What a great weekend. The group is starting to come together and it's clear that we have a hard working and focused team! We are all impressed with the level of the group so far. There is a lot of hard work to do between now and our first race, but this group is clearly ready.
Also, if you didn't hear, Maddie Goetz had a crash on Sunday. Get better soon Maddie!!
Here is the plan for the weekend:
Friday: GS Skis. 8:55-2:30pm. Please RSVP for Friday training through the RSVP FORM by Wednesday.
Saturday: GS Skis.
Sunday: GS Skis.
A few notes:
1) I hope everyone has entered the first race on Dec. 30th at Okemo. This SL will be the first race for the team and all athletes are expected to attend. To register, go to: www.adminskiracing.com
2) All athletes must be US Ski & Snowboard Competition members and VARA members to be in the program and to race.
3) If you want more training opportunities, don't forget about the great Holiday GS camp! Dec. 19-21. 3 great days of GS on Franks Fall Line and SWSC members get a discount! To find out more information and to register, go to: www.uselitecamps.com
There is also the Stratton Mini Camp series. The 2-day mini camps are another way to get in more ski time with SWSC & SMS coaches! Register Here
4) Here's something to think about. A note from Coach Bob Bacon. This is something you should all read!!
Minimizing Crashes, The importance of Patterns and Routines
Imagine what it would be like to be a passenger on an airplane flown by a pilot who insisted on landing it differently every time! It would likely result in a different and potentially exciting ride. Thankfully for us as passengers, well trained pilots insist on focused routines that rely on patterns and check lists that deliver us safely to our destinations without excitement.
As ski coaches we want to help you develop good patterns and routines as a skiers and ski racers. SWSC hopes that we can help you to: be prepared to participate, develop your skiing skills, put effort into your training, and enjoy it.
This weekend we had another strong turnout of U14s; I had a great time coaching a group of 1st year girls. Our goal was 2 things: begin to develop a warm up routine and continuing our work on stance and balance. Each of you should begin to have a warmup routine that helps you ski at your best. I suggested skating, slow carved turns, linked hockey stops, jumps between turns and finally linked hop turns.
Being well prepared and believing in your warmup routine will give you confidence!
All of us U14 coaches are really stoked about the effort and progress you are making in your skiing. Keep it up!
The Wall Street Journal Reported in 2015:
Mikaela Shiffrin, the 19-year-old American skiing prodigy, swears by the same routine every time she races.’
‘Shiffrin barely raced as a junior skier, choosing to spend full days practicing on her home mountain rather than countless hours driving to other slopes, where she might get two or three runs all day. U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association chief executive Tiger Shaw now preaches the value of practice over chasing racing ribbons. The national skiing body has been trying to convey the effectiveness of Shiffrin’s upbringing to ski coaches and parents across the country, he said.
See you all this weekend!