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Eastern Fall Festival - October 22, 2016









Presentation schedule 2016 - 2017 Eastern Region Fall festival

When: Saturday October 22nd, 2016

Where: Snowshed base lodge.

 Killington, VT. Directions here

Coach's Education Credit will be given for Coaches attending the whole day.

Presentation schedule:

8:00am- 8:45am: Registration

8:45am-9:15am: Martin Guyer-  Welcome, know your Eastern staff, vision, mission and values – Importance of goal setting.

Martin is current USSA Eastern Region development director.

9:15am-10:15am: Brandon Dyksterhouse-  Bike racing, happiness and ski coaching. Reflections on the World Cup and essential ski technique for fast skiing.

Brandon’s most recent coaching role was that of USST head women’s technical team. Working with athletes Mikaela Shiffrin, Resi Steigler, Lila Lapanja and Paula Moltzan

10:15am-10:30am: 15’ break

10:30am-11:30am: Barbara Ann Cochran- Mindset, the power of confidence and mental training for peak performance on race day.

Barbara Ann is a former Olympic gold medalist and world cup skier who now trains other aspiring skiers with her program “How to gain the competitive edge”.

11:30am-12:30pm: Dani Koch- Functional movement assessment and strength training for the key movements in skiing.

Dani is head women’s alpine coach and head conditioning coach for the Green Mountain Valley School in Waitsfield, VT. 

12:30pm-1:30pm:  Lunch break

1:30pm-2:45pm: Dr. Jim Taylor- Prime Ski Racing: Train Your Mind like a Champion (via Skype)

“Drawing on his own international ski-racing experience and more than 30 years of consulting with junior-elite, collegiate, and World Cup ski racers, Dr. Taylor will show attendees the importance of mental preparation for training and races, regardless of the age or ability level of the racer. This workshop, based on his online mental training course, Prime Ski Racing 101: Train Your Mind like a Champion, will focus on five mental “muscles” that most influence performance: motivation, confidence, intensity, focus, and mindset. Dr. Taylor will describe the essential role these factors play in both training and competition. He will then describe simple and practical mental tools coaches can use to strengthen these areas, including positive self-talk, intensity control, and keywords, and how they can be incorporated directly into their training sessions and competitive preparations. (Approx. length: 75 mins.)”

2:45pm-3:00pm: 15’ break

3:00pm- 3:30pm: Kyle Darling- USSA's Development Pathway and snapshot of Eastern Region development programming.

Kyle is current USSA Eastern Region development coach.

3:30pm-3:45pm: Martin Guyer- Farewell and festival end.



Presentations from Fall Festival 2014

     Finding USSA Resources - Click here to see the presentation.

                                     Eric Harlow – USSA,  Former Eastern Region Development Director

 Setting up a Training Environment                                      

                                    Stever Bartlett – Head Alpine Coach, Middlebury College

  Course Setting: Adding Variety and Challenge

                                   Mike Morin – Program Director, Stratton Mountain School

  Functional Ankle Strength in Alpine Skiing

                                   Mike Kenney, USST World Cup Men’s Kombi Coach


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