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Freestyle Accreditation Course Description
Division of PED-Stuart Corporation
by Ted Fleischer AASI Examiner
he NEW Freestyle Accreditation (FSA) program, offered by the AASI Eastern Division, is a ramped up version of the course that had been offered prior to this season. The biggest change is the assessment portion of the process. At each of the three levels (Fundamental, Intermediate and Advanced), riders must show not only an ability to combine safe, fun teaching segments with solid freestyle mechanics, but also be able to demonstrate an appropriate level of proficiency in performing freestyle tricks appropriate to each level. As opposed to years past, where completion of the levels was exclusively participatory, riders must now pass all three areas (riding, teaching, pro knowledge) at each level before being able to attempt any assessment at the next level. The format will be at the course conductor’s discretion, taking the weather, the venue and the level into account; however, participants can generally expect the following scenario: Day 1 will be a soft focus on riding, with a heavy focus on teaching and movement/pro knowledge; Day 2 will be a heavy focus on riding, with a softer focus on teaching and movement/pro knowledge. The overall setup may vary from individual sequential runs to a jam format, or a combination of methods. A full description of the minimum performance expected from candidates for each level will be posted on the Eastern website. With a range of expectations, from a solid instructor who frequently teaches intro park lessons all the way to the seasoned freestyle instructor who occasionally wins purses in competitions, there is opportunity for those interested in a future in freestyle to share their experience with others, and to learn new tricks from others who share their passion. Stick it! Hope to see you there. ■
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