Why Springboard Diving Coaches say Teamwork is Important

When most people think of springboard diving, they conjure up images of the dedicated solitary diver on the board gathering his focus and concentration as he prepares to dive. But what most fail to see is the foundation the diver rises from that was built with the brickwork of earnest teamwork. The best San Diego springboard diving coaches instill teamwork into their students to help them develop and mature as professional athletes aiming high to reach the horizon of success. Understanding why teamwork is such an important part of a sport like springboard diving that appears so solitary will help parents and athlete divers understand the meaning of the old saying “there is no I in team”. Teamwork Defined When looking at teamwork as a concept to fit the mold of springboard diving, Andrew Carnegie’s definition sums it best: “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” As every diver is well aware, each athlete shares a common goal: to improve at their sport and excel past their perceived abilities. Furthermore, a diver must be extremely organized in his diet, exercise routine, practice sessions and excel at school. Because all divers share these goals, they can work together to achieve them. Skill level, age and experience is a mute point when it comes to teamwork and diving, as each diver in his or her own class is trying to accomplish improvement, and through the egress of teamwork divers can support one another and help foster...

Three Things Every Parent Should Consider for the Best Springboard Diving Coach

When it comes to our kids, good parents go above and beyond to make sure their children receive the best education, coaches, teachers and have outlets that help them mature and grow into healthy, well-rounded human beings. But all too often, and at no fault of their own, parents select coaches based solely on their skill in the sport at hand and not on their ability to communicate, mentor and be a good, positive role model in their child’s life. Well-rounded coaches help nurture and grow well-rounded kids. Everything a coach does from the way she instructs, to her educational background, and to the way she inspires her athletes through indisputable passion are all vital parts to the entire coaching package. Communication Some coaches are exceptional motivators, but lack key communication skills. ‘New York Daily News’ answered the question asking what parents should know about their child’s coach, and listed communication skills at the top of the criteria pyramid. The publication states that “the coach should go over basics with the [athletes] and parents, such as […] policies and […] evaluations, so that everyone is on the same page. She should also cover her coaching philosophy, like how much she values winning, which will likely vary depending on the age and level of play”. Robert Price, owner of the sports psychology consulting agency Elite Minds LLC, says that if you don’t see communication from the coach prior to the events, a red flag raises because you will probably not see communication during the sport in progress either. The best San Diego springboard diving coaches will be trained communicators, knowing how...

San Diego Springboard Diving Lessons: How to Overcome Mental Barriers in Competitions

If you are watching the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics you will have likely heard the commentators talk about the importance of athletes overcoming mental barriers and relaxing during competition. Whether competing in the Olympics or participating with a springboard diving San Diego team, mental barriers will surface as they are natural obstacles athletes at all levels encounter in competitive sports. By knowing what some of these mental barriers are common to springboard diving, athletes and parents can be prepared to face them head-on in a healthy and constructive manner. And as such, the best San Diego springboard diving lessons will cover these mental bases. Performance Fears As athletes approach the diving board, there is a lot of pressure on their shoulders. All eyes are on them, waiting to examine their every move while all along the athlete is trying to ensure he is lined up correctly, has his breathing under control and is focusing on the moves and steps necessary for completing a successful dive. According to ‘Psychology Today’, performance fears in sports are common in athletes all over the country, as their effort to protect themselves from perceived threat or the expectation of threat that they make them lose sight as to why they are positioning themselves for the dive in the first place. The athlete will lose focus without even realizing it. When students are engaged in springboard diving lessons, good coaches are cognizant to complex topics such as this. Often these athletes become scared of both failing and succeeding. ‘Psychology Today’ states that, “the key to managing these performance anxieties is to disarm the fire alarms....

San Diego Springboard Diving Lessons: Getting to Know Your Diving Board

  Just ask a baseball player how much his bat weighs, what it is made out of, and where the sweet spot is, and he will give you enough information to write a book. It is every athlete’s responsibility to know the ends and outs of every piece of equipment they use in their sport. Springboard diving is no different; the diving board alone is a complex piece of equipment that allows divers to get the height and hang time they need. By understanding the springboard, divers can better appreciate the foundation of their sport. And while students learn every exciting accouterment in their springboard diving lessons, a good springboard diving coach will help them understand how the diving board works with every bodily movement performed by a diver. What is a Diving Board Made Out Of? When you were a child and you looked out the window of an airplane, did you ever imagine walking across the wing like the superheroes do in the movies? If you are a springboard diver you can do the next closest thing, as today’s springboards are constructed from a single piece of aircraft-graded aluminum. When you make it to the big stage in competitive diving you will be standing on the MaxiFlex Model B—the board used at the professional and semi-professional levels. It is made form the above mentioned materials and is heat treated for a maximum strength of 50,000 psi. The bumpy surface on the board is there to prevent divers from slipping and is made using an epoxy resin that is finished off with a laminate piece of flint silica...

Springboard Diving Coaches Dousing Mom’s Concerns About Kids and Diving Injuries

As moms caring for our little ones is something embedded deep within our nature that comes as easily as the instinct to take a breath. As such we want to encourage our kids to partake in extra curricular activities that teach a skill, boost confidence, and prepare them to become successful adults. When watching their children dive off springboards or platforms, a mother may cringe if she hasn’t already instructed her child to get down. But the truth of the matter is this: springboard diving in San Diego is one of the safest sports out there so long as the child is under the guidance of our professional springboard diving coaches trained and certified in San Diego to teach kids of all ages how to dive safely and confidently. Diving VS Gymnastics Parents tend to rope diving and gymnastics together. After all, both sports require discipline, the ability to push the limits, and professional coaching. However, springboard diving coaches will tell you that diving is a significantly safer sport resulting in few injuries compared to gymnastics-related injuries. According to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) an estimated 425,900 children aged 6 to 17 years of age were treated for gymnastic-related injuries in the U.S. alone between 1990 and 2005. After all, gymnastics involves high-impact movements on hard surfaces whereas diving involves low impact movements into water. The Truth Comes Out Springboard diving coaches state the pure and simple truth: kids can get hurt when they are actively engaged in any sport or physical activity. However, when your child is under the watchful eye of one of our certified...