age group team
age group team
Once a NOVICE diver has developed the necessary dive categories and skills, ability, and self-confidence, they will move into our competitive "AGE GROUP" program.
Depending on their own abilities and goals, they can dive in local, regional, High School level, and possibly qualify for national diving events. Age Groupers are a valuable part of the SSDC TEAM and coaches look for them to gain valuable competitive meet experience. To be competitive, divers will need to practice at least 3-times per week and up to 5 days for some of our National level divers.
NOVICE & JO (Junior Olympic Level) AGE GROUP Divers will gain experience competing in local AAU Meets throughout the Massachusetts area. AAU provides and incredible opportunity for new and existing divers to meet and exceed their goals in diving!
Like any sport there are turning points in divers’ careers when they find themselves ready to spend more time training and take on the increased physical and mental demands of higher levels of competition.
THE SSDC NATIONAL TEAM is made up of the very best divers who have made that commitment and have earned the chance to compete in National Diving Championships, as well as ambitious divers who have their sights set on future goals, including achieving a top ranking at Diving Nationals and/or want to dive in college.
National Level Divers will compete through AAU Diving as it is the dominate diving program in the Northeast. National Level divers have the option to dive in the USA Diving REGION 1, qualify for ZONE A and then the USA Junior National Championships!
Goals Setting is an important element when diving with SSDC. Divers are focused on short and long terms goals with an emphasis on continuous improvement both on and off the board. Below are some testimonials from parents that experienced RIPDIVE and witnessing their divers goal development and achievement.
My daughter was the youngest diver RIPDIVE 2017, and it was a complete game-changer for her.
She attended the training at the end of her first full year of diving, a time when she was unsure of herself and uncertain if she wanted to continue with the sport. Knowing RIPDIVE to be intense, my husband and I signed her up as a kind of do-or-die. She would either love it or determine that diving just wasn't for her, at least not right now. Not only did my daughter love the training experience, but she thrived in the environment that forced her to challenge herself physically, mentally, and emotionally. She overcame fears that had been haunting her and creating barriers to her progress. She improved quickly, learned new techniques and dives, and built her confidence as an athlete. She also bonded with her teammates -- the value of which cannot be underestimated.
The cheers, hugs, and pep talks that the kids rotate through giving and receiving throughout the program builds a support system that they all leaned on at different times. In such a concentrated period of time, they model the skill, the struggle, the determination, and the resilience that they need to be successful in this sport. At the end of the four, grueling days, my daughter was exhausted, exhilarated, and asking when she could go back.
~ Amy Mahery
Ripdive was a transformational diving experience for Alli.
Watching her set her own goals, overcome obstacles, and then achieve amazing results was incredibly rewarding for her, and was so much fun to watch as a parent. It truly increased her confidence in her diving, and I believe these lessons are far-reaching, not just in diving but in life….keep trying, don’t give up even when things seem hard, and you can do great things.
The team bonding and support of coaches was incredible as well. Highly recommend this experience for any diver looking for a challenging and rewarding way to further their skills.
~ Stephanie Handfield
The chance to dive outdoors in beautiful weather at a amazing facility was an obvious reason to attend RIPDIVE. The level of coaching, the amount of skills learned in such a short amount of time, the bonding with teammates and the ridiculous amount of fun had are reasons to return. SSDC Coaches personalized their coaching and goals for each diver, communicating and motivating them all the while.
I could go on and on about what a great experience and opportunity it was, but I think Siena said it all, “Yes, it was tough but TOTALLY worth it! I learned soooo much and at the end of the day we swam in hotel pool all night- It was awesome! I can’t wait for next year.” She conquered fears, learned skills and had fun - What more could a parent ask for in a camp? Thanks, SSDC!
RIPDIVE has been the greatest experience of my son’s diving career and it has had the greatest impact on his diving. The list of dives that he added in one week was remarkable. But watching my son grow, as a person, was a bigger reward.
The physical effort and mental focus required from the athletes is substantial and watching each of the participants manage that individually, and as a group, was truly satisfying. I can’t wait for the next RIPDIVE session. I wish it was offered twice a year.
~ Joe Lojko
REEVISION DRYLAND TRAMPOLINE TRAINING is conducted at the University Sports Complex in Hanover.
