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”.
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 success. Experienced springboard diving coaches will know how to board each and every diver on the “teamwork train”, but then it is up to students to actively engage one another in a mutual supportive journey.
When joining a springboard diving team the coach will not only set individual goals, she will likely set group goals to help improve the team’s performance and mental attitude. Having short-term goals that are easy to measure, combined with long-term ones that require greater patience and determination, will help divers develop self-management skills while enhancing their alertness of team importance. In addition to setting goals, instilling a code of ethics to serve as a framework for them will help enhance the importance and further motivate divers to stay on track.
The best springboard diving coaches will not only provide a safe, productive arena for developing a diver’s skills and mental maturity, she will also be a listener and encourage an open forum for discussion. Professional springboard diving coaches like Marnie Young are always open to the team’s ideas and encourages brainstorming so that every student’s feelings and ideas are taken on board and respected as a resource for enriching the group. No athlete wants an instructor who refuses to listen, so make sure that when you join a dive team or enroll in lessons, your instructor is open-minded, in addition to having the skills, experience and education to make her the top of her field so you can be at the top of yours.