--Before getting into the pieces of coaching snowboarding,Mike Jankowski (Head Coach of US Halfpipe Team) & Rick Bower (Technical Coach of US Halfpipe Team)
I want to suggest that this page is for riders, as much as it is for coaches--
A coach is a rider and a rider should become a coach, of themselves at least.
Learning to fill the coaching rolls for themselves may be the most important thing
an athlete can take away from being coached.
A high level athlete can learn very much about his or her own riding and abilities by watching,
coaching and being involved in the development of others.
We must all work hard to break bad habits and to build good ones. While working to stregthen targeted weakness in basic skills and ability, we must work to push ourselves towards cultivating and maximizing our comfort zone, as riders and as coaches.
Very well, lets move on. In the effort to develop skills in coaching snowboarding, an individual will find that they fill many supporting roles for the riders they work with. Finding ways to share passion for the sport, encourage progression in skills, balance and health in lifestyle and provide a safe and productive environment for the riders. The coach must learn to cultivate their own coaching style. Whether it is support oriented, goal oriented, routine and structure based or simply cheerleading and group support, the progressing snowboarding coach must learn to develop many areas of their own abilities.
The Many Hats of the Snowboard Coach
Below I will point out and discuss some of the important roles of a snowboarding coach. Not all coaches are comfortable with all the roles, but the more well developed a coach can become in all Teaching, Support and Stuctural efforts the more effective they will be in aiding in the progression of snowboarding athletes.
Coaches and Parents......
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