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Dive Team Info

Carderock Cudas participate in Montgomery County Dive League (MCDL) and are responsible for following MCDL rule in regard to holding meets. These protocols will be shared as they are made available.

The dive team is for children and young adults from 5-18 years old. No prior diving experience is necessary. The Carderock Dive Coaches will work with new divers to teach them to safely perform basic dives, and then work with them daily to strengthen the execution of their dives.

2024 Divisionals dive championship and end-of-season banquet will be July 21.


June 16, 4pm Mohican at Carderock Springs
June 23, 4pm Carderock Springs at Little Falls

June 30, 4pm

Potomac Woods at Carderock Springs

July 7, 4pm

Country Glen at Carderock Springs

July 14, 4pm

Carderock Springs at River Falls

July 19, 3:30pm     

Robin Hood Invitational Meet

July 21, 8am

Divisional Championships (location TBD)

July 24, 3pm

MCDL All Stars (12 and Under) location TBD
July 25, 3pm  MCDL All Stars (13-18) location TBD

Tentative Summer Dive Schedule for the Carderock Cuda Dive Team MCDL Division III 




Divers must sign up to attend a practice time for their age group. Once school is out, divers may come in the morning OR afternoon, but not both.  Attendance at the morning practices is strongly encouraged. 

EARLY SEASON, May 28 - June 13

Practices are offered Monday - Thursday each week. Dive reps will be on deck to answer questions.

11 and over 4:00-4:45 pm
10 and under - option A 4:45-5:30 pm
10 and under - option B 5:30-6:15 pm
ALL AGES 6:15-7:00 pm 

SUMMER SEASON, June 14-July 12

Morning Practice is offered Monday - Thursday each week. 

ALL AGES  9:00-10:00 am 

Afternoon Practice is offered Monday - Thursday each week*. 

11 and over 4:00-4:45 pm
10 and under - option A 4:45-5:30 pm
10 and under - option B 5:30-6:15 pm
ALL AGES 6:15-7:00 pm 

*On June 12 and June 26 there will be no practice after 5:30 pm due to home swim meets. No practices on July 4. There will be additional practices times made available for those who qualify for MCDL divisionals/all stars.

WATER POLO & DONUTS, June 14, 21, 28, July 5: Open to all Dive and Swim teammates on Fridays (11+ 8-9am, 10U 9-10am)

WATER POLO PANCAKE BREAKFAST, July 12: Swim and Dive teammates celebrate the last week of regular season; parents bring breakfast! (11+ 8-9am, 10U 9-10am)

2023 FEES (You sign up for the season; there are no pro-rates, please don't ask.)

Early Bird registration is $195 through May 5.

Regular Registration Fee: $245, for registrations completed May 6 - May 22.

Registration closes May 22.

Groups size is limited. Once registration fills up, we will take a waitlist. If we can increase capacity and add divers we will, but this is not guaranteed. Early registration is strongly encouraged. 


MCDL is a volunteer-run league, so we need the help of all parents for the program to run smoothly. Each meet needs a referee, 5 judges, 4 table workers, and an announcer. Parent volunteers are essential to make the meets happen! Please note that each family is required to volunteer a minimum of 2 times each season. Each role below fulfills 1 of the required slots. 

  • Meet Referee - Instructs judges and coaches before the meet. Makes decisions relative to the execution of dives in line with the rule book. (Referee clinics are offered pre-season to become certified.)
  • Meet Judge - Scores each dive. No previous diving experience is necessary. Judges will be trained! (Judging clinics are offered pre-season to become certified.)
  • Meet Table Worker - Inspects dive sheets for accuracy, records judge's scores, and computes scores. (No official training required)
  • Meet Announcer - Announces diver, dive number, the dive, position, and degree of difficulty.

Judges/Referees Clinic Schedule - See Officials Training tab

About the Montgomery County Dive League

The MCDL is a developmental dive league designed to provide young divers with the opportunity to learn new skills, enhance previous achievements, and develop as strong league leaders, while having fun.

The MCDL is grounded on two fundamental principles; safety and sportsmanship.

Divers compete against other children of the same age in several categories, divided by boys and girls: 8 & Under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, and 15-18.

The divers learn the basic front and back jumps and dives, and then more complicated somersault, reverse, inward, and twisting dives. Points are awarded to the teams for their first-, second-,and third- place finishes within each age group.

Divers may also join swim team or pre-team, provided they meet the swim team eligibility requirements.


What dives are required? How are dives scored? What are the different parts of the dive that are scored? What should a dive look like? What are the degrees of difficulty?

For answers to these questions and more, click on the MCDL 2022 Handbook 


Shelley Cohen - [email protected], 202-422-4488

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