When I started this thread, I was looking for input on how to prep race skis. Based on what I had read in the SWIX ski manual and in SkiRacing, I wasn't sure what was the minimum or optimal amount of base prep required for junior race skis. I've attended a few ski tuning clinics and the company reps always say the same thibng: new skis should be waxed and waxed and waxed and waxed and waxed ..............
However, it now appears that this thread is about the relationship between ski tuning and parental pressure:
Originally Posted by Atomicman
That kind of "Concern" by a coach or parent can subtly put a lot of underlying pressure on a racer. Particularly, a 11 & 13 YO.
If still racing as a J1 that is different story.
But don't ya think the kid is thinking, OMG, my dad put so much time and effort into my skis and I am not skiing up to the standard expected of me! It is a fragile balance of encouragement and subliminal pressure!
My kids show up at the hill with one pair of race skis for the days race that have been waxed prior to the race.
In comparison, there are lots of other kids who show up with 2 pairs of race skis - a training pair and a race pair. The parents carry the race pair to the top of the hill where a team of parents are busily waxing, scarping and brushing the race skis for the race while the kids are inspecting the course. Looks like something out of a World Cup race.
I've heard the other kids walking around the race talking and saying "how can I beat the other kids who have multiple skis tunded specicfically for the race?" For these kids, the race is lost before it even starts.
In Ontario, Nancy Green racers (J5 racers) aren't allowed to wear speed suits. Last year on race day a couple of kids showed up wearing training shorts over their speed suit and they were allowed to race. Other kids in the race insisted on taking off their coats as a way of leveling the playing field. By mid-season, 9 and 10 year kids starting showing up with shin guards, etc for stubby slalom events.
Good coaching and ability combined with the right equipement are the most important elements. Kids don't win because of speed suits and wax
but properly maintained equipement, speed suits, etc. help the racer feel that they are competative. Being mentally in the game is also an important part of the race.
For my kids, the best part of racing are the friends that they have made over the years. Racing is as much a social event as a sporting event.
Edited by SkiNut - 9/4/09 at 3:01pm