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:
With frequent guest visits from James Haffner
Connor, Chip and Tierney skate like locals at the Chester Park
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
|Sunrise, five days a week. Sweet.|
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.|