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  • We analyze each element of the athletic activity and determine its constituent parts. The Performance Coaches provide us with an evaluation of the client’s existing skill set. Instructors further refine the constituent parts based upon the Performance Coach’s evaluation of the client’s existing skill set.
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    • 1. Sports
      Linda Gautie, Kellie Johnston, Nicolle Parks, Joan Prevett, LizanneSchectman, Ruth Sheehan, Vanessa Toomey
    • 2. Who are we?
      What we do:
      We work with adults of all ages who would enjoy developing an athletic skill. Our instructors and performance coaches have over 50 years of collective experience in summer and winter sports.
      What we believe:
      Physical activity enhances an overall sense of well being, can promote physical and mental health, and add quality and years to life.
    • 3. How we work with our clients:
      Each client takes two surveys, one to ascertain preferred learning style and another to identify preferred learning mode based on Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences (MI) profile.
      Our approach is customized to each client. We do address visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning styles with an emphasis on the kinesthetic for learning and performing a skill. To engage our clients we employ multiple instructional entry points and ending points based upon the MI profile.
    • 4. Our Instructional Strategy:
      Each element of our instructional strategy has feeling as its focus
      Analysis of client’s existing skill level
      Determine constituent parts of the activity
      Refine constituent parts based upon existing skill level
      Conduct an instructional session addressing objectives and explaining practice skills and activities
      Personal practice session with a Performance Coach:
      reinforce what was covered in the instructional session
      Coach will demonstrate the skill practice/activity
      Client will perform based upon what was presented and demonstrated
      Coach will provide constant feedback to the client during performance
      Formal feedback session with Instructors, Performance Coaches and Client:
      Client describes how the activity felt, what worked or did not work
      Performance Coach provides feedback on the client’s comments
      Instructors refine instruction as needed based upon formal feedback session
    • 5. Sample Client and Our Customized Solution
      Client Profile
      34 year old mother of two boys, aged 6 and 4
      Wants to learn a baseball skill: hitting a baseball
      No prior baseball hitting experience, only “athletic” activity is ZUMBA
      Wants to pass on skills to her sons who will be playing Tee Ball (has strong motivation here)
      Learning Preference and MI Skill
      Visual/ Kinesthetic
      Performance Coach’s Evaluation of Initial Skill Level
      ZUMBA dance classes have provided client with a decent sense of grounding, flexibility in the hips and waist, fairly strong abdominals
      Needs drilling on the mechanics
      Only needs a little time on stance and can move on to the swing component
    • 6. Learning Objectives: I will work on just two, the stance and the swing movement.
      Objective: Demonstrate Optimum Stance
      Instructor’s Explanation:
      Feet should be just a little more than shoulder distance apart
      Knees should be “soft” or natural, not locked or deeply bent
      Stance should feel grounded and flexible
      Feeling of the stance is one in which you feel that you can harness power from your legs and feel flexible in your upper body at the same time
      Skill Practice/Activity:
      Performance Coach will review instructions that have been provided
      Performance Coach will demonstrate how he determined his best stance
      Client will practice finding their best stance and identify the one that allows a feeling of flexibility and power at the same time. (Identifying what does not work is helpful too.) Performance Coach will provide feedback during practice. Remember to concentrate on how the stance feels.
    • 7. Model
      Objective: Model the swing movement of the bat as related to feet, hips, shoulders, head, eyes and hands
      Instructor’s Explanation: (Quote from Joe Brockoff “The drive begins with the largest muscle and ends with the smallest” perhaps we could show a small clip from Joe’s video on the “Drive” or have pictures of each of these steps
      Swing movement begins in the lower body, the hands are the last to move
      Rotate hips and then step keeping 80% of your weight on the back leg
      Rotate from waist up to shoulders
      Eyes/head look at the ball when it leaves the pitchers hand
      Ball will not be at eye/head level so the head and chin will be lowered a bit
      Hands should be the last to move
      Head should remain down even after swing
      Ball is not released at your head or eye level. Your head and eyes should be lowered toward the zone where the pitcher has thrown the ball
    • 8. Skill Practice/Activity
      Performance Coach will:
      Review instructions that have been provided
      Demonstrate how each part of the body responds when the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand
      Explain where the eyes and head are at each point during the swing
      Describe the feeling and timing of the swing
      Set up the pitching machine in the gym for some initial drills and then will pitch outdoors on a baseball field.
      Client will model what was demonstrated when a pitch is thrown. Coach will provide feedback during and after each attempt to model the swing, focusing on the feeling of each segment of the swing. Take the activity outdoors and experience a live pitch (the Performance Coach).