Why is it that
some divers will look awesome in practices/warm ups and turn
in a sub-standard performance in a meet? Some say it was a
but is it really? Could it be a matter of trying
I have never known
an athlete to enter a contest with the sole intention of blowing
a performance. If that was the intention of any diver, then
they should not be unhappy after the event because they did
achieve the original goal. All of the unhappy divers I have
seen felt unhappy/frustrated because they missed their dive(s)
unintentionally. They actually intended to nail the dives
for perfect scores to please the coach, their parents or themselves
but it just didn't happen. What did it happen?
The answer in many
cases is that the diver just tried too hard to get that best
performance. In competition if you try to give a dive that
little extra something, inevitably it will not be the best
one you ever did. That little extra may mean that the diver
jumps a little higher, spins and/or twists a little faster.
In any case the diver is not used to reacting to these increases.
The increases will throw the timing a little off from what
is normally done and thus the reason for the not so successful
attempt. If you don't give it that little extra in practice,
why would you do that in a meet? It would be like learning
a new dive during a contest. If the diver has that little
extra to give, he/she should do that in the practices thus
learning the sensations and timing for that dive(s).
In order for the
diver to get the desired performance, he/she must do it in
a contest the same way it is practiced. That little extra
or not enough will hurt any performance.
The diver's point
of concentration should be focused at that same place in time
as his/her body is during the dive. Ideally he/she should
be at a point where they are anticipating the appropriate
moment for the next reaction. If they are distracted by a
different sensation than they are used to, many times they
will not respond appropriately. This happens because the distraction
replaces the anticipation of reacting. They are now in a conscious
decision making mode. When they reach this point, many errors
does not make Perfect!
Perfect practice makes perfect!
Practice makes you more consistent!
Practice is a rehearsal of your performance!
performance is usually a reflection of the way you practice!