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American Flyers Diving

American Flyers Diving is a year-round age group springboard and platform diving club designed to teach and develop athletes from novice to the highest ELITE level. The American Flyers diving team has been an official team member of United States Diving since 1995.

Message from the Flyers

Our ultimate goal is to teach kids how to dive, how to be competitive, and still have fun. We strive to make a positive experience out of learning something new. Diving is very much an individual effort and every person has a different mental and emotional way of learning. With positive motivation and safe skill development, diving can be a great way to achieve both physical and mental confidence. As a club, each individual learns to contribute to the success of the team, building a sense of camaraderie and accomplishment. These are all skills which we believe are useful in life as well.

American Flyers Diving Diving Training Methodology

The American Flyers Diving Club utilizes 3 physical training approaches. The first is the most obvious – diving boards and water. The second is visual training. This includes a digital video system to record and play back each dive on a delay so each athlete can see their last dive as they exit the water. The third, and one of the most important, is less obvious – dry land training. This includes a “dry board,” trampoline (both with overhead spotting rigs), and a workout area.

Dry land training is a key element in the progression of safe skill development for diving. This allows a diver to perform the skills at a basic level and master key body positions before progressing to more difficult skills. Correct form and increased repetition aids in a better foundation for muscle memory which are of great importance to any activity. The process of building muscle memory can be greatly sped up with dry land work. During dry land training, a diver will get through many more repetitions in much less time than they will in the water. This, in turn, maximizes practice time. Another great reward that this type of training can provide for divers is a heightened level of confidence in a shorter amount of time.

 


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You are welcome to order individually anytime, however, individual orders are not guaranteed to be delivered in time for a specific meet. Next bulk order will be done in Fall 2020.

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Announcements, Updates & More!

Improving an Athlete's Ability to Visualize

By Christine Keating 03/30/2020, 11:00am EDT

From Coach Marc:

Some athletes adapt quickly to utilizing visualization.  Others, however, sometimes struggle.  Because visualization is important for athlete and coach success, consider using what’s referred to as the PETTLEP model of motor imagery

The seven key components of the model are:

  • Physical
  • Environmental
  • Task
  • Timing
  • Learning
  • Emotion
  • Perspective
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Please find attached an article about the PETTLEP model.  If you don’t want to read the entire article, I’ve also attached a one page summary of how each component of the model can be achieved and examples for each component.  This time of isolation is a perfect time for your divers and you to hone your ability to visualize.

You can click this link to see the articles: https://1drv.ms/u/s!ApxMtvPZWjCi2yHVc2uj83DLVOgf?e=Xu3CAi

COVID19: Note from Coach Marc

By Christine Keating 03/19/2020, 1:30pm EDT

Hi all! 

I hope everyone is staying healthy. I wanted to write a “tiny” note about our situation & my thoughts. I also think it was good for everyone to take a week totally off to get all school & family things in order. 

These are quite interesting times & will make for good stories in the future. I hope everyone & everyone’s families are staying healthy!

I know this is really frustrating to not be going on with life as normal but there can always be silver linings if we know where & how to look for them. 

This is a perfect time MANY of you can do 1 EXTREMELY important thing to better yourselves in the sport of diving.....get flexible!!!! Many of you are flexible & do a great job in that arena whether it’s genetics or diligence those of you are good to go. The rest that need it, now is the perfect time! If you cannot dive then this forces us to focus & work on other things that may or is currently hold us back. 

Use this time to look into where we can better ourselves....

- Flexibility: is ALWAYS one simple area! Get your hamstrings, shoulders & achilles areas good to go! 

- Knowledge: Pull up Olympic divers & study & slow mo their movements to see their timing on different dives & categories. Watch arm patterns in take offs & twisting dives. 

- Re-focus & build intensity: Decompress & focus to use this time off to really decompress & unwind. Then start firing up the desire & understand the reason why each of us loves this sport & why we do it. This should make you crazy ready to get back to flipping in the air!

- Slow mo take off drills: it takes thousands of precise movements to transfer correctly into a full speed take off at the end of the board. Go through all categories of take offs.

If you work on those key things daily, you will come out of this situation in a much better way. Those are things we don’t spend enough time doing because we tend to focus on the water aspect of diving, which doesn’t always make the greatest divers. This is an opportunity for us all to stretch our creativity. We will send out specific things for you to do but you can also think about these on your own. 

What will make you better in this situation? 

I really hope we can get back to life as normal soon & of course all us coaches miss your smiling faces;)

Thanks for reading my novel.

Marc

COVID19: Join Group Me for Virtual Chat & Note from Coach Curtis

By Christine Keating 03/19/2020, 1:30pm EDT

Divers: Finish the stretching and conditioning that you did not do yesterday! I will repost the list in the Group Me app. If you have any questions, you can ask them there; or if you tap Coach Curtis' picture in the Group Me app he has set up, you can message him directly! 

Mrs Keating will also do her best to post what's in the Group Me app here as well for your convenience. The Group Me app is liked by Coach Curtis because the divers can have an ongoing conversation/chat with him all in one place. :)

The fastest way for me to get divers added to the Group Me app is going to be for you to share this link with your divers and to have them download the Group Me app (rather then sending me all the numbers): https://groupme.com/join_group/58745540/iHMzCStr

I appreciate your help with this. 

Make sure they read Coach Curtis' first instructions in the thread which includes a workout over the next couple days. He is also asking for them to acknowledge what they read as well as respond as to how they have been doing.

We realize that not everyone has all the equipment and that some of the divers aren't able to do all that is asked in the workout. Do as much as you can with what you have! :)

These virtual practices/meetings will continue to evolve over the next days (and hopefully not weeks.)

#afdSTRONG

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DID YOU KNOW?

If you, your friends or family joined USA Diving with an Alumni/Fan membership for only $10 a year, that it directly benefits our team American Flyers Diving?

Please share with your friends and loved ones. Be sure that they choose Lake Erie for Association (between Iowa and Michigan in the drop down) and American Flyers Diving for the club!

This is an incredibly easy way to help support the diver in your life!

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Marc Head Coach/Owner

Marc Head Coach/Owner

Phone: 216.832.6073 (call/text)

Christine Manager

Christine Manager

Phone: 330.261.2186 (call/text)

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