LESSONS & CLUB
Valley Dive provides beginning gymnastics classes to introduce those that enjoy bouncing and staying active, to the sport of diving. Not all kids will continue to upper levels of diving, but all kids that attend, will learn the basics of tumbling, listening, and group interaction, while having fun.
Our Club program has several levels to accommodate a variety of Goals for the Diving Athlete.
Athletes who have formed specific goals for diving, and are judged to be ready for high level national competitions, accelerated mental, physical, and technique track with the express goal of attaining national status, and college position for competitions, will be invited to join the Valley Dive National Team.
This very exclusive group will receive custom workouts, international competitions, Olympian mentors, and access to International Judge and Athlete clinics will prove invaluable experience to kick-start and reach the Athlete's potential. By invitation only.
Once your family makes a decision to focus on a sport for High School, University Admittance, or National Competitions, you will move into a 3, 4, 5, or 6 day per week schedule for diving, which requires gym days in the Valley Dive Program.
This Club commitment is a goal oriented program, and both short-term, as well as long-term goal planning will be structured for each athlete, and re-assessed on a yearly basis.
The Club committment is various stages of development which comprise physical maturity, mental maturity, Chronological maturity, and cognitive maturity. Our program stresses our Athletes to strive and become smart divers, meaning, the diver is not just "learning" a set of tricks, but understands the big picture of the sport, and their role as good people.
How does Valley Dive promote quality and achievement in Diving?
Diving is a long road, and Athletes will experience ups and downs and many challenges along the way, as is normal with any sport or activity. Our program stresses community diving integration goal setting, and mental toughness, which translates into better performances. Because Diving is 80% mental preparedness, early adoption of healthy approaches to overcoming fear, physical work, and diving with a positive purpose not only empowers athletes, but prepares them for positive and negative outcomes in life.
As a general rule: Athletes cannot Advance & we will not let you Compete Until Basics are VERY Good!
Each coach has specific talents in specific areas. Do not be surprised if a Coach gives a correction, or asks an Athlete to try something a little different, or asks to go back to a basic technique that is affecting a dive.
All divers, even the very best, sometimes regress, or alter their technique to compensate for difficult days, illness, injury, weather, resumption after a vacation, etc.
Thus, we often must go back to basics to re-enforce athlete technique.
Our coaches rotate (meaning your child will experience different coaches at practice), and we expect benefit from exposure to different explanations to the Athlete on how to correct different aspects of dives. This approach will strengthen an Athlete's overall diving, and provide a more solid groundwork for advancement.
While it is perfectly normal to bond with a specific coach (especially at an early age), our system provides a good relationship with all athletes and coaches, and will reduce perceptions of jealously, special treatment, politics, frustration, favoritism, helping to keep a program fresh, rather than a repetitive, boring same old, that sometimes breeds an unhealthy environment for all. It is necessary, and advantageous, for divers to move to different coaches at different times, for specific tasks: to improve technique, performance, mental toughness, and growth in the sport. HOWEVER, It can become problematic for the coach/athlete relationship to build dependency; chronic habits, inflexibility, emotional bonds, and reduced social interaction, as sometimes occurs with isolated coaching programs.
Diving is a social sport, and a happy sport. Your Athletes deserve to rely on their peers, and the broader diving family, as they progress through the long-term path of Diving.
This is important.
As athletes progress, occasionally we will advise that an athlete move to our elite program. This program is focused on fast track to National team and International competitions.
This is an invitation program only, and we maintain very few numbers at this level. The Club workouts will be augmented with private training, specialized programming, guest lectures, personal oversight by national team leaders. Additional costs may be incurred, due to additional training/meets that are opt-in. Results are fast-track for National position, National Team. Two international meets will be offered annually.