Welcome to the Parent Corner! We have all the resources you will need to help you feel more comfortable when it comes to the world of diving.
We know the sport of diving can be hard to understand from the outside looking in, so we want to help you feel more involved with our club and the sport.
Dive numbers and their letters are best explained as the "lingo of diving", they can be seen during a diving practice, on a diver's list for a meet, and are most commonly seen at a dive meet. They help communicate to everyone what dive the athlete will be doing so instead of someone saying, "George is doing a front one and a half pike on the three-meter springboard." Which is a mouth full, you would instead hear, "George is doing a 103B on three-meter springboard." Now that sounds more like it!
Dive numbers and their letters can seem infinite but they are not as intimidating as you would think.
In the link below you will get a breakdown of common dives and learn how the numbers and letters function.
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As a parent, you may find it difficult to approach a coach with a question or concern. Remember that a coach is here to help not just your child, but you as well, and you should feel comfortable discussing any issue with them.
The best way to communicate with a coach is through email or by reaching out to them on our app that we use called TeamSnap. Another great way to talk to your child's coach is before or after practice when they are doing check-in or pick-up at the group's designated doors. If the question/topic is something you feel will be discussed at length, ask for a time to meet with them. It is helpful to remember that coaches are most likely concerned with long-term goals and may have a different perspective than a parent might. Lastly, remember that coaches are not only concerned with the best interests of your child, but also with the well-being of the team as a whole.
Our dryland gym at COM Aquatics is one of the best facilities in Texas. We are grateful to have this space to train our diving team and give them all the tools they could need that you aren't going to find at a lot of other facilities, especially right next to the pool! In our gym, we not only have two in-ground trampolines, three dry-boards (diving boards in the gym), and two foam floors, but we also have belts for spotting over all of the equipment to help our athletes with learning and building upon skills and dives that will transfer to the water.
Something that is surprising to all new families is that dryland training is a staple for any athlete that is in the sport of diving. It makes up 80% of our developmental programs as it is a necessary tool to teach our athletes before letting them try jumps and dives in the water. For instance, before an athlete can do a new dive from any height in the water, they must go through all the fundamentals and progressions in the gym. This doesn't happen in a day, it takes time to get all the fundamentals for one dive.
Even though every athlete progresses differently, we want to give them ample time to learn as much as possible before moving on to the next group. Given that, we invite divers to move up to the appropriate group that will fit where they are at on a skill level. Not solely based on their age. We send out these invitations at the end of the season, which is normally late August or early September. We wait until the end of the season for a few reasons, one them is to give our coaching staff time to evaluate and determine not only who is ready, but what changes need to be made to the curriculums to help everyone progress accordingly. We do this by having developmental groups go through the Dryland Mini Prixs. This shows us a multitude of things that help determine whether an athlete is ready to move up to the appropriate group.
For any questions, you may have about this process, feel free to contact
us via email or phone by going to the "Contact Us" tab.
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