Walden Glen Swim & Racquet Club was established in 1969. We have a convenient, but out-of-the-way location off Carrleigh Parkway, a beautiful pool, tennis, basketball and volleyball court, and a spacious picnic area. Our swim and dive teams compete in the

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2018 Dive Team Handbook


Background: The Walden Glen Air Wahoos Dive Team competes in the Northern Virginia Swimming League (NVSL) summer dive program. Currently, 48 NVSL member clubs will field dive teams seeded into 8 divisions for regular season competition.  The league re-seeds the divisions every season in an effort to provide an equitable competitive experience.  Seeding is based on prior year results, on the projected competitive strength of each team and other factors, rather than on the basis of size, location, or swim team seeding.
   
Team Membership: The Walden Glen Dive Team is open to any child of a club member who can jump off the dive board and swim to the edge of the pool.  No previous diving experience is required and diver team members are not required to participate in the swim program although we feel there is mutual benefit from participation in both programs.
  
Team Practices: Practices are conducted weekdays starting the Tuesday following Memorial Day through the end of July for approximately 1 hour (multiple sessions).  Afternoon practices are held until school is out, then morning practices are held for the remainder of the season.  For those that Dive and Swim, their dive practice session will be offset from the swim practice schedule to support participation in both practices. 
Coaches may ask Divers to practice in specific groups if they believe it is in the best interest of the Diver. While no one is penalized for non-attendance at practice, regular practice enables a Diver to reach their potential.  Divers, please come on time and prepared with everything you need for practice. 

Team members must obey the coaches and follow all pool rules. During the first weeks of afternoon dive practice, parents may remain on deck. However, please hold all comments or questions for the coaches until after practice is finished.
Once morning practices have begun, only Divers actively participating in the practice may be on deck. Other Divers, siblings and parents may sit in the pavilion or the grass area only.


 

COMPETITION EVENTS

Diving Age Groups: For competition, divers are grouped by gender into four age categories:                                        Freshman (10 and under); Juniors (11-12), Intermediates (13-14) and Seniors (15-18).  

NVSL diving age group eligibility is determined by the diver's age on June 1st; the age group does not change even if he or she has a summer birthday.  
In dual meets, coaches may ask divers to "dive up" one age group; in individual meets like Divisionals, they may dive only in their age groups.  The Crackerjack Meet and, as appropriate, 'B' meets, divide the freshmen category into separate age groups for 6 and under, 7, 8, 9 and 10 year olds.
  
"A" Meets (Dual Meets): Dual or "A" Meets are held on five consecutive Tuesday evenings.  We can enter up to 32 competitors in each dual meet, allocated in any way the team chooses among the age groups.  Dual meets are scored by team with 5 points being given to the first place finisher, 3 points to second place, and 1 point to third place.  The total of all points awarded to each team in each age group will determine the winner of the meet.
Dual meets are generally scheduled to start at 6pm.  Divers must be able to complete the required dives for their age group to compete in dual meets.

  
"B" Meets (Developmental Meets): Developmental or "B" Meets are designed for beginning and less experienced divers.  This venue provides a positive meet experience, particularly for divers who do not yet have a complete list of required dives for their age group.  "B" meets are organized less formally than an "A" meet and depend to a large extent on team size and willingness of other NVSL Dive teams to participate.  Normally, "B" meets will be scheduled for Thursday evenings, but the schedule will be driven by the need to deconflict with other pool activities. 
 
Each age group has a different number of dives, which are required during a meet:
Freshmen:
Front dive, back dive, 1 optional (3 dives) *
Juniors:
Front dive, back dive, 2 optionals (4 dives)
Intermediates:
Front dive, back dive, 3 optionals (5 dives)
Seniors:
Front dive, back dive, 4 optionals (6 dives)
* There are special rules for freshmen divers—forward and backward jumps may be used as dives, and a "back entry" (a back fall-off with a headfirst entry) may be used as a back dive. The groups from which optional dives are chosen are front dives, back dives, reverse, inward and twist dives.

 
Parental Participation: Walden Glen cannot provide a positive diving program for our children without significant support from the parents of our divers.  We need help in at least three different ways: Meet workers (set-up, meet conduct, concessions, tear-down), fundraising, and team administration.  The League holds clinics before the start of the season to acquaint volunteers with all aspects of a dive meet, including announcing, table workers and judging—if you are interested in attending one of the clinics, please refer to the posted schedule or contact the Team Rep, Paul Rabe.  An increased understanding of the rules of NVSL Diving makes the sport much more enjoyable to watch and is an excellent way to share the experience with our athletes.