Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Skate Team 2010

I believe this is the 4th year that SMS has had a Skate Team, and turnout is higher than ever. I often think back on the strong skaters I have had on the team. Names like Ellery Hollingsworth, James Haffner and of course Rick Shimpeno. Four years of skating the SMS park does wonders for these kids, and I have already seen rapid progression from skaters like Connor Hudson, Jamie Charron, Chip Linton and Josh Cohen. And although I miss the Old Guard, I still have veterans Hunter Wood and Chris Tierney setting the tone. James Haffner has made almost every session this fall too.
The other cool facet of the team is the female participation. Quincy, Makayla and Phoebe show up and skate without pause for hours and are unknowingly enhancing their riding styles.

Chris Tierney steps up a lipslide with Ross' approval.

Peter Cerullo and Ross Powers get down on the extension

Skate Team Fall 2010 is:
Ross Powers
Hunter Wood
Chris Tierney
Owen Barth
Chip Linton
Mike Perle
Makayla Tierney
Jamie Charron
Connor Callen
Ezra Racine
Josh Cohen
Quincy Korte-King
Maverick Shaw
With frequent guest visits from James Haffner

Connor, Chip and Tierney skate like locals at the Chester Park

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

SMS Snowboarders are Back for the Hardest Season Of The Year.

Sunrise, five days a week. Sweet.
Great to have everyone back on campus and finally getting to get started with the new team. New PD. So many graduates and so many new kids taking their turn. Big in the youth department, ("Breakers" in usasa lingo. We usually have two or three. We have four for full-term and five on the way for the winter). Four senior boys, zero senior girls and our roster is full! These near total reloads are one of the toughest things to continually face as a coach but also what keeps it fresh. Early spring in the cycle of a team.
We took this opportunity to change up our fitness testing and preceded it with a functional movement screen on every athlete. The concept briefly is to identify weakness and imbalance in an athlete's basic movement patterns before training on top of that pattern. Then we add appropriate movement prep and stretches to begin our training sessions and teach the body to fire muscles in the correct sequence, i.e. stabilizers first. Accordingly we removed a couple tests that are not functionally appropriate to our sport and added a couple that don't simply stress poor patterning while testing fitness or toughness. Some people think that if one can test well even with a funny pattern "than why change it?" but the consensus opinion is that this will lead to injury, "topping out" in performance and the great American sore back.
Tanner Barret took the beep test to a higher level.
Hunty doing doubles on the old fasioned tramp.
So then we changed out the 1.5 mile run for the "beep test". The sit-up test is now the 7 level sit-up test. Girls now do box jumps for the same amount of time as the boys since their are no girls' pipes and no girls' jumps. Finally we dropped the bench press and have measured each rider to acquire their PHV. Peak Height Velocity refers to an individuals' maturation peak and helps us implement the appropriate training for each. All of these changes make it safer for us to help the athletes train for power and performance they can use on snow. This is the hardest time of year for a bunch of kids who mostly just want to go ride. When the workouts are tougher in the later fall they will be significantly stronger physically, more stable in their techniques and movements and mentally familiar with the difference between good and bad discomfort. Support them. Love them and understand the occasional crankiness.