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Discussion: I'll bite

in: acjospe; acjospe > 2015-11-14

Nov 16, 2015 2:26 AM # 
What is involved in coaching? I'm there every so often and I at least can pretend to know how to ski sometimes.
Nov 16, 2015 3:49 AM # 
Send Rob an email if you're really interested, and maybe a resume/cv/letter of interest. What we need right now is not a Frank/John-equivalent (i.e. doing your workout and inviting the kids) - we need somebody who will teach newbies how to ski, basically standing around and being patient and freezing to death while not showing them how slow you think they're going. We need someone willing to commit enough evenings (make that afternoons) and weekends to develop a trusting relationship with the kids. We need someone willing to stand around and watch other people ski so they can video. We need someone understanding and patient and kind, with a sense of humor. We need someone who is willing to take the shit from overly-entitled parents without losing it. We need someone not with impeccable ski technique, but with impeccable capacity to teach it.

Coaching juniors is a different game than coaching college athletes. You're developing them into people, not training highly-tuned athletes. And you're coaching the parents, as much as the kids.

So when I say "we need more coaches", I'm not begging for help, because we're pretty picky. I'm more just whining about trying to be two places at once. Luckily I'm good at that skill :)
Nov 16, 2015 4:05 AM # 
Oh, I've coached high school. I know what that's like. It's a lot of standing around, a lot of technique, a lot of relationship building. Yeah, not sure I can/want to commit to that, but will think about it. Because it can be rewarding, right? Almost as rewarding as feeling your fingers and toes.

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