Justin Clark

Justin Clark

HEAD DIVE COACH
Ava Smialowicz

Ava Smialowicz

ASSISTANT DIVE COACH
Charlotte Weir

Charlotte Weir

ASSISTANT DIVE COACH
Marlies Petruccelli

Marlies Petruccelli

DIVE TEAM REP
Jillian Green

Jillian Green

DIVE TEAM Co-REP
Michelle Miller

Michelle Miller

DIVE TEAM Co-REP

2024 AFC DIVE TEAM

AFC Tigers Dive Team participates in Northern Virginia Swimming League (NVSL) Division 7, with returning Head Coach Justin Clark, plus Ava Smialowicz and Charlotte Weir as Assistant Coaches.

We welcome divers age 6-18. Dive Team participants MUST be able to:
– Pass the Swim Test (swim length of the pool & tread water), AND
– Confidently jump off the board unassisted, AND
– Swim to the ladder without assistance, AND
– Listen carefully and follow directions.

Please consider these requirements BEFORE signing up your child to participate. If you’re not sure yet, sign up for a few Lessons then register for the Team later when your child is ready.

Questions – contact Dive Team Rep, Marlies Petruccelli: diveteam@afctigers.org.

PARENT PARTICIPATION

We need 5 parents to help at every Dive Meet, to be the Judges and Tableworkers. No experience necessary. NVSL provides free training! Judges get the best seat in the house. Yes, even YOU can be a judge!
Even helping at 1 Meet is much appreciated. PLEASE ATTEND a clinic to learn everything you need to know. (~90 min):
– Sun. June 2 @ 10:30am – OVERLEE (6030 Langston Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205)
– Tue. June 11 @ 6:30pm – CHESTERBROOK (1812 Kirby Rd, McLean, VA 22101)
– Wed. June 19 @ 6:30pm – SLEEPY HOLLOW (3516 Sleepy Hollow Rd, Falls Church, VA 22042)

Click here for the handy Judge’s cheat sheet: 2023 Dive Judge Clinic Handout
2023 Dive Judge Clinic Handout

DIVE REGISTRATION

All AFC Certificate Holders and Summer Rental Members are eligible to join the Dive Team and compete in NVSL-sponsored “A Meets” if qualified by the Coach.

Register for Dive Team BEFORE Fri.May 17, 2024 if you’d like a Swim/Dive t-shirt (to wear on Team picture day) and before June 7th for Early Bird pricing! Early Bird cost for AFC certificate holders & Summer Rentals is $180 for the first diver, $175 for additional divers. Registrations after June 7th, add $25 per diver. Fees must be paid and waivers signed before a Diver may take a lesson or practice with the team.

YES, you can do BOTH Dive Team and Lessons.

YES, you can do BOTH Swim & Dive Teams since practices/meets are beautifully orchestrated to not overlap.

The Dive Team depends on the Registration Fees to hire and pay our coach’s salaries, NVSL fees and insurance, buy equipment and supplies. If for some reason your Diver is unable to continue with the Team, NO REFUNDS AFTER June 14th FOR ANY REASON.
Prior to June 14, Refunds (minus $25 administrative fee per family) are as follows:
– Prior to Fri. June 7 = 100% refund
– June 7 – June 14 = 50% refund. Medical exemptions will be refunded 100%.
– After June 14 = NO REFUNDS FOR ANY REASON.

AFC August Renters can join the AFC Dive team too, and are permitted at the pool during Dive practice and Dive team events. They can compete in our developmental “B” Meets. However, August Rental Dive Team participants cannot be at the pool at times other than Dive-related activities prior to August unless they come as a Guest of another AFC Member. Further, NVSL only allows Divers with a bona fide membership (i.e., full membership privileges) to compete in “A Meets.” August Rental Divers are welcome to attend the A Meets to cheer on their teammates.

DIVE PRACTICE

AFC Dive Team practices start Mon.May 20, with options to attend ONLY 1 hour/day. Coaches help Divers develop their skills in proper technique, as they progress through various dives at their own pace. NO minimum participation requirements! Just come to practice whenever you can.
Divers 10 & under should have responsible adult on deck during practices.
BRING 2 TOWELS to practice! Divers spend most time on deck and can get chilled so they often wrap in a towel, which are then soaked by end of practice.

MAY 20 – JUNE 14 (pick 1 hour/day):

4:00 – 5:00pm
5:00 – 6:00pm*

Fri. 6/7 & 6/14 there is NO 5-6pm practice.
NO practice Memorial Day (Mon.5/27).

JUNE 17 – JULY 16 (pick 1 hour/day):

MORNINGS Monday – Friday:
10:00am – 11:00am [primarily new Divers and those also on Swim Team]
11:00am – 12:00pm [primarily experienced Divers]

AFTERNOONS Mon*, Wed, Thu, Fri:
4:00pm – 5:00pm [primarily Campers]

* Mon.6/17, 6/24, 7/8 afternoon practices are 3-4pm (due to Swim Meet).
[These timeframes are to balance skill level and maximize Diver board time; but do what works for your schedule.]

JULY 17-19 (Divisional Divers ONLY):

10:00 – 11:00am OR
4:00 – 5:00pm

Click here for a complete printable Dive calendar.

Enjoy last year’s season finale Dive video, click here: 2023 Dive season-end slideshow

2024 DIVE MEET SCHEDULE

ALL Meets start at 6:00pm.
Warm-ups for Home meets are at 4:00pm, for Away meets at 5:00pm.

A-Meets (NVSL competitive):
– Tue. June 18 Away (@Rutherford)
– Tue. June 25 Away (@North Springfield)
– Tue. July 2 HOME (vs. Annandale)
– Tue. July 9 Away (@Springfield)
– Tue. July 16 HOME (vs Commonwealth)

B-Meet (developmental)
– Thurs. July 11 Away (@Overlee, with Dom.Hills & Don.Run)

Click here for a complete printable Dive calendar, with all location addresses.

Enjoy last year’s season finale Dive video, click here: 2023 Dive season-end slideshow

2024 AFC TEAM SUITS

Divers can wear any well-fitting swimsuit for both practices and meets. This includes prior year’s AFC team suit styles.
If you’d like to purchase an AFC Swim & Dive Team suit, please visit Sport Fair (703-524-9500) in person at: 5010 Langston Blvd., Arlington, VA 22207 and ask for the Arlington Forest Team suit to try on for proper sizing. Quantities are limited! This year suits are solid black with an orange AFC paw print logo. Again, buying the new team design swimsuits is entirely optional.

General AFC spirit wear is also available in this custom online store for purchase until June 9 (sweatshirts, tank tops, hats, shorts, towel, etc.). For adults too! Click here: https://sportfairusa.tuosystems.com/stores/afc24

2024 NVSL CHAMPIONSHIP MEETS

Weekend NVSL meets provide additional level of competition outside the regular season. Coach will provide details to divers on qualifications and eligibility to participate.

Championship Meets – Sundays @8am in July

July 7: Wally Martin – 3-meter/synchro (Oak Marr)
July 14: Cracker Jack – large-scale B-Meet (Ravensworth, Springfield)
July 21: Divisional Championship (Commonwealth, Fairfax) – up to 16 top AFC divers selected by Coach across all age groups, for individual competition amongst the Division
July 28: All-Stars (Hunt Valley, Springfield) – top 2 Divers in each age group from Divisionals qualify for NVSL individual All-Stars final championship