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SUN VALLEY FREESTYLE/FREESKIING TEAM

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GOAL - To further human development both physically and mentally through passion for and commitment to an athletic lifestyle and that skiing be ONE of your athletic expressions.



Development team- 7-11 years old (3-4 year experience)

          The purpose of the S.V. Freestyle Development team is to share our passion for skiing through enthusiastic encouragement of skiing all types of terrain including; moguls, halfpipe, and terrain park features and allow them to experience 1-2 freestyle competitions a season while strengthening friendships in a team environment.

 

Objectives

  • Devo team trains 2 days/week (45 days/season) on snow + 11 fall dryland sessions. 
  • Create strong peer relationships/group dynamics.
  • Instill respect for people, places, and property
  • Build confidence to ski all types of terrain and to jump on skis.
  • Expose young skiers to possibilities of freestyle competitions.

 Skiing skills/technique

  • Body position-Strong athletic stance, leaning forward vs backseat.
  • Vision- looking ahead as well as peripheral vision- awareness of who/what is around you.
  • Establishing strong, wide, rhythmic pole plants keeping hands up.
  • Pressure on ski- Parallel turns, weighting downhill ski, turn initiation beginning with pole plant.
  • Limited skills drills.  90% free skiing 10% drills.  Technique taught through demonstration and chair lift discussions.

 Jumping skills/technique

  • Body position- How take off position relates to landing position.
  • Timing- Knowing when to jump, jumping off of jump
  • Trick progression- Spread eagleà twisterà180à 360
  • Landing- 4 pt landing with head up, hands up, pole baskets forward, engaging strong core muscles.
  • Safety-  Knowing when it is safe to jump, spotting, checking landing, looking uphill when jumping across fall line (snow gun jumps).

 Prep Team-9-11 years old (3 year experience)

          The purpose of the S.V. Freestyle Prep team is to provide young athletes with the opportunities to experience skiing with a more focused approach.  Summer and winter training schedules increase as well as competition schedules.  The Prep team is “Devo advanced”.  It provides 1 after school training session each week (Fridays) on Baldy.  The Prep team trains 59 days on snow + 11 days of fall dryland at the Airbarn. 


Objectives

  • Build upon peer relationships established on Devo team.
  • Continue to instill respect for people, places, and property.
  • Increase confidence towards skiing all types of terrain and all types of snow conditions.
  • Improve jumping skills/aerial awareness through trampoline, water ramp and on snow training.
  • Increased potential for freestyle competitions
  • Prepare athletes for the commitment and dedication of the Comp teams.

 

 Training format- Prep team

  • Prep team trains 3 days/week (Fri-Sun) 59 days/season on snow + 11 days/season of fall dryland sessions.
  • 1 water ramp camp possible, August each year
  • Athletes train on Baldy mtn- moguls, all mountain (off piste terrain) Dollar mtn - halfpipe/terrain park features


 Skiing skills/technique

  • Body position- Head up, chest up, hands up.  Awareness of surroundings, other skiers near you.
  • Pole plant- Consistent, rhythmic
  • Pressuring skis consistently through turn.  Long turn shape to feel edge “hook up- release- hook up” edge to edge
  • Dynamic skiing- Pressure tongue of boot with shin/ankle

 

Jumping skills/technique

  • Body position- Squaring up, balanced on both feet, looking past jump, completing thought of jumping- take off->trick->landing->skiing away.
  • Landing-4 pt landing body position- head up, hands up, baskets forward.  Engaging core muscles.
  • Timing- Take off before initiating trick (exercise patience)
  • Trick progression- Repetition leads to confidence.
  • Safety- Jump site conditions, light conditions, physical condition.

 

Summer/fall dryland jump training

  • Strength and fitness- Core workouts, agility drills
  • Trampoline- Balance, air awareness, vision,

Trick progression- single uprightà double/triple uprightàsingle invertà double invert

  • Landing- Relationship of strong core muscles to strong landings.

Strong leg muscles and landing with knees parallel to reduce knee injuries.                                                                 

Comp Home Team- 12-18 years old (4-7 year experience)

          S.V. Comp home team offers a broad range of opportunities.  The purpose of this team is to introduce younger athletes moving up from Prep team to a more focused and dedicated training schedule, develop maturing social skills and increase strength/coordination towards advancing skiing skills.  Comp home team also allows older athletes who are committed to multiple sports/activities to remain with their peers and continue to train at a reduced training regiment, 2 after school training days and 2 weekend days.

