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 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.
TEAM GEAR AND APPAREL
We are continuing to add new American Flyers Apparel to our online store. Go to the "shop" tab, then "buy gear" to outfit your family and friends in American Flyers Diving Team Gear!
MEETS AND COMPETITION
The Ohio Dive League (ODL) - Must be a current AAU Member - use the club code WW7WYE
The Ohio Diving League (ODL) season is well underway. Please check the ODL Website for the latest information. Scheduled Meets:
May 21 & 22 - The Ohio State University (May 21 practice at OSU TBD by Coach Marc)
All divers are welcome to participate, no matter what level of experience! The cost per meet is $30. If you are a Future Flyer, Pre-Travel, or Travel Team diver, you have prepaid for ALL ODL meets.
PLEASE NOTE: High school divers cannot participate in ODL meets while the high school season is taking place (you can still practice as normal). You can participate in the 1st ODL in Canton!
I would like to congratulate all our high school divers on another amazing season! What an incredible 4 months! Thank you all - parents, coaches, siblings, and most importantly . . . DIVERS! Your efforts and attitudes have made this season so enjoyable for all the coaches! We can't thank you all enough. You represented yourselves, AFD & your schools with great dignity & pride!
We had an incredible showing with 14 divers qualifying for the State Championship Meet!!!
Division I Girls - Click here for full results.
Madison - 12th
Nicole - 16th
Selin - 17th
Nikki - 19th
Division I Boys - Click here for full results.
Lyle - 2nd
- Runner-up at 2016 OHSAA Division I boys diving state championships. Read more on Cleveland.com.
Antony - 6th
Jacob - 8th
Dalton - 13th
Division II Girls - Click here for full results.
Kami - 3rd
- Third at 2016 OHSAA Division II girls diving state championships. Read more on Cleveland.com.
- Placed 2nd in the Chagrin Valley Conference championship. Read more on Chagrin Valley Today (registration required).
Sidney - 5th
Janie - 6th
- Breaks the Chagrin Valley Conference championship record, winning the event. Read more on Chagrin Valley Today (registration required).
Brooke - 13th
Division II Boys - Click here for full results.
Peter - 4th
- Fourth at 2016 OHSAA Division II boys diving state championships. Read more on Cleveland.com.
- Named high school sports player of the week for Jan. 21 in The News-Harold.
- Breaks the Chagrin Valley Conference championship record (previously set by himself a year earlier), winning the event. Read more on Chagrin Valley Today (registration required).
Spencer - 11th
- Paced 2nd in the Chagrin Valley Conference championship in addition to a strong showing in swimming events. Read more on Chagrin Valley Today (registration required).
We're gearing up for the USA Diving Junior National season this Spring. Regional Championships will start in late April and we're looking forward to seeing all our divers' hard work on display. We're anticipating another highly successful season.