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I'm a long time lurker and first time poster. I'm going to be taking the USSA coaching clinics later this year and I would appreciate some specifics about what to expect. The Coaching Principles Course is just an 8 hour classroom session which seems easy enough. The Skiing Fundamentals Clinic is what I have questions about. The USSA e-mailed me this description: "Day 1 Skiing fundamentals, basic drills and skills. Indoor 4-7 lecture. Day 2 Skiing funamentals progressions and coaching." Could someone tell me exactly what the "skills and progressions" are? Is this clinic an exam of my skills? Will I be running gates? Should I bring SL, GS skis and protective gear? What should I be working on now to prepare for this clinic? If anyone has taken this couse this year (or any year) I would love for you to list what drills etc. are in store for me. The last thing I want to do is invest money in the courses and lodging and be unprepared. Thank you very much and I hope to hear from you.
post #2 of 8
I've been at this so long I haven't been through those courses. Last year at the Acadamy the only thing we were "tested" on for our skiing were B.A.S.E. Test manuevers. The Regional group was also given a set of B.A.S.E. tests.
USSCA programs are mostly educational and don't have the same approach as PSIA exams. We were told at the Acadamy that they "expected" us to pass. As for skis, they suggested an "all mountain" ski that we were comfortable with.(I used 163 HCX)(ok for the SG stuff we did) If you grew up racing or are PSIA II you will have no problem. Relax, learn and enjoy.
post #3 of 8
Why don't you ask USSA directly? I'd send them an email, or call them with those questions. They don't seem like stupid questions to me and they must be asked them all the time.

I think we have mostly instructors in this forum, not a lot of USSA coaches.

Good luck, maybe after the course you can post what it was like.

post #4 of 8
I am a USSCA coach as well as PSIA, but its been a few years since I was active and I can't comment specifically on what your days will consist of. However it shouldn't have changed too radically and I would expect that you should get a chance to ski some gates, though just bringing along your favorite skis should be fine - not a whole quiver. It should not be an exam in any sense, their purpose is to help educate you - not judge you. If you want a specific schedule I'd certainly email/call/write them and find out. I'll be curious to hear what the progression of the clinics are like these days - please update us afterwards?!
post #5 of 8
Took the Club course 4 years ago. Nice intro, nothing too "heavy" as far as running gates. Did some 2-4 gate demos. Broad introduction. Leads nicely into the "State" courses where you do set and run gates.

Topics were: Sport Psych., Ski conditioning, Management, Biomech., BASE evaluation, Tactics, Course setting, Training drills.

Things may have changed. Go and enjoy. Take it as an intro to more things to come. There are some great web sites that have detailed information on setting/rules/timing/etc.
post #6 of 8
Hi, What exactly is the BASE test. I tried to find some stuff on the net about it but was only able to find out what it stood for. Exactly what skills does it test and what are the exams like for you guys?
post #7 of 8
Basic Alpine Skills Evaluation (BASE kit) is made up of about 14 skills on three different levels of difficulty. Nicely set up for anyone to use. Has objectives and criteria for "scoring". Video included. Started in 1994 to help "build" skills of racers at different levels. Great for the non-racer also.

Some examples of each level..

The beginner racer - Stage 1 - Traverse with extension/flexion, whirlybirds, pole jumpers, dynamic wedges, javelin turns...

Intermediate level racer - Stage 2 - Traverse on uphill ski, wedgehops, one ski skiing, ....

FIS level - Stage 3 - pole jumpers in turns, converging parallel steps, sideslips/pivots...

I use this idea for the "hot shot" school kids I teach. Gives them an idea of what the "pros" have to do.
post #8 of 8
Michael, you will be working on 'core' movements which are described as rotation, lateral,fore/aft and up/down. You will not be running gates and I would bring a 170cm ski which will be easy to flex (and edge) with slow ski drills such as traverses and wedgeing. Balance,balance, balance is the theme. I recently went through it at Whiteface and it was a rich experience, even if my description sounds dull. Strong emphasis on balanced stance and putting skis on edge with subtle movements. Drills and progressions to help racers ski efficiently.
Modern technique which is evolving away from too much counter. Parallelism will be another new buzz word. Have fun!
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