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!
The Ohio Dive League (ODL)
The Ohio Diving League (ODL) season is well underway. The next meet will take place in March (exact date TBD) at Youngstown State University. Please check the ODL Website for the latest information.
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.
High school divers cannot participate in ODL meets while the high school season is taking place (you can still practice as normal). We look forward to your participation in March, April, and May.
The USA Diving season is fast approaching, with the Synchronized National Championship set to take place in Greensboro, North Carolina from April 9-12 and the individual Regional Championship scheduled for April 24-26 at The Ohio State University! Please check the USA Diving Website for more information.
After winning the 1st place, overall team championship at the 2014 Summer Region 2 Championship, and a number of divers earning trips to the Summer National Championship at the University of Tennessee, we are looking forward to another very exciting season! You can view results from past meets on the DiveMeets Website.