Dive Team Overview

Welcome to the Hamlet Dive Team!  With your help, we can make this team the BEST!  Our goal is that every diver has fun, enjoys the sport of diving, learns to dive safely, and develops to their potential.  Our purpose is to promote teamwork and good sportsmanship.  We’re looking forward to a fun-filled season!  Go Green Feet!  

FAQs are below:

Who is eligible to join Dive Team?

To join the team, a diver needs to be at least seven years old, be able to swim across the pool and be no older than 18.  To compete in a Tuesday “A” dive meet, the diver must be able to execute three dives if 10 years old or under; four dives if 11-12 years old; five dives if 13-14 years old and six dives if 15-18 years old.  Every diver must be able to do a front dive and a back dive plus their choice of optional dives.

When are practices?

Practices are Monday through Friday afternoons after Memorial Day, prior to FCPS schools letting out; and Monday through Friday mornings after school lets out for the summer.  The coaches are also available for private lessons for those who want additional practice time.  For specific times, check the practice page on the website.

When are meets?

Dive meets are held on Tuesday evenings starting the third week in June through the end of July. These meets start promptly at 6:00 PM and are usually over by 8:30 PM.  Tuesday meets are competitive or “A” meets.  We may enter up to 32 divers.  Some of these meets are at Hamlet and we travel to other pools for some.  (Because every diving board feels different, time is allowed for the visiting team to practice and warm up on the diving boards prior to the meet.)  If a dive meet is called off due to inclement weather, it will be rescheduled as soon as possible later in the same week.  If a meet is rescheduled, we cannot change any of the divers in the original lineup.

We also have developmental or “B” meets on some Thursdays during the season and an Intersquad Meet in mid June.  These are good opportunities for our novice divers to practice diving in a fun and supportive meet setting.

May I talk with the coach while he’s coaching my child?

The coach needs to concentrate fully on the divers during dive practice, so please meet with the coach before or after practice.  At any time, feel free to contact the Team Rep with any questions, concerns, or suggestions.

Who goes to Divisionals?

Our top divers, within each class, will compete in the Divisional Dive Meet.  To qualify, a diver must have competed in at least two “A” meets during the season.  Every diver is diving against other eligible divers in their class and division.  Each team can send a total of 16 divers to Divisionals.

What is the CrackerJack Meet?

The CrackerJack meet is a developmental meet for the divers who are not competing at Divisionals.  It is held the Sunday before Divisionals.  This is a fun meet!  There are no team scores.  The divers are diving against all the other divers in their event.

Who is eligible for the NVSL All Star Meet?

The top finishers in each of the divisions are eligible for the NVSL All Stars which is held the first Sunday in August.  In All Stars, the diver is diving against all divers, regardless of division, in their event.

What do I bring to a dive meet?

Bring at least one extra towel.  Even in summer, divers can get cold waiting for their turn between dives.  If you know you are likely to be chilly, a sweatshirt or jacket is a good item to bring, as well as a change of dry clothes in case you have a long wait between the time your event finishes and the end of the meet. Hamlet Spirit Wear will be available for purchase during the open house and during the season.  Snack foods and dinner items are usually sold at meets but you will want to bring some quick energy snacks and water, especially on very hot days.

What do judges look for?

Judges evaluate four components to a dive: (1) the approach, (2) the hurdle, (3) the flight in the air, and (4) the entry.  A dive potentially can receive a total of 10 points by a judge.  Points are subtracted if there are deficiencies in any of the above four areas.  Points are subtracted if the diver balks (stops and has to start again), if the dive is done in a position different from the one announced, if the diver over twists, if the arms swing wrong, if the dive goes out too far instead of going up, if the dive does not go into the water vertically, if the toes are not pointed, or if the dive is performed in an unsafe way.  When your dive is announced, you may ask for it to be repeated if you are unsure and you may ask to change the position before you begin the dive.

Regardless of scores given, remember our goal is for divers to have fun and dive SAFELY.


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