|Originally posted by Si:
One of my mantras is along the lines of "don't measure yourself, express yourself."
I really hear you, because I've got a kid racing, and it is HARD. It's hard to get beat badly every race while you're stepping into the "ability class" skills. It's hard when the coaches are changing all the time. It's hard when the coaches get pulled away from coaching into other club duties. And it's especially hard to even enjoy skiing when it becomes (as my son, Packy said) like a job.
Here the system takes a joyful skier and beats him up, and the learning becomes very difficult.
If he weren't self-motivated and seemingly strong enough to go through this, I'd pull him. He seems to know he's moving forward, and realizes that all his "fun" skiing is better for all this. (You gotta learn the scales if you're gonna play the music.) He also realizes that there are worse jobs!
But yeah, the competitive system can kill learning. And it can create strength. It's up to the parents to keep it in perspective. It sound like you're doing a great job. Keep it up.
[ April 27, 2002, 06:00 AM: Message edited by: weems ]