D 8 JUDGING

Diving Rules 2009-2013

D 8.1 General

D 8.1.1 A judge shall award from 0 to 10 points for a dive according to his overall impression within the following criteria:

Excellent 10
Very Good 8.5 - 9.5
Good 7.0 - 8.0
Satisfactory 5.0 - 6.5
Deficient 2.5 - 4.5
Unsatisfactory 0.5 - 2.0
Completely failed 0

D 8.1.2 When judging a dive, the judge must not be influenced by any factor other than the technique and execution of the dive. The dive must be considered without regard to the approach to the starting position, the difficulty of the dive, or any movement beneath the surface of the water.

D 8.1.3 The points to be considered in judging the overall impression of a dive are the technique and grace of:
• the starting position and the approach
• the take-off
• the flight
• the entry

D 8.1.4 When a dive is performed clearly in a position other than that announced the dive shall be deemed unsatisfactory. The highest award for such a dive is 2 points.

D 8.1.5 When a dive is performed partially in a position other than that announced, the judges shall exercise their own opinion in making their award up to a maximum of 4½ points.

D 8.1.6 When a dive is not performed in the straight (A), pike (B), tuck (C), or free (D) position, the judge shall deduct from ½ to 2 points, according to his opinion.

D 8.1.7 When a judge considers that a dive of a different number has been performed he may award zero (0) points, notwithstanding that the Referee has not declared it to be a failed dive.

D 8.2 The starting position

D 8.2.1 When the signal is given by the Referee, the diver shall take the starting position.

D 8.2.2 The starting position shall be free and unaffected.

D 8.2.3 When the correct starting position is not free and unaffected, each judge shall deduct ½ to 2 points, according to his opinion.

D 8.2.4 Standing dives

D 8.2.4.1 The starting position in standing dives shall be assumed when the diver stands on the front end of the board or platform.

D 8.2.4.2 The body shall be straight, head erect, with the arms straight in any position.

D 8.2.4.3 When executing a standing dive, the diver must not bounce (crow-hop) on the springboard or platform before the take-off. In this circumstance, the judge shall deduct from ½ to 2 points, according to his opinion.

D 8.2.5 Running dives

D 8.2.5.1 The starting position in a running dive shall be assumed when the diver is ready to take the first step of the run.

D 8.2.6 Armstand dives

D 8.2.6.1 The starting position in an armstand dive shall be assumed when both hands are on the front end of the platform and both feet are off the platform.

D 8.2.6.2 When, in an armstand dive, a stationary and steady balance in the straight vertical position is not shown, each judge shall deduct from ½ to 2 points, according to his opinion.

D 8.2.6.3 A re-start shall be allowed when a diver loses his balance, one or both feet return to the platform, or any other part of his body other than his hands touches the platform. When a diver loses his balance and moves one or both hands from the original position at the front end of the platform, this shall be deemed as a re-start.

D 8.3 The approach

D 8.3.1 When executing a running dive from either the springboard or the platform, the run shall be smooth, aesthetically pleasing, and in a forward direction toward the end of the springboard or platform with the final step being from one foot.

D 8.3.2 When the run is not smooth, aesthetically pleasing, or in a forward direction to the end of the springboard or platform, each judge shall deduct ½ to 2 points, according to his opinion.

D 8.3.3 When the final step is not from one foot, the Referee shall declare a failed dive.

D 8.3.4 The diver must not double bounce on the end of the springboard or platform before the take-off. When the judge considers that the diver has double bounced in a dive, the judge may award zero (0) points, notwithstanding that the Referee has not declared it to be a failed dive.

D 8.4 The take-off

D 8.4.1 The take-off in forward and reverse dives may be performed either standing or running at the option of the diver. The take-off in backward and inward dives must be performed standing.

D 8.4.2 The take-off from the springboard shall be from both feet simultaneously. The forward and reverse take-off from the platform may be from one foot.

D 8.4.3 When the take-off from the springboard is not from both feet simultaneously, the Referee shall declare it a failed dive.

D 8.4.4 In running and standing dives, the take-off shall be bold, high and confident, and shall be from the end of the springboard or platform.

D 8.4.5 When the take-off is not bold, high and confident, or from the end of the springboard or platform, each judge shall deduct ½ to 2 points, according to his opinion.

D 8.4.6 In dives with twist, the twisting shall not be manifestly done from the springboard or platform. If the twisting is manifestly done from the springboard or platform, each judge shall deduct ½ to 2 points, according to his opinion.

D 8.5 The flight

D 8.5.1 If during the execution of a dive, a diver touches the end of the springboard or platform, or dives to the side of the direct line of flight, each judge shall deduct according to his opinion.

D 8.5.2 During the flight, the position of the dive shall be at all times aesthetically pleasing. Should any of the positions not be shown as described below, each judge shall deduct ½ to 2 points, according to his opinion.

The dive can be executed in the following positions:

Straight (A)

D 8.5.3 In the straight position the body shall not be bent either at the knees or hips. The feet shall be together and the toes pointed. The position of the arms is at the option of the diver.

D 8.5.4 In all flying dives a straight position shall be clearly shown and that position shall be assumed from the take off or after one somersault. When the straight position is not shown for at least one quarter of a somersault (90º) in dives with one (1) somersault, and at least one half of a somersault (180°) in dives with more than one (1) somersault, the maximum award by the judges shall be 4½ points.

Pike (B)

D 8.5.5 In the pike position the body shall be bent at the hips, but the legs must be kept straight at the knees, the feet shall be together, and the toes pointed. The position of the arms is at the option of the diver.

D 8.5.6 In the pike dives with twist, the pike position must be clearly shown. Should this position not be shown, each judge shall deduct ½ to 2 points, according to his opinion.

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These diving illustrations serve as a guide only and the position of the arms is at the choice of the diver except in the entry.

Tuck (C)

D 8.5.7 In the tuck position the body shall be compact, bent at the knees and hips with the knees and feet together. The hands shall be on the lower legs and the toes pointed.

D 8.5.8 In tuck dives with twist, the tuck position must be clearly shown. Should this position not be shown, each judge shall deduct ½ to 2 points, according to his opinion.

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These diving illustrations serve as a guide only and the position of the arms is at the choice of the diver except in the case of the hands in the tuck and the entry.

Free position (D)

D 8.5.9 In the free position, the body position is optional but the legs shall be together and the toes pointed.

D 8.5.10 In somersault dives with twist, the twist may be performed at any time during the dive.

D 8.6 The entry

D 8.6.1 The entry into the water shall in all cases be vertical, not twisted, with the body straight, the feet together, and the toes pointed.

D 8.6.2 When the entry is short or over, twisted or the body not straight, the feet not together, and the toes not pointed, each judge shall deduct according to his opinion.

D 8.6.3 In head first entries, the arms shall be stretched beyond the head and in line with the body, with the hands close together. If one or both arms are held below the head on entry, the Referee shall declare a maximum award of 4½ points.

D 8.6.4 In feet first entries, the arms shall be close to the body with no bending at the elbows. If one or both arms are held beyond the head on entry, the Referee shall declare a maximum award of 4½ points.

D 8.6.5 Other than as provided in Rules D 8.6.3 and D 8.6.4, when the arms are not in the correct position in either the head first or feet first entry, each judge shall deduct from ½ to 2 points, according to his opinion.

D 8.6.6 When a twist is greater or less than that announced by 90 degrees or more, the Referee shall declare it a failed dive

D 8.6.7 The dive is considered to have been completed when the whole of the body is completely under the surface of the water.