PSIA-AASI Team Training is taking place indoors in Breckenridge and on the slopes of Arapahoe Basin in Colorado this week, where fresh snow and frigid temperatures brought winter in early.
This is the last full season for the 2016-2020 PSIA-AASI National Team, whose many accomplishments include a breakthrough international presentation of The Learning Connection Model (LCM) at Interski 2019 in Pamporovo, Bulgaria, the creation of a robust E-Learning platform, significant steps toward complete alignment of the LCM across divisions, and an equipment agnostic ‘ONEteam’ approach to teaching that unites instructors across disciplines.
Of the ONEteam approach, which might have seemed impossible 10 years ago, particularly among skiers and snowboarders, PSIA-AASI Director of Education Dave Schuiling joked, “To quote Steve Martin, ‘It’s like cats and dogs are living together.’ There is no separation, no silos. This is ONEteam and this simple collaboration will drive greater outcomes into the future.”
Schuiling added, “This team is modeling the behavior that is necessary to move the needle and grow snowsports. The power of working collaboratively was punctuated at Interski. This ONEteam has also grown across all PSIA-AASI education leaders as we’ve seen more collaboration across our entire association.”
While the opportunity for continual improvement is a constant goal for PSIA-AASI members, it applies to Team Training as well. As Team Head Coach Jeb Boyd said, “This year’s training is twofold. First is the opportunity to give back to the teams. Professional development is our theme and we have a guest presenter Jim Taylor, focusing on the aspect of sports psychology.”
“The outcome of this element of training is to help individuals on the team to do their job better and to provide growth opportunities to them,” Boyd said. “Secondly, is to rally around Fall Conference and ultimately, implementation work of the LCM in to the certification process.”
Dr. Taylor, who specializes in the psychology of performance and sports, said of working with the Team, “I love working with passionate and motivated people. Collaborating these three days in Colorado will hopefully yield some deep insights, useful information, and practical tools that the pros can use for themselves as athletes and with their students as educators.”
Along with working with the Team to remove any obstacles that could them back from performing their best in tryouts, Dr. Taylor also shared some sage advice for all PSIA-AASI members to follow this year.
“All PSIA-AASI pros are great snowsport athletes,” he said. “They know how to teach people how to ski and ride better. Yet, in my view, the most important things they do with their clients are mental.”
He said, “I would like all pros to enter this winter with a focus on how they can help their clients become more motivated, confident, relaxed, and focused. Because, as we all know, if skiers/riders feel good about themselves, they will have more fun, they will improve, and they will want to come back again.”