Friday, July 16, 2010

Mari's Mailbag: Practice Makes Perfect

submitted by Marianna Monentes



Woke up this morning from a few days away and have a message from Harbor Piers...seems he, too, is bringing a trophy home!! I have to tell you, this team makes me so proud. Harbor has really done an awesome job this last season and inspired so many. He became a SLSA Director, and I haven't had much time to touch bases as much with him but wanted to share his great story!! He got a Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) Top Ten trophy - WTG Harbor !!! Thats incredible!! He says just a Top Ten trophy and a 5th place surfboard, like it's no big deal.  That's Harbor.  He never gloats, so I had to.

Let this be a reminder to anyone out there praciticing hard, it does pay off. Harbor said something once and it went something like this, "The difference between an amateur and a pro is practice." Cannot stress enough about practice and asking everyone you meet for advice and, like Jimbo pointed out, also give advice when asked.  It's so important to constantly share and exchange tips.

How well one improves with practice depends on several factors, such as the frequency it is engaged in, and the type of feedback that is available for improvement. If feedback is not appropriate (either from an instructor or from self-reference to an information source), then the practice tends to be ineffective or even detrimental to learning. If a student does not practie often enough, reinforcement fades, and he or she is likely to forget what was learned. Therefore, practice is often scheduled, to ensure enough of it is performed to reach one's training objectives.

How much practice is required depends upon the nature of the activity and upon each individual. Some people improve on a particular activity faster than others. Practice in an instructional setting may be effective if repeated only 1 time (for some, simple verbal information) or 3 times (for concepts), or it may be practiced many times before evaluation (a dance movement). Since surfing is evaluated, Harbor is exactly right. So what is it going to be? It's all up to you.

Next time you see Harbor, he loves to share tips and ideas.  Practice a bit with him, and you will no doubt improve!!
See you at the podium!

1 comment:

Jimbo said...

I tell every kid I coach in real life…
"Practice hard, and the game will come easy"