Aug 25, 2008, 10:43 PM
Post #1 of 46
How do you start a 4way team
if you are at an RW 182 dropzone? I mean it really makes it tough on the vidiot if he has to ride the strut up. So if the 182 is where it all started and that's the only thing available, how do you compete given no video slot and way different exits than on the turbines.
Back in the day - same problem. Home DZs had 182s and 180s, but the Nationals were usually out of Otters. Sometimes we had Beech 19s, DC-3s and once a Caribou. How do you train for a ramp when you've never jumped one?
You don't. You do the best you can when you get there.
Bill said it right. You find three people, train out of the 182, using the old style exits for the various points, and debrief the best you can.
Get to the meet a few days early. Hell, if you can swing it, get there a week early and train every day before the meet. Complete with video and find a coach. Retrain your exits and correct as many of your by now built in bad habits as you can before the meet starts. Make your training plan to do most of your training dives the week before the meet. If you plan to do 100 training dives, do 50 the last week.
Is it optimal? No. Does it kinda suck? Yes. But it's either that, or move to a DZ that has an aircraft that closely mimics the one you'll compete out of.
I jump at a 182 dz and will finish my second year of competing this weekend.
My team went into our first meet last year having exactly two practice jumps out of an Otter. When we got to the meet, we worked with an experienced 4 way competitor who jumps at an Otter dz (Thanks Bill (Rehmwa)!!!), and he went through what each person needs to be doing. We launched a lot of meekers that meet, and didn't do too shabby.
After each competition, get a copy of the video and sit down with the most experienced 4 way or competition skydiver you can get and have them debrief with you. You'll learn a crap load on a debrief and will give your team goals for the next meet.
As for helping the exit training. Mike has the right idea. I want to add too that, that the DZ might let you do exit training which is exits from 6000'. Turn the first page only, get to your packers quick if you don't have second rigs and do a quick video review rather than a full blown debrief. The idea is to turn as many exits as possible and all your concentrating on is the exit.
take ALL the money you HAVE.. put it in a big pile, and KISS it Good-Bye!!!!!!!!
truth is. if you have committed and dedicated teammates, and can get together , often, then just share a bunch of 4 way jumps. working with personalites that mesh, will result in greater performances and growth, than will simply finding the BEST . jumpers you can...
There are some good articles. There are a few of us talking about starting something next season. We have a few ideas for a fourth, but nothing set yet.
I'm thinking of taking the advice of one of the articles and writing a contract to be signed by all members. Setting baseline rules and commitments to the team. If you have people not willing to dedicate the time or some who see it more as a loose fun thing while others want the team to be serious competitors, there are going to be major issues. Also how would it be to have someone decide part way thru the season that they really can't commit financially to the training and now a couple weeks before a competition you need to find a new team member with skills to match the rest of the team.
I think I need to get together soon so we can get ideas together, see what everyone is willing to commit to so we can all be ready for next season..
Also see who is willing to put more than one season into it. It will take more than one season to be decent.
I'll start by saying that I haven't been forced to do team training from a cessna... but I know what it's like to not have the same resources as your fellow competitors. Don't worry about it... do what you can with what you have and you'll still come out ahead.
My last team was lucky enough to have an otter at the DZ (for the last 4 months or so of the season... before that it was a casa... an even more different exit than a cessna!). Problem was, half the time we couldn't fly it. We spent a lot of sunny mornings waiting for people to show up and a lot of sunny afternoons being frustrated because we couldn't fill the plane enough to fly. Bizarrely, we had discussed at the time that it would have been nice to have a 182 there for backup, because if nobody else showed up, we could still fly it!
Our team, with almost zero coaching, very limited tunnel time, and about 150 jumps together took int 6th at the nationals in '06. Every team that beat us had a whole lot more resources... 2 airforce teams with goverment money and incredible amounts of tunnel time, 2 teams from chicago, and 1 team from the ranch. And we beat a lot of AF and big-time-DZ teams too.
Get 3 people and do what you can. If you've got a turbine DZ that you can get two a few times through the season for some training camps, do it. Maximize it by training hard during the boogies! I personally get more satisfaction from getting in 20 - 25 4-way jumps over labour day weekend than doing "fun stuff" and getting hammered. If you can, definately show up early to nationals and jump like hell for a few days (take 1 day off before the competition to relax, or at least go easy and do some bigways or something, so you're rested).
the lack of video sucks, but you'll still learn more doing 4-way than not, as long as the members can keep the egos in check. The exits aren't as different as you think... just make sure you're using a continuity plan that's compatable with a left-handed door.
Even though your exits aren't the same as an otter and your limited to a few formations, remember you still need to properly place the formation to the relative wind regardless of the door, and flying on the hill. So it's still learning to fly together as a group.
Sep 5, 2008, 6:22 AM
Post #19 of 46
Re: [KathleenL] How do you start a 4way team
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Check out www.teamfastrax.com/divepool.aspx
It has all of the randoms and blocks and they are color coded representing the positions. You can click on the blocks and they will go in motion to show you how to perform the block.
This is a great start. It does not show exits though.
I'll take a look, but they also have short videos of the blocks and I think exits are in there.
They definitely have pictures of the door jams. Pay special attention to the postures of the OC (extreme anticipation of the hip presentation - it REALLY helped me) and the Tail (look how low and out he typically sits in the jam). Both show great OC and Tail habits for exits.
how do you start a 4 way team? hmmmm.. i guess 1st off you find 3 other fat guys that can fall at 130 on their belly. then you go out and rock a few hundred jumps out of what ever and where ever you can
What do you mean no video slot?? You could hang off the back of the strut, (hard for me to explain in words lol) or alternatively on the side of the plane with arms holding onto side of door & one foot on the wheel?? I jump this slot all the time when following tandems and it really is not that tough to hang on for ages if that is what required.