CONTRIBUTIONS REGARDING THE IMPROVING OF THE INITIAL SELECTION STAGE FOR SKI JUMPING – 6-8 YEAR – OLD CHILDREN
Getting prestigious results worldwide by increasingly younger athletes, and the increase of the number of athletes fighting for Olympic and world medals involve great changes also in the methodology of the athletic selection and training of ski jumpers. Thus, every nation, retaining certain conservative notions, has its own methods of selecting, educating, and training young athletes, methods that are adapted to age particularities, training conditions, and acquired management possibilities. The main premise from which this study has started is to inject the teams inscribed in the MOVE & JUMP program with new generations of ski jumpers. The actual research regarding the optimization of the selection techniques has given particular importance to finding a battery of tests for the identification of the bio-psycho-motor skills that can be used for prognostication. The practical experiment was conducted between October 25 and 27, 2015, at the Rasnov Olympic Base for Winter Sports.