Right, Wrong or Meaningful?
I see little if any value in terms like ‘Right’ and ‘Wrong’ as applied to the teaching of Snowsports.
Assigning the term ‘Wrong’ to a movement pattern based on the assumption of a harmful misapplication of said technique is of no value to the student. Instead, describe specific applications and probable outcomes to the student.
Judgmental terms are meaningless because they contain no useable information. Sometimes these terms are nothing more than expressions of ones own ski snobbery, self-aggrandizing or self-importance. Other times they're merely tools to manipulatively attach emotional values
to proposed ideas in order to reduce resistance to those ideas.
Judgmental terms are also used to cover up ones own lack of technical understanding.
It’s way easier to say “That’s Wrong!” than to competently identify what a student is *actually* doing vs. what we’d like them to do. A muddled coach/instructor will often hide their lack of detailed understanding by injecting words like Good, Bad, Right and Wrong because they’ve no comprehension for what’s really going on with the student nor how to properly describe what they’d like the student to be doing.
I think adamant declarations of ‘Right’ and ‘Wrong’ in place of specific descriptions
strongly indicates a coaches lack of genuine understanding in the topic. If a coach *can* provide specific and informative descriptions for what they see then they simply have no need for declarations of Rightness and Wrongness and they can accomplish a lot more with their student.
Imagine a student skis down to us: We say to them, “That was really Bad
and totally Wrong
! I want you to try again - and do it Right
Exactly *what* have we just communicated to this student? Does this student now know exactly what to change? Do they know what aspect of their movement pattern did not meet our expectations? What movements were actually appropriate and should not be modified? How does the student figure out where to start? Was it really the Student
who mucked up - or are we mucking them up by delivering meaningless admonishments of “Wrongness” in place of useful information? In effect, all we've done is Bash them.
Originally Posted by JRN
If a skier launches off a bump and lands on his back did he do something wrong?
Instead . . . this Skier launched off the bump with their balance directed over (or behind) their heels in the fore/aft plane. This, combined with the upturned lip of the jump caused their whole body to rotate backwards such that by the time they landed they were presenting their backside to the snow surface instead of their skis. This is what happened. ‘Wrongness’ did not cause the skier to land on his backside. Wrongness did not rotate him backward.
For the Skier to land on their skis instead of their backside, the skier needs to approach takeoff with their F/A balance point further forward and absorb the last-minute backward rotation caused by the lip of the jump by sliding both feet forward while flexing into takeoff… This takes no ‘Rightness’ to accomplish. ‘Rightness’ does not describe what the skier must do nor will admonishments of ‘Wrongness’ ever help the skier learn to manage bump takeoff and landing technique.
How many forum threads have we seen deteriorate into arguments of Rightness and Wrongness? When this occurs how much meaningful content do readers then glean from all the pompous pontificating and jousting over who’s Right?
In my view, bold declarations of Rightness and Wrongness in place of meaningful explanation or exploration are merely indications of a weak (or non-existent) understanding of the topic being discussed or examined.
Fortunately, this never happens on these forums.