to follow and a rocket to ride. I have no interest in creating more intermediate skiers,,, the slopes are cluttered with enough all ready. I will devote my passion and efforts to creating great skiers, or I will leave the profession and do something else.
Thanks for the very kind words of support from all those who offered them. I'm very touched.
And Snowbowler, I tried to answer your question within this text.