Dive Team

The Oakton Otter Dive Team invites all OSRC members under the age of 18, who are interested in learning to dive and like having FUN, to join our program for Summer 2017. And if you are already an Otter Diver, we look forward to seeing you soon in the dive well! We have an awesome team of divers, great staff of coaches, and enthusiastic parent volunteers—all the ingredients for a fantastic summer as we look forward to competing in NVSL-Dive Division 3.

Listed below are some commonly asked questions about Dive Team. If you have a question we haven’t answered, contact Dive Reps Mark Klopfenstein or Lisa Vaughan. Go Otters!

frequently asked questions:

  • Why join the Otter Dive Team?

  • Do I already need to know how to dive to join the Dive Team?

  • Can I participate in both the Dive and Swim Teams?

  • When does the Dive Team practice?

  • How do Dive Meets work?

  • What diving ability must I have to compete in an Otter Dive Meet?

  • How are the dives in Dive Meets scored?

  • What are the costs and parent volunteer requirements to participate in Dive?

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Why join the Otter Dive Team?

Do you like to have fun? Do you like to challenge yourself and learn new things? Do you like to hang out with a fun group of people all summer? If you answered yes, you should check out the Oakton Otters Dive Team!

Our high-caliber coaching team strives to create an environment where divers can work hard, learn new diving skills, and reach their personal goals. But above all, we want it to be fun. In addition to regular practices and meets, we have “Fun Friday” practices, weekly dive dinners and diver recognition, weekly dive team crafts, secret pal gift exchanges, and an end-of-season banquet. It’s a great way to spend the summer.

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Do I already need to know how to dive to join the Dive Team?

Absolutely not! No prior diving experience is necessary to join the dive team. The only pre-requisites are that you: 1) be a strong enough swimmer to earn a “patch” from the pool (includes swimming one length of the pool and treading water for 5 minutes); and 2) be willing to jump “feet first” off the diving board. Our coaches will take it from there … and provide instruction at each diver’s own ability level.

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Can I participate on both the Dive and Swim Teams?

Yes, and a number of our divers do. Practices are specifically coordinated so they don’t overlap, and our meets are on different days.

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When does the Dive Team practice?

Starting after Memorial Day, the Dive Team practices every day after school. Daily morning practices begin as soon as school ends and go through July 26 (divers participating in the Divisional and All Star meets will continue to practice through those events). We also are lucky to be able to offer special Wednesday evening practices with Otter Dive Team founder and Oakton High School coach Cheryl Meltz. A detailed schedule of practices by age group is available HERE.

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How do Dive Meets work?

Oakton will participate in a variety of different meets over the course of the season. These are described below. The mock meet and dual meets are on Tuesday evenings. The full 2016 meet schedule can be found HERE.

  • Mock Intrasquad Meet. We will kick off the season with an Oakton-only “mock meet,” which will give our divers the chance to experience what a meet is like and give our parent reps and volunteers the chance to “dry run” a meet.

  • NVSL Dual (“A”) Meets. We will participate in five dual meets against other Division 3 teams. Each team can send up to 32 divers to compete. Given the size of our team, most divers who can execute the required dives for their age group will have the opportunity to compete. Coaches will develop a strategy for each meet, based on the eligible divers in each age group and their capabilities. It is important to notify the coaches in advance if your child will not be available to participate in a given meet. 

  • Wally Martin 3-Meter/Synchro Meet. This is a voluntary meet (held at Oak Marr Rec Center) for any divers interested in competing on the “high dive” (3-meter board) or diving “synchro” with a partner (1-meter board). Those interested in participating should speak to the coaches. Additional practices will be arranged to prepare.

  • Cracker Jack Meet.  This is a fun and voluntary meet for novice divers who have not placed in a dual meet and are not participating in the divisional meet. Coach-assisted dives are permitted, as are front and back jumps.

  • Divisional Meet. The top divers from NVSL Division 3 will compete in this meet. Oakton will select its top 16 divers to participate.

  • All Stars Meet. The top three divers in each age group at the Divisional Meet will be invited to participate in the All Stars Meet. This meet will bring together the top divers from all NVSL divisions. Oakton is hosting this meet.

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What diving ability must I have to compete in an Otter Dive Meet?

In order to compete in an NVSL Dual (“A”) Meet, the diver must be able to execute a specified number of dives based on his or her age group (age as of June 1, 2017). Every diver must be able to do a front dive and a back dive plus their choice of optional dives.

  • Freshman (10 and Under)

    • 2 required dives:

      • 001 front entry OR 101 front dive

      • 002 back entry OR 201 back dive

    • 1 optional dive

      • 100 front jump OR 200 back jump

      • OR any other listed dive other than those required

  • Junior (11-12 Year Olds)

    • 2 required dives:

      • 101 front dive

      • 201 back dive

    • 2 optional dives:

      • Any other listed dives other than those required but must be from different dive groups (front, back, reverse, inward, twist). 

  • Intermediate (13-14 Year Olds)

    • 2 required dives:

      • 101 front dive

      • 201 back dive

    • 3 optional dives:

      • Any other listed dives other than those required but must be from different dive groups (front, back, reverse, inward, twist). 

  • Senior (16-18 Year Olds)

    • 3 required dives

      • 101 front dive

      • 201 back dive

      • 401 inward dive

    • 3 optional dives:

      • Any other listed dives other than those required but must be from different dive groups (front, back, reverse, inward, twist). 

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How are the dives in Dive Meets scored?

A panel of five volunteer judges will score each completed dive, taking into consideration these four dive components:

  • Approach – The steps forward on the board prior to the hurdle and take off

  • Hurdle - The final segment of a diver’s approach to takeoff.  Consists of a spring to the end of the board, taking off from one foot, and landing on two feet at the end of the board.

  • Flight – The portion of the dive in the air, between takeoff and entry,

  • Entry - The conclusion of a dive as a diver makes contact with the water. May be either head or feet-first.

Scores for a dive range from 0 to 10, including ½ scores.  The highest and lowest score on each dive is discarded.  The 3 middle scores are then added together and multiplied by the dive’s Degree of Difficulty (DD) to produce the final score for that particular dive.

A referee will determine if a dive is “failed” (not correctly completed), in which case no points will be awarded for the dive. The referee will also call a “balk” (a diver clearly starts their approach, stops and restarts), in which case the dive is judged as usual but 2 points are deducted from each judge’s score.

Please remember that all judges and referees are parent volunteers (not paid professionals, nor experts). If you have any questions or concerns about the scoring of a dive, please speak with a Coach or Team Dive Rep. It is never appropriate to speak directly with a judge or referee.

The total points for all dives completed by a diver will be combined for the diver’s overall meet score. The top three finishers in each boy/girl age group will receive points for the team (1st place = 5 points; 2nd place = 3 points; 3rd place = 1 point). Each team’s points are totaled at the end of the meet to determine the winner.

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What are the costs and parent volunteer requirements to participate in Dive?

The cost to participate on the Dive Team is $165.00 for the first two divers.  Each additional diver is $150.00. In addition, each family is required to fulfill three volunteer jobs during the season (e.g., judge, table worker, ribbon prep, etc.) to help our meets run smoothly. Local clinics are available for those jobs requiring some training.  

We also have a number of volunteer “chair” positions available that also fulfill the volunteer requirement. The full list of positions can be viewed HERE.

Finally, we ask that each family bring a dish to share to at least one recognition dinner.

Together, we can make it a great season for all!