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Rules and Regulation

D 8 JUDGING

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 (crowhop)
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
to 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 judge may award zero (0)
points, notwithstanding that the Referee has not declared it to be 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, the judge
may award zero (0) points, notwithstanding that the Referee has not declared it to
be 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 dives to the side of the direct
line of flight, each judge shall deduct according to his opinion.

   D 8.5.2 If during an execution of a dive, a diver touches the end of the
springboard or platform with his feet or hands, each judge shall deduct according to
his opinion.
   D 8.5.3 If during the execution of a dive, a diver is unsafely close to the
springboard or platform or touches the end of the springboard or platform with his
head, the judges shall award up to a maximum of 2 points. If the majority of the
judges (at least three (3) in a 5 judge panel / at least four (4) in a 7 judge panel)
award two (2) or less points, all higher scores shall be two (2) points. The judges
indicates to the Referee by the use of electronic technology or where electronic
technology is not available by raising one hand that the two (2) or less points are in
relation to the unsafe close execution of the dive. 

   D 8.5.4 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 8.5.5 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 8.5.6 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 8.5.7 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 8.5.8 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.

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 8.5.9 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 8.5.10 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.

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.

Free position (D)

D 8.5.11 In the free position, the body position is optional but the legs shall be
together and the toes pointed.

D 8.5.12 In somersault dives with twist, the twist may be performed at any time
during the flight.

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 judge may award up to 4 ½ points, notwithstanding
that the Referee has not declared a maximum award of 4 ½.

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 judge
may award up to 4 ½ points, notwithstanding that the Referee has not declared a
maximum award of 4 ½.

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 at the entry a twist is greater or less than that announced by 90
degrees or more, the judge may award zero (0) points, notwithstanding that the
Referee has not declared it to be 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.