When does registration begin?
Registration for the Tuckahoe Dive Team will open on Monday, April 16th. Please see our Registration page for more information.
When does dive season start and end?
Generally, dive season officially starts with our first afternoon practice when the pool opens after Memorial Day.
Dive season will end for most divers with the "Black and Old" Tuckahoe-only meet a the end of July.
For qualifying Divisionals divers, the dive season will end at the Divisionals (end of July) or All-Stars (first week of August)
Please see our practice and meet schedule which we do our best to keep updated.
Can my child be on the dive team and other Tuckahoe teams like swim and tennis?
Yes! We have a number of divers who are on multiple teams. We offer both morning and afternoon practices so that you can attend practices for other teams. For those joining the swim team, while wecan be flexible with the volunteer requirement, we still need your help!
Are there "Try Outs" for the dive team?
No tryouts are necessary! We wecome divers - even those with no experience. We have excellent coaches and assistant coaches that help divers at all levels. We want to make this a fun summer experience for the kids!
General requirements for joining the Tuckahoe Dive Team are as follows:
- Divers must be members of Tuckahoe Recreation Club in good standing
- Divers must be between the ages of five and eighteen as of June 1st (exceptions made at Coaches discretion)
- Kids must be able to jump off the board and swim to the side of the pool unassisted
How long are practices?
Most practices last approximately two hours. Please make every effort to be early to practice and ready to start promptly. We are offering multiple times for practices to try and be flexible with summer schedules.
How often should divers attend practice?
Divers are encouraged to come as often as fits your schedule. They will see significant improvement over the course of the summer the more they dive!
What suit should divers wear?
For practice, divers may wear any suit they wish to, however, we encourage a one-piece suit that fits snugly with little drag. For meets, divers are encouraged to wear their Tuckahoe team suit. Exceptions will be made at the discretion of the coaches. The team suit can be purchased either at the Tuckahoe Open House on Sunday or directly from Sportfair.
Do all divers need a cap?
No. Caps are not recommended.
Does an adult need to remain at Tuckahoe during practice?
We do not have a set rule regarding dropping off a child at practice but it is not uncommon for our youngest divers to have an issue during practice that requires parental help. Our coaches and volunteers are not in a position to leave practice to care for a diver in such event. We therefore strongly encourage that all of our 8 and under divers have an adult at TRC that may assist the child should they be unable to complete practice.
If you intend to have another individual stay with your children during practice, please note that Tuckahoe By-laws require all visitors to be members or pay a guest fee each day they visit including when attending a Dive practice. You will need to make the appropriate arrangements with our front desk staff in advance. For our older divers, in most situations it is reasonable to "drop off" assuming you intend to return before practice ends.
Are Coaches available for Private Lessons?
Yes. Most of our coaching staff do make themselves available for private lessons. Please feel free to approach any of our coaches and discuss availability and that individual coach's pricing.
When is an appropriate time to speak to Coaches?
Questions can be addressed after practice or at other times around the dive well. Coaches are also available to answer questions via email but please recognize that their jobs do not allow them the ability to check email routinely throughout the day. Feel free to communicate with the Dive Team Reps regarding ancillary team issues, not related to coaching or dive development.
Our Coaches and divers work best together when they are able to concentrate on each other during practice. While our coaches like to be available to parents, please do not disturb a coach during practice to ask questions and please also try to avoid "hovering" over practice. Anyone not participating in an ongoing practice is asked to stay a reasonable distance away from our dive well so as to not disturb the coaching staff or distract the divers. Only if necessary, our Coaches and Team Reps may ask ask people to leave the practice area so the divers can concentrate.
Which divers dive in Thursday B Meets?
All divers are welcome to participate in the B meets, those these are focused on our developmental divers. The diver must get back to the coach no later than Thursday morning of the dive meet, by the end of practice so that the meet sheets can be completed.
How are divers selected to participate in Tuesday A Meets?
A Meets are reserved for qualifying divers that have demonstrated the ability to do a certain type of dives. Our Head Coach may only select a maximum of 26 divers per meet in NVSL Dual Meets. One of our Coaches will send out an e-mail by Monday night listing who will dive in the A meet. This list of dives can be found at the bottom of the Registration page.
What is my volunteer commitment?
The dive team is a small group that relies on volunteers!
Each Dive team family is required to volunteer according to number of divers. For example, if you have one diver, your volunteer commitment would be four volunteer spots OR if you have two or more divers, you would have six volunteer spots during the dive season. We are also asking at least one member of each family to attend either a judging or a table worker clinic. Your attendance at the clinic will count as a volunteer slot. We need your help at meets and social events. Almost all of our events are volunteer organized so please be generous with your time. If you are unable or unwilling to volunteer you must pay a non-volunteer fee of $150 per child at the beginning of the season. If you fail to volunteer or pay the fee, your family account with the Dive team will be automatically charged the fee and you will receive an emailed bill through Active.com. Families with outstanding statements will be unable to register for subsequent Dive seasons until balances are paid in full.
When should Divers report for a meet?
For Home meets, Divers should arrive by 4:00 pm for warm-up. For away meets, Divers should report to the host pool by 5:00 pm for warm-up.
What are the Tuckahoe-only Black and Gold and "Black and Old" Meets?
The Black and Gold meet is an opportunity for both divers and volunteers to participate in a "practice" meet. It is also a great opportunity to hang out with other dive families at the beginning of the season.
The "Black and Old" meet is our end-of-season meet where the kids judge and the parents dive. Get your cannonballs ready! Trophies will be awarded at this event.
What is the Tuckahoe Ball?
At the end of July, the dive team is invited to celebrate the end of the season with a semi-formal event hosted by the swim team with food, drinks, an awards ceremony, and dancing. The tennis team is also invited.
Who gets a trophy?
All kids who dive in at least one meet will receive a trophy before our "Black and Old" Tuckahoe-only meet.
How is a team record set?
A team record can be set in a Tuesday NVSL meet against another team. A record cannot be set at Tuckahoe's internal Black and Gold meet. NVSL Records may only be broken at Tuesday Dual Meet or at Divisional or All-Star events.
How will I receive news and information?
We communicate mostly through email and the website. You can contact a Dive Team Rep at email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
What is the weather policy?
The outdoor dive well will remain open even if it's raining, but will close if there is thunder and lightening, along with the outdoor pool. Before school is out, we have access to the indoor pool from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. For morning and evening practices once school is out, we do not have access to the indoor pool. If it is raining hard enough, practice may be suspended just like if there is thunder and lightening. In both cases, if the rain/storm is not letting up, we may cancel practice.
If we have to cancel practice either before it starts or once it has started, we will send out an e-mail, so please check for that in case of inclement weather. Sometimes it will obviously be at the last minute. In addition, we plan to not only make sure that pool management is included on our cancellation e-mail, but we will also give the front desk a call to inform them directly.
Assuming that the meet is not already underway, cancellations of meets due to weather may also be communicated via e-mail. Make-ups for the A meets will be scheduled as soon as possible. B meets likely will not be made up.