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Frederick Area Divers (FAD for short) is a one-meter, springboard diving program for boys and girls ages 6 through 18 in Frederick, Maryland.


For eight weeks every summer, we provide a fun, low-key environment designed to teach the techniques of this exciting sport! We also offer new and returning divers the experience of competing against teams in the Central Maryland Dive League.  Participating in FAD also serves as a great opportunity for those winter high school divers to keep up their skills in the off-season.



No Diving Experience Necessary!

 We only ask that our divers have the ability to swim to a ladder in deep water and that they come in ready to learn!



Safety is Our First Priority

 We don't "push" limits.  As the divers' strength, awareness, and ability increase, so will their level of diving.



Build a Solid Foundation of Skills

 Each practice includes strength and flexibility training, tumbling, and deck drills as well as board workouts.  These skills will help improve overall diving ability and can also translate well to other sports!


About FAD

            Frederick Area Divers was founded by the late Coach John Smith in 1988 as a way to share his passion and enthusiasm for diving, as well as to increase participation in this sport in our area.  Frederick County's high schools have offered diving as part of their Winter Sports/Swimming program for years, and the summer league has served as a great addition!


            Frederick Area Divers is the only local organization to provide opportunities for younger divers to learn the basics and experience being part of a team and for our older high school athletes to continue their dive training in the summer months. 


             Countless families return to FAD year after year for the low-key, fun, instructional and exciting experience we strive to provide for our divers.  We see success at each and every practice and meet in the smiles on our divers' faces.  We have also seen a number of FAD alumni go on to dive at the collegiate level and return to coach our team to share their experience with the next generation of divers!  Thanks to John and the many dedicated coaches and parent volunteers who have followed in his footsteps, diving continues to be a fun, unique and very valuable part of the Frederick community!  


Dive Basics


             Since "beauty and grace must be added to feats of strength and agility while the body is moving through the air," diving is considered an art as well as a sport. Its participants work hard to continually improve their body control and kinesthetic awareness.  Just as novices may try for weeks to perfect jumping off the end of the board, holding their body straight and entering the water feet first, more experienced divers may take many practices to learn to stop a forward rotation at precisely the right instant to execute a beautiful front one and one half somersault pike.  Like most things worth learning, diving takes determination and patience.  Fortunately, the learning process is a lot of fun! 


             While taught in easy-to-master progressive units, in total, a dive can be a complicated maneuver!  Generally, there are four main parts to a dive: the approach, the take-off, the technique and grace during flight, and the entry into the water. All phases of a dive's execution are considered when judging its success.  



             Although diving also includes three-meter springboard and five, seven and half, and ten meter platform events, Frederick Area Divers  and the Central Maryland Dive League train for one-meter springboard events only.  There are five groups of one-meter dives, four body positions, and two types of entries.


                    Dive Groups

Forward                 forward take-off (facing the water) with forward rotation

Backward               backward take-off (back to the water) with backward rotation

Reverse                  forward take-off with backward rotation

Inward                   backward take-off with forward rotation

Twist                     any of the above groups with 1/2 to 4 twists added


               Body Positions

Straight                 body not bent

Pike                       body bent at the hips only

Tuck                      body bent at hips and knees

Free                      combination of the above positions (used for twist dives)



                    Head First               body is vertical, or nearly so, with arms stretched beyond

                                                  the head in line with the body, hands close together

                    Feet First                body is vertical, or nearly so, with arms tightly at the sides
                                                  of the body




             Though teaching, team camaraderie and individual progress are our primary emphasis; Frederick Area Divers is a member of the Central Maryland Dive League (CMDL) and competes in 6 meets against other teams within our division. Divers who wish to compete are grouped according to age and gender. 


            The groupings are:

                                                  6 and under boys, 6 and under girls

                                                  8 and under girls, 8 and under boys

                                                  9-10 boys, 9-10 girls

                                                11-12 boys, 11-12 girls

                                                13-14 boys, 13-14 girls

                                                15-18 boys and 15-18 girls


Age of competition is the diver's age on May 31st of the current year 


              Individuals may choose to move up one age group if they would like the experience of competing a greater number of dives, but once they move up they must remain in that age  group for the rest of the season.   


Place ribbons are awarded to the top six finishers in each group.  All remaining competitors receive achievement ribbons.


Points earned by the 1st (5 pt.), 2nd (3 pt.), and 3rd place (1 pt.) finishers in each group (except 6 and under) are added together to determine the team that wins the meet.  


             To compete, each team member must be able to perform certain required dives.  The required numbers and types of dives are designed to be appropriate for each age group and, therefore, within the reach of most divers, novice or veteran.  However, if divers have not yet mastered the mandatory dives, they may still dive in a meet in an exhibition status, which mean that they cannot earn points for the team.  


             CMDL dive meets are conducted by a certified official who also acts as a judge, a panel of 4 additional volunteer judges, an announcer, and score tabulators (table workers) -- the latter positions are almost always filled by parents. The official manages the event and ensures all regulations are observed. After each dive, the judges, without communication with any colleagues, immediately flash their awards. Points are awarded from zero to ten, according to the opinion of the judge based on the criteria and the performance.


             The judges' scores are written in order on each diver's sheet. The highest and lowest scores are eliminated and the remaining scores are added. This score is then multiplied by each dive's unique degree of difficulty (D.D.) to produce the final score for the dive. The scores for each dive are added together to give the total score for the event. The boy and girl diver with the highest cumulative score in their age group at the end of the competition is the first place winner.


 Click on the link below to view the FINA Degree of Difficulty chart:




Qualifying for the CMDL Championship Meet:  Each season, the CMDL sets qualifying scores

 for each age group (except 6 and under) that a diver must meet or surpass in two meets in order to move on to the final league-wide championship meet at the end of the season.  



 In the end, we view winning as our divers making progress towards their own goals and individual potential.




Some information from http://www.usadiver.com/diving_articles/unused/about_diving.htm