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Rules and Regulation

D 6 DUTIES OF THE REFEREE AND ASSISTANT REFEREES

D 6.1 The Referee shall be in control of the competition and located in a position so
that he can manage the competition and ensure that the Rules are observed.

D 6.2 The Referee may designate Assistant Referees, who:
- shall observe the diver(s) on the platform,
- confirm the awards prior to their announcement, and
- in synchronised diving, will be positioned on the opposite side of the pool
to observe the performance of the diver on that side.

D 6.3 The Referee shall inspect the statements of dives. If the statement does not
comply with the Rules, the Referee shall have it corrected before the beginning of the
competition.

D 6.4 The diver, or the diver’s representative, shall be informed of the Referee’s
decision, that a correction is required, as soon as possible.

D 6.5 In the case of unforeseen circumstances, the Referee may declare a short
break, a postponement or a discontinuation of the competition. If possible the break
should be done after a full round of dives.

D 6.6 Following an interruption, the competition shall be continued from where it was
stopped. The points scored before the interruption shall be carried forward into the remaining portion of the competition, whenever it is held. The final results must be based on the last complete round of dives. Note: If the competition cannot be continued, the result will be determined by the Jury of Appeal.

D 6.7 When there is a strong wind, the Referee may give a diver the right to make a
re-start without deduction of points.

D 6.8 Before each dive, the Referee or the official announcer shall announce in the
language of the host country the name of the diver and the dive to be executed. In
competitions where different platforms are used the height of the platform shall also be
announced. If a scoreboard is used, all information concerning the dive shall be
displayed and the announcement may be restricted to the identification of the diver

D 6.9 When a dive is incorrectly announced, the diver or his representative shall
advise the Referee immediately, who shall then confirm the diver’s statement of dives.

D 6.10 If the incorrectly announced dive is executed by the diver, the Referee may
cancel it and have the correct dive announced and performed immediately. The awards
for the first dive must be noted should a protest be lodged.

D 6.11 The dive shall be executed after a signal given by the Referee. The signal
shall not be given before the diver has assumed his position on the board or platform
and the Referee has checked the indicator board. For backward and inward take-offs,
the diver shall not proceed to the end of the springboard or platform until after the signal
has been given by the Referee.

D 6.12 Each diver shall be given sufficient time for the preparation and execution of
the dive, but if it takes more than one minute after the Referee has given a warning, the
diver shall receive zero (0) points for the dive announced.

D 6.13 When a diver executes a dive before the signal is given, the Referee shall
decide whether the dive shall be repeated.

D 6.14 In exceptional circumstances, the Referee may allow a diver to repeat a dive
without penalty. The awards for the first dive must be noted should a protest be lodged.

D 6.15 The request for such a repetition must be made immediately by the diver or
his representative.

D 6.16 If the diver double bounces on the end of the springboard or platform before
take-off, the Referee shall declare it a failed dive. 

D 6.18 When the take-off from the springboard is not from both feet simultaneously,
the Referee shall declare it a failed dive.

D 6.19 When it is quite clear that the dive has been performed in a position other than
that announced, the Referee shall repeat the announcement, and declare that the
maximum award shall be 2 points, before giving the judges the signal to show their
marks. If a judge then awards more than 2 points, the Referee shall declare the award
from that judge to be 2 points.

D 6.20 When at the entry a twist is greater or less than that announced by 90 degrees
or more, the Referee shall declare it a failed dive

D 6.21 When the Referee is certain that a diver has performed a dive of a number
other than that announced, the Referee shall declare it a failed dive.

D 6.22 When one or both arms are held above the head in a feet first entry or below
the head in a head first entry, the Referee shall declare the maximum award to be 4½
points. If a judge then awards more than 4½ points, the Referee shall declare the award
from that judge to be 4½ points.

   D 6.22.1 In head first dives, if the feet enter the water before the head or hands, the
Referee shall declare it a failed dive.

   D 6.22.2 In feet first dives, if the head or hands enter the water before the feet, the
Referee shall declare it a failed dive.

D 6.23 During the execution of a dive, there shall be no assistance to the diver from
any person. Assistance between dives shall be permitted.

D 6.24 The Referee may declare a dive to be failed if he considers that assistance
has been given to the diver after the starting signal.

D 6.25 When a diver in a running dive takes a step and stops or in a standing dive
stops the movement for the take-off after the legs have commenced to press, the
Referee shall declare there has been a re-start and shall deduct 2 points from the
award of each judge.

D 6.26 When there is a restart in a running, standing, or armstand dive, the Referee
shall deduct 2 points from the award of each judge.

D 6.27 When a second attempt (a re-start) is unsuccessful, the Referee shall declare
a failed dive.

D 6.28 When a diver refuses to execute a dive, the Referee shall declare a failed
dive.

D 6.29 If a diver in a competition disturbs a contest, the Referee may exclude him
from that competition. If a member of a team, a coach or an official disturbs a contest,
the Referee may exclude that person from the competition area.

D 6.30 The Referee may remove any judge from the competition whose judgement
he regards as unsatisfactory and may appoint another judge to replace him. At the end
of the competition the Referee shall make a written report to the Jury of Appeal.

D 6.31 Such a change of judge shall take place only at the end of a session or round
of dives performed by each diver.

D 6.32 At the end of the competition the Referee shall confirm the final results by his
signature.