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2012 - Year in Review

Monday December 31, 2012

David Boudia of the United States and Tom Daley of Great BritainObviously the big story in 2012 was the success of the U.S. team at the London Olympics. David Boudia's gold in platform and three medals in synchro. But there were other events and stories that were prominent in 2012, and so you wouldn't want to spend 2013 wondering what they were, here are my highlights.

Concussions And Diving

Thursday December 20, 2012

Concussions can occur in any sport in which there is physical contact, or contact with any type of object (like a board or the water). Do you know how to spot a concussion, or what to do if you suspect one?

Is is Christmas Time Again!

Wednesday December 19, 2012

Happy HolidaysIt's just a few more days until Christmas, so I guess that means it is time to break out in song and I can't think of a better song to sing than the "Twelve Days of Christmas." Of course this is a diving site, so the song would not be complete without a diving reference. Okay, twelve diving references!

Not One, But Two Diving Shows!

Thursday December 6, 2012

Not one, but two diving shows! This is unprecedented. ABC will air a show that is a series and based on a popular Dutch series "Sterren Springen." Each week the celebrities that participate are asked to do more and more difficult dives and they are eliminated until one "diver" is deemed the winner. One of the judges for this show will be Olympic medalist Greg Louganis.

Not to be upstaged, FOX will air a two-hour special titled 'Stars in Danger: The High Dive.' It is set to debut on January 9, 2013 and will feature 2012 Olympic medalist Troy Dumais. The list of participants is intriguing: JWoww, Jersey Shore; Bethany Hamilton, professional surfer; Alexandra Paul, Baywatch alum; Kim Richards, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills; Kyle Richards, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills; David Chokachi, Baywatch alum; Terrell Owens, former NFL star; Antonio Sabato Jr., actor/model.

I will be excited to see who smacks first!

Receiving a Fail Dive

Thursday November 29, 2012

Getting a fail dive in a meet is not much fun. In fact it ... well, you know what I mean. You loose a whole bunch of points and it can really have an adverse effect on a diver's confidence level. Most of the time it occurs because the dive is done improperly and the diver "fails" to complete the number of somersaults or twists. But sometimes it happens because a diver, or the coach doesn't know the rules. So it is important to know what those rules are so that it doesn't happen.

While it may seem obvious that a diver can't double bounce the board, that two balks equal a fail dive, or that you can't give a call during the meet, many times a diver doesn't know this or has come from a developmental league where these things are permissable. So look over this list of reasons for a fail dive and know it by heart for your next competition.

Winterize Your Diving Equipment

Wednesday November 28, 2012

Diving BoardsWhen your outdoor pool shuts down for winter, it's important to take care of your equipment so that it will be ready for use when spring and summer roll around. No one likes to spend hours rehabbing a diving stand or trampoline that has been left to suffer during the winter months. Add to that the fact the equipment will last longer and your budget will have a decidedly black tint to it instead of that ugly red color!

Seven "Simple" Coaching Tips

Monday November 26, 2012

Do you know what the acronym KISS stands for? It came from a famous aircraft engineer who worked at Lockheed Skunkworks - the division that produced a series of highly secret aircraft such as the stealth fighter. It stands for Keep It Simple Stupid. Now there is no doubt that he was not telling his brilliant engineers and designers that they were stupid, but just that the simpler that things are, the less likely they are to break down and easier to fix.

How does this apply to diving? The simpler the instructions are the more apt they are to be understood, and the simpler the physical movement the easier it is to correct a mistake. KISS is one of the seven coaching tips. Here are the rest ...

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving to all! Many times we get caught up in our own little world of diving and forget the big picture, and the fact that we even get the chance to participate in a sport as wonderful as diving. Many don't get that chance and struggle just to survive. So count your blessings, enjoy the day, eat lots of turkey and give thanks for what you have.

Duraflex & Durafirm Diving Equipment

Friday November 16, 2012

Duraflex Stand and BoardWhat makes a Durafirm diving stand so much better than the rest. There are multiple reasons. Quality of construction comes to mind. A stand can sit outside for over 20 years and with a little TLC can be quite functional. Another reason is the fact that the board is attached to hinges instead of being bolted to stand. These are facts that every coach and aquatic administrator with a diving facility should know.

Signing Day Starts Monday!

Thursday November 8, 2012

That's right; the NCAA signing period for what is affectionately known as "all other sports" begins on Monday, November 12th. So what does this mean? The signing period is a specified amount of time that the NCAA designates during which, an athlete will commit to attending a school by signing a National Letter of Intent.

The letter of intent is an agreement between an athlete and a collegiate sports program that states that the athlete will attend the school for one year in return for an athletic scholarship.

Several interesting facts about the National Letter of Intent (NLI) are:

  • You are not allowed to sign one unless you will receive athletic aid.
  • Signing of the NLI is completely voluntary.
  • If you sign the NLI then the recruiting process is supposed to end - no more calls, letters or emails.

The early signing period for "all other sports" runs from November 12th until November 21st, and applies to division I and II NCAA schools and the athletes who plan to attend those schools. Division III athletes do not sign an NLI because DIII schools do not give athletic scholarships.

Let the signing begin!

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