Originally Posted by learn2turn
I teach kids development team, kids from about 7yo to 12yo, level 5-7. I was thinking this year about whether it would be a good idea to video tape them. On the one hand, video analysis is great. It also would be a fun novelty to shoot some video and then go in for snack break and huddle around a monitor and watch. On the other hand, kids can be very very self-conscious and may not want their defects displayed over and over again in front of the group.
So what do you think? Good idea or bad idea?
learn2 turn, I would not bother too much with video, kids that age and ability level just want to ski. The time it takes to get people videotaped , lined up, sent down in a orderly fashion, regroup at the bottom of the run just has kids standing around too much. Now if you have a staff of people to help you keep things moving i.e. maybe have one or 2 kids taped per run while other kids are out skiing and rotating into the filming process that might work. I think most 7 to maybe 10 yr olds are not going to be worried about how they look on skis but as you get to the teenage years you could have a problem with that.
I think kids learn best in the moment ,in situations , they are not going to get much out of movement analysis on tape. If they were very good racers maybe that is different but your general kids lesson which is what I think you are talking about would benefit from as much on snow time in different conditons/terrain etc. than they would from watching video. I did have some experience with this last year with a one week ski group about 6 kids ( ages 8-12 boys and girls) that I tried taping for one of the mornings and I found that they really did not care that much and would have rather been skiing than standing around. As far as measuring performance from start to end of the week , that came from what type of trails and conditions they could handle at the start of the week to what they were skiing by weeks end. In most of the kids instances they went up a little bit in the difficulty of the trails but what really showed was the enhanced flow to their skiing and the lines we were skiing.