The story goes something like this...my 13 yr old son has been part of our local mountain's competitive snowboard program for the past 2 years (this being his second season). The kid loves to board and loves to be with his buddies, but he doesn't seem to have a deep passion to compete like some of the other kids. He competed 2 or 3 times last year (coach suggested that he go easy the first year). As expected, he did not do all that well and got very frustrated with things. He did one boarder cross and a couple of rail jams.
As a sidebar, he's good, but he's not as good as some of the kids on the mountain who have stood on the podium at Nationals at Copper Mountain. I've gotten him additional help ala gymnastics dryland training and a personal trainer, but he still lacks something to get him to the next level...not sure if its natural ability or the fact that he's got a decent fear factor going.
I keep trying to get him to compete more, but I don't want to push him into something he's not comfortable doing. In the same breath, if he's just looking to shred down the mountain with his buddies, then why be in the competitive program??
I could really use some guidance from others who are more knowing in this area.