Online Practice Jam Gets Results

In early July, 50 riders registered for a month-long Online Practice Jam focusing on the Baseline Balance Skills course. They had the opportunity to work on their track stand, hopping, and rocking skills with each other and several RLC coaches and ambassadors via a private RLC community forum.

This Jam was led by Griff Wigley (Coach) and Kai Ashbee (Ambassador). When they weren't busy running the Jam, they practiced right alongside the other participants.

What is a Jam? 

If you're not familiar with the RLC Online Practice Jams (this was our third), here are the basics:

  1. Jams are time-limited events done in a private online forum.
  2. A small, focused group along with a common goal has been proven to help members turn their practice intentions into actual practice sessions.
  3. At the start of a Jam, everyone posts what they plan to practice, how often, where, etc. Throughout the Jam, everyone posts updates. Posting videos of practice sessions is encouraged.
  4. Feedback is...
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Crouch or stand tall? Compare two approaches to these two jumps

I'm Griff Wigley, one of several online coaches for Ryan Leech Connection, and like many of my RLC colleagues, I'm taking some of the courses while coaching in others. Currently, I'm doing both in the Jump With Confidence course.

I've progressed to where I'm a solid beginner on small tabletops. When members pose questions or post videos of their practice sessions for the initial stages of the course, I've not only got the lesson material fresh in my brain. I've got my own recent struggles and practice session experiences to draw on when I respond to them.

Here's a recent example from the course, about 1/3 of the way through. The student was having trouble getting much lift jumping a small gap with a rather steep launch ramp. He submitted a video, with his questions focused on his body position as his rear wheel left the lip of the ramp.

Looking at his approach, however, it seemed to me that part of his difficulty began much earlier. So I took a screengrab of the...

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