|Originally posted by FastMan:
Rusty, you would be surprised how innately competent the kids that come out of my program and others are at coaching, all the knowledge they need to begin their careers is securely stored in their gray matter from the years of learning from and observing the training techniques of their own coaches. Those that were successful racers and truly have the desire to coach usually fare quite well at it.[/QB]
I think at this point it's best to agree to disagree. I think you misunderstand Bob's post about the selection of ski instructors IF you think instruction ever at ANY POINT boils down to superficial skills and curb appeal, or if you think that the aforementioned is more important than technical skills and knowledge. Your comments seem to diminish "professionalism" in ski instruction and liken it to 1960 stewardesses for Eastern Airlines. Coffee,Tea, or Wedge Christie?
A good personality is certainly a help. Knowledge, technical ability, and teaching skills go a long way. We don't know where you plied your trade and we don't know whether it was full time, part-time, weekends or whatever. Anonymity is the beauty of the internet. I can only say to apply the words superficial and curb appeal to our profession does little to credit the hundreds of ski instructors plying their trade full time across our country. I can mainly speak for Colorado in saying there are a few ski professionals around here who can "turn em" fairly well.
Bob and I are good friends. Bob ran the new hire selection and training at Eldora and I worked for him as a trainer last year in the process. Bob's reply was about "how to get hired". I would urge you to reread the post particularly the serious learning verbiage portion related to the post hiring portion.
I hate to blow my own horn, however many here know I work as a consultant in the fall and early winter for an NFL team. I don't pretend to understand anything about ski racing, however I spend a good deal of time around NFL coaches. I will again reiterate, IMHO, a kid can have been coached by all the best and that won't make him a lock to be a good coach. I can start a long list of former players, in many different sports, who have subsequently failed miserably as coaches, at a variety of levels.
Lastly, I must state I'm in a quandry about your use of the word "my program" as well as use of the present tense. You speak very highly of this program wherever it might be. Let all in on the whole story. Remove the mystery.
What program is it? Where is it? Perhaps parents here might want to enroll their kid.