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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