 

Objectives

  • Build upon peer relationships developed on the Devo and Prep teams.
  • Continued emphasis on respect for people, places, and property. (locker room provided)
  • Increase confidence towards skiing all types of terrain and all types of snow conditions.
  • Improve jumping skills/aerial awareness through trampoline, water ramp and on snow training.
  • Prepare athletes for the commitment and dedication of the Comp travel team.

 

Training format- Comp home team

  • Training 4 days/week (Thur-Sun) 75 days on snow + 22 days of fall dryland.
  • 3 summer on snow camps and 4 water ramp camps offered.
  • Increased video analysis, attention to details of skiing skills
  • Commitment towards specific skiing disciplines- moguls, halfpipe, slopestyle.

 

Skiing skills/technique

  • Body position- Introduction to fall line skiing. Separation between upper body/lower body- head, shoulders, hands position vs. hips, knees, ankles position.
  • Pole plant-wide, strong, rhythmic. Wrist cocked.  Reaching to make pole plant near tip of ski. 
  • Initiating turn with tip of ski.  Explanation of ski design-Camber, sidecut, loading/rebound
  • Dynamic skiing- Moving up/downàleads to fore/aft

 

Jumping skills/technique

  • Body position- Emphasis on take off “pop”.  Lifting hips/chest.  Landing-4 pt landing body position- head up, hands up, baskets forward.  Engaging core muscles.
  • Timing- Take off before initiating trick (exercise patience)
  • Trick progression- Repetition leads to confidence.
  • Safety- Jump site conditions, light conditions, physical condition.

 

Summer/fall dryland jump training

  • Strength and fitness- Core workouts, agility drills
  • Trampoline- Balance, air awareness, vision,

Trick progression- single uprightà double/triple uprightàsingle invertà double invert

  • Landing- Relationship of strong core muscles to strong landings.

Strong leg muscles and landing with knees parallel to reduce knee injuries.                                                                

 

Comp Travel team-12-18 yr old (4-7yr experience)

          The purpose of the S.V. Freestyle Competitive Team is to contribute to the individual development of adolescents through intense, high energy, year round ski training.  Our focus is on keeping skiing fun while “doing the work” to help athletes become the best they are capable of becoming.  The Comp team trains June-April with weekly workouts and summer camps ski and water ramp camps.

 

Objectives

  • Develop strong strength of team relationships.  Realization of the power of committing to, supporting, and being part of a team.
  • Stress the power of respect for one’s self and others.
  • Increase confidence towards skiing all types of terrain and snow conditions.
  • Increase confidence to jump. Train the body/mind to overcome fear through trampoline, water ramp and on snow aerial training.
  • Provide training/competition format that allows athlete to set-strategize-assess-and achieve goals.
  • Create training/competitive pipeline for athletes to whose goals are to become professional freestyle skiers.

 

Training Format-Comp travel team

  • Comp team trains 6 days/week (Tue-Sun) 102 days on snow + 22 days of fall dryland training.
  • 3 1-week summer ski camps and 1 fall ski camp possible.
  • 5 water ramp camps possible.
  • Summer dryland training consists of trampoline workouts, strength/endurance workouts, cross training workouts
  • Athletes train dedicated ski disciplines-moguls/halfpipe/slopestyle

 

Skiing skills/technique- Attention to details

  • Body position- Head up, chest up.  Body should match pitch of slope.  Move chest forward while pulling feet back up the slope.  Same as saying, “hips up/tips down”.  Separation between upper body/lower body.  Shoulder, hands, hips stay facing fall line while knees, ankles, and feet turn across fall line.  Eliminate A frame stance by squeezing ankles together.
  • Wide hands, wrist cocked, push palm out. Planting pole near tip of ski.  Correlation between body position and pole plant- body moves up and forward to reach out and make pole plant near tip of ski.
  • Stress “Feel for ski”.  Pressure on downhill ski/unweighting uphill ski.  Ski to snow contact- rocking ski from tip of ski to heelpiece of binding, slight pause and rock forward to tip of ski again.  Trust tip of ski.  Discussion of camber, loading ski, rebound and float to transfer energy from turn to turn.
  • Accepting the speed given to you vs. fighting the speed.  Commit to the pitch of the slope.  Learn to ski through balance adjustments.  Requires core strength and leg strength.
  • Discussion of the “Quick Carve Turn” (QCT)


 Jumping skills/technique

  • Body position- Relationship between take off- execution- landing.  Stress patience on take off.  Jumping off jump, lifting hips. 
  • Timing-Take off before initiating trick.
  • Vision- Spotting through trick.  Head up looking past jump.  Spot landing then head up looking for line.
  • Confidence- Over coming fear. Re-educate the brain to eliminate fear of maneuvers. When you commit to a “fearful” maneuver your brain learns not to be afraid of it.
  • Repetition, Repetition, Repetition.