Seminar Exercises are collections of fictional scenarios designed to raise the consciousness of instructors with respect to how they handle various situations that arise in on-track coaching of students. First presented at the New Jersey Chapter of BMWCCA in the spring of 2003, it received excellent evaluations and promoted a lively discussion. Although there is enough material for hours of interaction, you should limit the use of these exercises to about 90 minutes to prevent 'burn-out'; the old shobiz saw "always leave 'em wanting more" applies.
For the 2005 seminar, there were two new handouts -- material that became part of the revised Instructor Candidate Manual. Students in Hot Cars considers the challenges of teaching basics in a car that mutes and overcomes driver errors. Coaching Advanced Students considers how instructors can contribute to the learning of an advanced driver who is a peer in experience and skill. [Click on the title to view or download a copy.]
For the 2007 seminar, we focused on coaching students to develop "car-feel."
Tips on working with inexperienced drivers with track prepared cars.
Useful techniques for coaching advanced students.
This one-page checklist is designed to help instructors be mindful of what they need to accomplish in the conversation with a student before he goes out on the track.
This series of exercises, invented by Gerry Chang and Blake Smith , focuses the student's attention on how the car is responding and gives instructors a powerful coaching tool to make the student smoother, more confident, and faster.