SSDC has trained harness and rope spotters that have been certified Aerial Spotters through USA Diving.
Rope Spotters, "PULL" divers on the ropes over the trampoline in an effort to learn new dives, or to perfect existing ones. When working on the trampoline, each session is 20 minutes including diver setup. It is said that having just one "DRYLAND" session is as effective as having 6 actual on-board practices!
Trampoline Training is only used for committed divers (GOLD level divers) and above!
Each year SSDC holds an intensive training program at the beautiful Coral Springs Aquatic Complex in Coral Springs, FL. This program is offered to anyone who wants to learn high-level springboard diving techniques, utilize state-of-the-art equipment, and gain advanced instruction from some of diving’s best coaches in the country.
Every year is an exhilarating, exhausting, and incredible experience that our divers will remember for a lifetime. Divers who participate have told us again, and again, how RIPDIVE Training was a turning point in their 'diving' lives and they cant wait to go next year.
Coming in 2019!
SSDC will continue its pre-nationals dive training trip in 2019 with hard work and fun in beautiful Coral Springs Aquatic Complex in Coral Springs, Florida. RIPDIVE will be from June 24 to 27th 2019. Divers will challenge themselves on the 1 and 3-meter boards, and 3, 5, 7, and 10-meter platforms.
Each year we have a guest coach attend our training and in past years we've had the best in Olympic and college coaching throughout the United States. The 2019 RIPDIVE looks to be the most challenging and rewarding RIPDIVE yet!
We think diving is just about the perfect sport. Yes, it’s hard work, but it’s fun, with a big payout.
Diving is both an individual and a team sport, with the benefits of both.
Divers learn that patience and hard work pay off.
Divers work together in practice to master new dives, developing connections with their coaches and fellow divers along the way.
Through diving competition, divers learn about good sportsmanship, how to be graceful in competition, and deal with success and failure.
Divers learn to set goals, and when they achieve them, to set even higher ones.
They learn to support their teammates in their struggles and to applaud their achievements.
All that, AND it’s awfully fun to move that board, float through the air, and execute that perfect dive!
Many parents express concern about the safety of diving. However, for an athlete who is properly trained by a safety certified coach, diving is an extremely safe sport.
“Diving Safety, A Position Paper” published by United States Diving reports on a study conducted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission which found that there were fewer accidents related to diving and diving boards than to golf, bowling or bleachers. A study conducted by the National Spinal Cord Injury Data Research Center found that half of all diving injuries occurred in rivers, lakes and oceans and that most diving injuries “result from horseplay and injudicious behavior.”
As former Olympic Coach Ron O’Brien has explained: "The sport of diving has suffered a poor image through association with accidents involving a dive into water, but having no connection to the sport of diving itself."These accidents occur in the shallow end of the pool, not the deep end, and they usually involve people who are not divers, have received little instruction and whose activities are not properly supervised."
The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) was formed in 1888 to serve as a forum for athletic competition among young men and women. The AAU is the largest nonprofit, volunteer-based, sports organization in the United States. It supports over 500,000 athletes in 34 sports on the local, regional, and national level with more than 250 national championships. It was designed for all who share a passion for athletics. The AAU has helped to mold and shape our young athletes to become faster, stronger, and smarter. There are currently 17,000 AAU Diving members.
USA Diving, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization recognized by the U.S.Olympic Committee as the sport’s national governing body. USA Diving teams range from Junior Divers to the National Team and the US Olympic Team. USA Diving conducts meets each dive season that culminate in USA Diving Nationals. To learn more, visit www.usadiving.org.
DD stands for degree of difficulty.
Each dive has an assigned DD. DD goes up with the difficulty of a dive. For example, a 103C (forward 1 1/2 tuck) has a DD of 1.6. If it's done in a pike position (103B), the DD is 1.7. At diving competitions, the DD is multiplied by the scores the judges award the diver for the dive. These numbers are added up to determine the diver's final score in the competition.
Click here for DD Table
Competition levels are divided into the following age groups:
A diver's 'age' is determined by the actual age of the diver on or before December 31st of the current year. For example: If a diver is 11, but will turn 12 by December 31st - that diver will dive in the 12 to 13 age group.