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HURDLES, POPSICLES, SMACK, OH MY

6/6/19

Dive team practices are off to a great start! We’re in the middle of week #2 for new and returning team members and all of those kiddos trying dive for the first time. They’ve been hitting the boards, learning their hurdles, making friends, eating popsicles and having fun on the mats at the end of practice. Thanks to our coaches and parents for an amazing start to the 2019 summer season!

You’ll hear lots of new dive jargon over the coming weeks, so here’s a little primer to get your feet wet and be in the know. 

JUMP: A jump is a basic skill that can be competed in meets and is quite tricky. You will see lots of jumps at practice for warm-up and even in competition. It takes a lot of muscle control and coordination to jump off of the spring board, keep your body, arms and legs straight, all with pointed fingers and toes. And then there is the back jump….No wobbling allowed.

HURDLE: The point in the approach on the board where the diver lifts one leg and jumps to bounce on the board to get more height. This is taught to even our youngest divers and can take a couple of years to coordinate leg/arm positions into a fluid movement. Extra practice on the deck and at home can help.

SMACK: When a diver lands on their face, legs, back or any part of their body other than their hands/feet. It’s the loud “SMACK” sound heard around the dive well and a right of passage for most. Smacks can be little or big and do (at times) make learning harder dives more challenging. 

RIP: When a diver enters the water in a vertical position making very little splash. It’s a quiet, minimal water movement entry and fun to watch. 

T - Y - Circle Back: This refers to the arm positions divers sequence through when doing a back jump or dive. The arm positions resemble the letters T and then Y, then the diver circles the arms backwards before jumping/diving in backwards. 

DIVE NUMBERS: 103b, 302c….the elusive dive number coding system that we use in meets. Please see the article below as I’m not even going to try to explain it here.

See you on the boards and we hope everyone gets their hurdles, jumps and 101Cs all while never SMACKING! 

For those interested in more lingo and jargon... https://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/news/diving...

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Popsicles for the 9-12 crowd.

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Hurdle practice on the deck.

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More hurdles on the deck with Coach Abbey.

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