How To Rate A Ski Instructor

PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors Association) has established standards for ski instructors in the industry. There are currently three levels of ski instructor certification in the U.S. At cert exams, a system of scoring three specific skill categories is used by examiners to ultimately determine if a candidate has reached the level of standards (actual current Level III Scorecard here). I feel like I can generally use the items scored as a means to continue to informally score myself as well as other instructors in our training.

I. Teaching/Technical

Safety — Lesson is conducted safely

Identification

  • Verifies Discovered Motivations
  • Verifies Understanding Needs
  • Verifies Movement Needs

Presents Goal Statement Relevant to:

  • Motivational Needs
  • Understanding Needs
  • Movement Needs

Facilitation

  • Presentation Addresses Learning/Teaching Style Considerations
  • Lesson Supports Goal Statement and Follows Logical Progression
  • Lesson and Feedback are Technically Accurate
  • Demonstrations Supports Presentations
  • Engages Participants with 2-way Interactions

II. Movement Analysis/Technical

Observation /  Description in Multiple Skill Pools

  • Describes Ski Performance in 3 Phases of Turn
  • Describes Body Performance in 3 Phases of Turn

Cause & Effect Relationships in Multiple Skill Pools

  • Relates Body to Ski Performance in 3 Phases of Turn
  • Relates Skill to Skill Performance in 1 Phase of Turn

Prescription for Change in Multiple Skill Pools

  • Describes More Ideal Ski Performance in 3 Phases of Turn
  • Describes More Ideal Body Performance in 3 Phases of Turn
  • Describes More Ideal Skill to Skill Performance in 1 Phase of Turn

III. Skiing Maneuvers (Demos)

  • Wedge Christie
  • Short Radius Basic Parallel in Bumps
  • Linked Railroad Track Turns
  • Medium Radius Carved Turns
  • Linked Pivot Slips
  • Performance Short Radius Turns
  • Bumps
  • Variable Terrain and Snow Conditions
  • Freestyle element

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