DIVE MEET: 101 - Need to Know

What to Bring to a Meet: 

  • At least two towels and/or a Shammy to dry off and keep warm
  • Extra clothing: If it's cool outside, it's nice to have a fleece blanket, sweats, etc.
  • Entertainment: Cards are nice, but typically the kids socialize together
  • Water: Stay hydrated during the event!
  • Snacks/treats: Sharing with the team is a tradition! Please make it peanut and nut free. Some kids make brownies, Rice Krispie treats, or cookies, while others bring lolly pops, fruit, veggies, granola bars, etc.
  • Concessions: Most pools offer concessions during dive meets, should you need an additional snack or drink. 

What Time do Pre-Meet Warm Ups Begin? 
Home dive meet warm ups begin at 3pm. There is a 1-hour break while the away team warms up. The meet begins at 5pm. Away meet warm ups begin at 4pm at the meet location. 
What is the Order of Events? 
The 10 & Unders are the first to dive in a meet. The girls dive prior to the boys. Then the 11-12 year old divers compete, followed by the 13-14 year old divers. Last to dive are the 15 & older 
divers. Sometimes the last two age groups are combined in order to move the meet along more quickly. 
What is a Required Dive? 
The required dive is the first dive of the competition, and it is selected by the host pool coaches prior to the meet. For example, the required dive for the first meet may be a forward dive. This 
means that a diver must select from that dive group. So, an acceptable required dive could be a forward dive in pike position, a forward dive with one somersault, and so on.

What are Optional Dives? 
The remaining dives for a diver after the required dive are optional dives. The sum of dives performed by a diver must come from at least 4 different groups of dives, and no more than 2 can come from any one dive group. 
How Many Dives Does My Child Perform? 
That depends on the age of your child as of June 1st of this year. 
If your child is 10 and younger: 5 dives (but only needs to know 4 dives to compete)
If your child is 11 and older: 6 dive (but only needs to know 5 dives to compete)
How Does My Child Sign Up for a Dive Meet? 
Have your child talk to the coaches early in the week. They will teach you child how to fill in an Individual Diver Score Sheet and help select dives for that diver. 
How Long is a Dive Meet? 
That depends on how many divers are competing, but on average expect 1.5 hours.
Volunteer for the Meet? 
We can use your help to keep the meet running safely, effectively, and in a timely manner. Thanks! 
Can My Child be on Swim Team too? 
Yes, Maple Bluff has a number of Dual Athletes! 

Does My Child Need a Team Suit? 
No, but if you want to purchase one, you may do so at Simply Swimming.