As I make my way through the coach journal/portfolio and revisit old but still good material, along with some new and appealing ideas; this one came up. I think that it is pertinent not only to younger and youth riders but even more so with adults: The High Five®️Principles! They are;
- A caring leader – instructor, teacher, coach!
- The opportunity to make friends, find riding partners, communicate and learn with them
- An opportunity to play, to have fun while learning a skill or technique; WB pickup. Unstructured play; bike ballet, follow the leader.
- An opportunity to master skills, to participate in repetitions, to practice in a progressive manner. To let loose that innate drive to strive and learn a technique that imparts confidence with competence.
- An opportunity to participate in healthy competition with your fellow riders and along with that, the opportunity to support and cheer them on.
In a program based on these principles, activities include everyone and provide a huge opportunity to let loose that famous slogan from the AM Fondo in Penticton, ‘Ride Hard, Smile Often™️’
I strive to make skill sessions, clinics, even workouts, that follow the above principles although I didn’t have a catchy name like High Five®️!
And that’s Day 10, what’s strong with me.