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.
Sports Performance Konsultants Partnership Instructors: Linda Gautie, Kellie Johnston, Nicolle Parks, Joan Prevett, LizanneSchectman, Ruth Sheehan, Vanessa Toomey
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.
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.
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
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 Linguistic/Bodily-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
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.
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
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).