Rider Development and Snowboarding Progression
The recipe for an individuals successful snowboarding progression can be complex and have many variables. When developing on-hill training environment or group mindset, there are a few ideas that can help encourage rider progression.
- Develop a training environment where high hopes and expectations are over-shadowed by positivity, support and focus on the activity at hand.
- A rider should try and make a habit of appreciating goals reached and positive feedback from coaches and peers. On the flip-side, it is important for a rider not to worry to much, and to let go of the external pressures from coaches, parents, peers or others that can create negative feelings and self doubt.
- Encourage group interaction and group support of each others efforts. A rider can get a lot of positive motivation and internal drive from friendly competition with friends and peers.
- Identify the riders strengths and weaknesses in terms of skill base. Like which way do they spin easier or do we need to spend more time practicing riding switch before trying 180's or 540's.
- Routinely practice the skills where the rider is uncomfortable. Set easy goals to build confidence and hopefully emerge from the "that feels weird zone", thereby opening up a new line of progression.
- When the rider is fired up, feeling confident and having fun, push the progression lines where the rider is comfortable for maximum gains
- Encourage visualization every step of the way.
Practicing tricks in the mind builds confidence on the snow.
In terms of the actual step by step progressions, I will refer you over to Snowboarding School, where a coach or rider can focus on building skills foundation and moving towards a riders on-snow goals.--Follow the bold links below to easy to purchase books that take the guess work out of raising snowboarding progression potentials--
However, if you want to take snowboarding progression further, its time to address the overall personal balance and athletic approach that will build the progression base of the rider. The absolute most important factors that speed progression come from a fearless approach to calculated risk-taking, through confidence building and a step by step approach to reaching a wide range of goals on and sometimes even more importantly, off the snow.
While practicing mental training to build confidence and the mind-body connection of high level athletics, we will train the athletic body for performance and raise the potential of the athlete. Even if the mental abilities of the rider are exceptional, if the riders body is weak, stiff, malnurished or otherwise incapable of the athletic demands we put on it, the outcome will fall short of our hopes and dreams.
So, take control. Train the body and mind. Train yourself to be motivated by the challenge of a goal that is hard to reach. In all walks of life. It will translate directly into your ability to do the same on the hill. Strength, flexibility and good nutritional habits combined with a positive attitude and dedication evolve into a solid snowboarding progression base.
-Strength and Quickness Training-
A rider should use the off season for Dryland-Training and Cross-Training
to get into great shape for the winter.
Then during the winter, even when riding a lot, it is important to maintain overall fitness. Snowboarding is a mostly finesse type of sport and for most not very aerobic. A rider can lose fitness level quickly if all they are doing is snowboarding.
So, during the winter, it is important for snowboarders to have periodic moderate work-outs, and to get their heart going regularly. Utilizing a stationary bike or swimming laps for a 15-30 minutes is ideal. Give that bike some resistance and sweat it out. Riding a bike is also great for tired snowboarder knees. It can realign and revitalize your leg muscles, while pumping out soreness and lactic build up.
Coaches and Parents......
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