Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Get a one gallon jar with a lid (a large pickle jar is what I use). I cut a slit in the metal lid large enough for coins to fit. At the end of each day, I put whatever coins I have in my pocket into the jar. Every once in a while I clean out the "coin tray" in my car and add those to the jar of coins. I added a sticker to the side of the jar in order to mark the start date and the end date and the amount received when I cash them in. (The end date is the day I take the coins to the bank to dump them into the counting machine). It usually takes me 17-20 months to fill the jar to the top.
I have filled my jar FOUR times over the past 6-8 years and never has there been less than $325.00 in the jar. The most recent time, there was just under $400.00 in the jar! To save money on counting of the coins, avoid the counting machines found at local grocery stores -- they charge a whopping 9% of your total to count your coins! Check with your local bank to see if they have a counting machine at your branch or perhaps a nearby location. If you have an account at that bank, there is usually NO fee to use the machine and count your coins. The machine can count the coins almost as fast as you can dump them into the opening.
This is a quick and easy way to build up a little money for your team (or yourself) one day at a time!
Sunday, November 23, 2014
- BIG FUN!
- Low pressure.
- Allows you to focus on the fundamentals.
- Keeps you "grounded" (Yes, I know you can teach a back armstand twister from the 10M Platform -- but when was the last time you taught "Terrified Timmy" a front flip off the 1M Springboard!)
- Keeps your creative juices flowing (refer to bullet point above -- sometimes you REALLY need to think outside of the box!)
- Equally satisfying when "Little Non-athlete Johnny" learns a (simple) dive he never dreamed possible as when "Superstar Athlete" learns a "big trick" off 3M or 10M.
- The smiles on the faces of the divers!
- The smiles on the faces of the appreciative parents!
- Helping to build self-confidence in young children.
- Self-esteem boosting!
- Teaching life lessons is never a bad thing!
- Letting kids know that failure is okay and the greatest success comes in simply trying again!
Sunday, January 5, 2014
It is called The "DARIOflex"!
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Is it the diver who does the hardest dives?
Is it the diver with the best toe point?
Is it the diver who spins the fastest when somersaulting?
Is it the diver who is the best "twister"?
Is it the diver who is most consistent?
Is it the diver who get the highest judges' scores?
Is it the diver with the coolest suit?
Is it the most popular diver in the contest?
Is it the diver who jumps the highest off the diving board?
Is it the diver with the best RIP entry?
Is it a combination of these and other attributes?
Well, the answer is rather simple -- the winner of the diving meet is the person who scores the most points!! Your job as a diving coach is to formulate a plan to help your diver put together the best list of dives in the best order that will give them the best chance to score the most points when the competition is over. If you can do this -- your diver will be the winner.
Now the hard part -- how do you do that? It certainly takes Determination, time and hard work. You certainly need an athlete who ready willing and able to commit the time and work necessary. You need supportive parents of the diver to get them to and from practices and competitions. You also need a quality facility with good equipment and you definitely need access to some dry land training as well as a video playback system.
Finally, you certainly need some luck on your side!
Monday, September 24, 2012
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Saturday, December 3, 2011
There is a simple explanation for what has occurred. The diving stand that you have installed now was originally installed to accept the non-competition model diving board (aka the 16' Duraflex Board). The board you just purchased is the competition model diving board (aka the 16' Modified Maxiflex Model B "Cheeseboard"). If you were to lay a 16' Duraflex Diving Board next to a 16' Maxiflex Model B "Cheeseboard" (upside down) the first thing you would notice is the rubber channels on the underside of the "Cheeseboard" are 5.5 inches farther back than those of the 16' Duraflex Board. This is because the competition model board bends at a point that is farther back than that of the non-competition model board and therefore the installation footprint of the diving stand with Cheeseboard is 5.5 inches different from the installation footprint for a diving stand with a 16' Duraflex (non-competition board). The quickest way to ruin a diving board is to allow a metal on metal contact situation where the unprotected metal ribs of the diving board are allowed to bounce directly on the metal of the fulcrum roller. (Your $3500.00 "rocket ship" can become a $60.00 piece of scrap aluminum very quickly!)
The simple "fix" for this problem is to order a set of eight six-inch rubber channels with glue kit and attach them to the underside of the board directly in front of the existing rubber channels. While this will NOT allow you to get the full range of motion for the fulcrum back past the number "7," it will protect your diving board by making sure the fulcrum does not "roll off" the existing rubber channels as is the case now.
The correct "fix" is to un-install the main support (legs and fulcrum box) and re-install them 5.5" farther back OR remove the ladder assembly and re-install it 5.5" farther forward (assuming your pool depth and slope would allow for this moving the board forward). Most schools or clubs in your situation choose the first option until they have the time and money to do the 2nd option. Choosing the correct "fix" method not only protects your diving board from the "metal on metal" situation but it also allows the diver to get the full range of intended fulcrum settings.
Whichever method you choose -- it should be done before anybody is allowed to dive off the board. You never want the unprotected metal diving board bouncing directly on the metal fulcrum -- properly positioned rubber channels are a must!
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
If you have a Duraflex Diving Board and the non-slip surface is starting to show signs of wear, the ONLY acceptable "fix" is to send your diving board back to the Duraflex Factory for inspection and refinish.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
The final piece of the puzzle to create a "perfect" installation of a Duraflex Diving Board onto a Durafirm Diving Stand is to make sure the Roller Clamps ("C" shaped metal bands that hold the fulcrum roller to the fulcrum assembly) move between the 1st and 2nd "rib" of the diving board (on the foot wheel side) and between the 7th and 8th "rib" of the diving board on the non foot wheel side of the board.