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?
Dive season officially starts with our first afternoon practice on Wednesday, May 30th.
Dive season will end for most divers with the "Black and Old" Tuckahoe-only meet on Thursday, July 26th.
For qualifying Divisionals divers, the dive season will end at the Divisionals meet on Sunday, July 29th.
For those divers that qualify for All Stars (based on their performance at Divisionals), the dive season will end at the All Stars meet on Sunday, August 5th.
Are there "Try Outs" for the dive team?
There are no tryouts, however, the 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)
- No experience is necessary; however, 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. The only exception to that is for evening practices once school is out that are only one hour. Please make every effort to be early to practice and ready to start promptly.
How often should divers attend practice?
While area schools are in session, dive practice is held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoon from 5:00 to 7:00 pm and on Saturday afternoons (time TBD). During the summer recess, practice is held every weekday morning from 9:00 to 11:00 am and on non-dive meet Mondays and every Wednesday from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.
Divers are encouraged to come as often as fits your schedule. Divers improve 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, May 20th 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?
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. Our Coaches and Team Reps reserve the right to ask people to leave the practice area if this becomes an issue. 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.
Which Divers Dive in Thursday B Meets?
We have three Thursday Night (developmental) meets and all registered divers are eligible and encouraged to dive. Coaches will ask divers at the dive well if the diver will be participating in the forthcoming B meet event. The diver must get back to the coach no later than Thursday morning by the end of practice so that the meet sheets can be completed.
How are Diver's selected to participate in Tuesday A Meets?
This season, we have five Tuesday (competitive or dual) A Meets against other NVSL Division 2 pools. 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. In order for a diver to qualify for the A meet, a specific number of dives are required. This list of dives can be found at the bottom of the Registration page.
What is my volunteer commitment?
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 three volunteer spots OR if you have two divers, you would have six volunteer spots during the dive season. 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 family 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 a beginning-of-the-season potluck. For 2018, this meet will be on Thursday, June 21st from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.
The "Black and Old" meet is our end-of-season meet where the kids judge and the parents dive. Get your cannonballs ready! We will have another potluck with this meet. For 2018, this meet will be on Thursday, July 26th from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Trophies will be awarded at this event.
What is the Dive Banquet?
For 2018, the dive banquet will be held on Saturday, July 21st from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. The place is still TBD, but it is usually held at a restaurant. At the dive banquet, we will have a slide show and paper plate awards. The team will provide food and drinks for the kids and the adults can order their own food from the menu. Most divers choose to dress up a bit for this event. It is nice to finally see the divers in something other than a swimsuit.
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. For 2018, this event will be held on Saturday, July 28th.
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 on Thursday, July 26th.
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.
What are Potluck Dinners?
Each Dive team family is invited to bring a dish to share for potluck dinners for our Black and Gold and Black and Old Tuckahoe-only meets. Look out for a Sign Up Form via e-mail to indicate what you wish to bring. Both potluck dinners will be held on the hill behind the pool and will begin at 5:00 pm.
How will I receive news and information?
We communicate mostly through email and the website. You can contact a Dive Team Rep at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.