February 20, 2011

Parents Information

As you get to know the sport of diving there are several opportunities to learn how to work with your diver, as well as the coaches. The following is intended to help the NOVICE parent understand the challenges of the sport from the sidelines.

Springboard and platform diving is an individual sport; however, learning to dive is a team effort. The support of family and team members makes a difference in building the strength and confidence required to eventually throw one’s body off of a 10 meter platform, and expecting to rip it for 10’s…. or the courage to dive in your first high school 1 meter competition.

It comes from building on experiences (both good and bad), and learning how to face each new dive with confidence that it can be mastered with effort and determination.

Link to “Why parents love diving” by Mike Lang

FAQs The answer to commonly asked questions by parents:

PRACTICE:

Can I watch practice?

Yes…. parents can watch.  We allow parents to watch practice but due to safety reasons we encourage parents not to interact with your diver until their practice period is complete.  This enables the coach and the diver to stay focused.

Why do we pay Booster Club fees, AAU, USD and SPA fees?

Booster Club fees are used to update our facilities, buy new equipment such as trampolines, dry boards and more.  AAU fees and  SPA Fee are ALMOST one-in-the-same. The  2 National Governing Bodies (NGB) in the United States, the AAU and USDiving, have similar local associations names for the So. Cal area. The Southern Pacific Assoc. (SPA) governs, sanctions meets, provides insurance coverage for the athletes and coaches, and helps local clubs with some monetary support for equipment and travel, as well as keeping coaches and athletes in line with standards approved by both NGB’s.

Why do we rotate practice between two pools?

We use two pools because we are utilizing public facilities.  These pools are property of the city and must share the time with other water sports offered throughout the year.

Do we compete in the rain?

YES, we dive in the rain. Though we have the privilege to practice indoors most of our meets are held at “outdoor” pools.  Since the divers are already wet…. only the spectators/parents & coaches suffer during the rain.  If the rain is too intense or if windy conditions exist which affect diving safely, meets will be stopped.  NOTE: If there is lightning, the pool is always closed.

Where can I get a team suit?

Team suits, can be purchased at Competitive Aquatic Supply (CAS) in Huntington Beach or download the order form from our Members section.

When will my child move from Novice to JO?

Moving to J.O. is not predicated on time spent at diving but by the ability to execute the required number of dives for JO for their particular age group.  Please talk to your child’s coach for specific guidelines.

When can I increase the time spent at diving?

Increasing practice is a decision that will be decided collaboratively between the diver, parent and coach.  Coaches love to see children excited about diving but don’t want them to burn out.  Some children are ready to increase the time at the pool at a young age where others are better to keep the time down to a minimal.  Talk to your coach for more specific guidelines.

What should I expect at a dive meet?

When you arrive the diver (and parent) will be asked to confirm all dives prior to final registration.  It will be important for your diver (and you) to know the dives that will be executed for that meet.  Registration will be done for each board separately, therefore if you diver is going to dive both 1 and 3 meter you will register for each board.   Parents will find a location to sit and watch the fun and the diver should touch base with his/her coach immediately.  There are warm up dives early in the morning and practice is also available prior to each event.  After an event takes place the scores and placement of each diver is done immediately after the event.  For example, if your diver is scheduled for 9am event for 1 meter: you will probably arrive around 7am , register, practice 7-9 am , compete 9am and be at the awards presentation by 10am .  This is only an example and times are effected by the number of divers registered for each event.

What should I bring to a dive meet?

Most dive meets have seating and food available but not all.  It is good to talk to other parents that have been to that location in the past.  To be safe it is always good to bring chairs, about two towels for each event, warm clothes to change after events, showers are usually available, sunscreen, food that is familiar and easily digestible for your diver, leave early for the event, and notify your coach if you cannot attend the meet.