Team Training 2019 PT. 3: Coaches Share Their Highlights

The 2016-2020 National Team hit the snow with several PSIA-AASI Suppliers at A-Basin today, after a final week of Team Training in preparation for the season.

As the Team prepares to spread across the country—and in some cases the world—leading clinics and workshops, and continuing to expand on the Learning Connection Model, coaches took the opportunity to reflect on all that this Team in particular has accomplished so far:

PSIA-AASI Team Coach Jeb Boyd

We've achieved exactly what we said we would during our first year—complete alignment to the Learning Connection Model. Then we said, wouldn’t it be great for membership and member schools if all disciplines could maintain their own unique identity, but still organize their educational message in the form of technical skills and fundamentals, teaching skills and fundamentals, and people skills and fundamentals? The piece de resistance was when all disciplines united on the creation, and now implementation, of the teaching and people skills. I’m really happy with how this team has accomplished even more than they set out to do.

PSIA Alpine Team Coach Michael Rogan

The dynamics of our entire organization are working well together. We have better collaboration between the National and Divisional pieces than ever before. We have hard working Discipline Task Forces and E.L.C. that have the best intentions to better PSIA-AASI for the benefit of everyone. The amount of days that we spent in membership clinics has grown, and the size of the National Academy has increased beyond belief. We have also developed educational offerings in the form of manuals, E-learning courses, consumer facing skier and rider online videos. Our logo/shield has gotten more publicity and exposure than ever before.

AASI Snowboard Team Coach Scott Anfang

We brought back the Rider Rally, providing a snowboard event for the snowboard membership. The previous team helped identify the need for people skills, which we brought to Interski in Ushuaia, and have seen that develop into one of the three points of the Learning Connection Model. What we were able to accomplish with Burton on joint projects has been amazing, and is not slowing down. We did “the lids videos” a few years back, then the Riglet Park project with kids can snowboard at Interski, and are still going with the Myth Buster projects. This was a massive three, going on four years for this snowboard team, and we have really transformed what the team is about and capable of. The future looks bright for the snowboard team.

PSIA Nordic Team Coach David Lawrence

The nordic team’s continued evolution has honored the development of cross country skiing and telemark skiing as two separate disciplines. With the separation of the disciplines, telemark and cross country enjoy many benefits: greater resource allocation, discipline specific training, clearer membership messaging, and more industry relevancy. Both telemark and cross country have been building and refining discipline specific fundamentals, learning outcomes, performance guides, and E-Learinng courses. An additional accomplishment this term, Telemark and Cross Country National Academies, and the XC team has brought an event to a different division (Central, Western, Northwest) each year during our tenure.

PSIA-AASI Adaptive Team Coach Geoff Krill

This last term has seen the completion of so many projects that have been ongoing for years. We have seen the launch of the Adaptive Technical Manual, which has been a major effort over the last two team terms. This manual is a pinnacle piece when it comes to anything available in the Adaptive Sports industry. The consequent addition to the manual on medications and diagnoses is another incredible resource for anyone working in the adaptive realm. These two pieces alone will guide us for many years to come.

2020-2024 Telemark Team Coach Gregory Dixon

The biggest highlight for this term was our trip to Interski in Pamporovo. The telemark discipline had a strong showing with 56 representatives from 14 different countries. There were some amazing and thought provoking presentations and the best telemark skiing we’ve seen at any event. In addition, we had two super successful Telemark Academy’s at Big Sky in 2018 and 2019. Big Sky provided our membership some beautiful terrain and conditions.

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