What Age Group Is My Child In?
Competition levels are divided into the following age groups: 9 & under, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15 and 16-18. A diver's age as of the last day of the meet determines the age group of that meet. Thus, if your child turns 14 on the last day of a three day meet, your child will compete in the 14-15 age group for that entire meet.
What to take to a meet
1. baithing suits, an extra just in case.
2. A sammy or chamois towel.
3. A regular towel.
4. Something to keep your athlete warm. ( robe )
5. Something for free time between dives.
walk-man, cards, etc.
6. Healthy snacks and drinks.
7. For you, a book or magazine. You will have some free time.
8. For you, remember pools are usually very warm and humid. Dress appropriately.
The 10 Comandments; For Diving Parents
1. Make sure you child knows that win or lose; scared or heroic; you love him or her, appreciate the efforts, and are not dissapointed in them. This will allow them to do their best without fear of failure. Be the person they can look to for constant support.
2. Try your best to be completely honest about your child's athletic ability and actual skill level.
3. Be helpful but don't coach him or her. It is dificult not to, but it is a lot tougher for the child to her a lot of points of views.
4. Teach him or her to enjoy the thrill of competition, to be "out there trying," only to improve their skills.
5. Try not to relive your athletic life through your child in a way that creates pressure.
6. Don't compete with the coach, but be in contact with the coach. Remember it is a team effort with the coach and parent to create not only an athlete but a great person.
7. Don't compare the skill, courage, or attitude of your child with other members of the team.
8. Get to know the coach so you can be assured that their philosophy, attitudes, ethics and knowledge are such that you are happy you have your child under their supervision.
9. Always remember that children tend to exaggerate, both when praised and when critisized. Temper your reaction and investigate the situation.
10. Make a point of understanding courage, and the fact that it is relative. Some of us can climb mountains but are afraid to fight. Some of us can fight but turn to jello when in the presence of a bee. Explain that courage means doing something in spite of fear or discomfort.
NOTE: It is all worth it when you hear a child say "my parents really helped and I am lucky to have them."