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Old 12-20-2011, 08:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default I need help coaching a 7 year-old with her toeside turns

My 7 year-old daughter is having a hard time completing her toeside turns. As she transitions from her heel edge onto her toe edge she kind of "balls up" and pitches forward onto her knees rather than bring the board around through the arc of the turn. The board isn't quite carving into the turn but goes in a straight line as she pitches forward.

She has had three days of coaching with an instructor starting from complete beginner stage. He played a game of Dwarfs and Giants, so to continue that lesson I've been telling her to get small on the heelside turns, get tall on the toeside turns. Conceptually I think she understands, but in practice I interpret that she is bailing out as she initiates the turn because it looks to me as if she enters the turn expecting to fall forward.

Any tips on how to help a little kid round out her toeside turn instead of just flopping forward?

When I was working on riding switch last week I found that rotating my back leg outward helped bring the tail of my board around. Her bindings are set duck at +9/-9. Do you think that changing her bindings to +12/-12 might help rotate her back leg out?
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