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Rules and Regulation

HD 7 JUDGING

HD 7.1 General

HD 7.1.1 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

HD 7.1.2 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.

HD 7.1.3 The points to be considered in judging the overall impression of a dive are the technique and grace of:
               - the take-off
               - the flight
               - the entry

HD 7.1.4 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, notwithstanding that the Referee has not repeated the announcement and declared maximum 2 points.

HD 7.1.5 When a dive is performed with a break of position during the flight, the highest award for such a dive is 4 ½ points, notwithstanding that the Referee has not declared maximum 4 ½ points.

HD 7.1.6 When a dive has a break in the position just at or before the entry, the judge shall deduct from ½ to 3 points, according to his hers discretion.

HD 7.1.7 When a dive is not performed in the straight (A), pike (B), tuck (C), free (D) or 3 position (E) position as described, the judge shall deduct from ½ to 2 points, according to his opinion.

HD 7.1.8 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.

HD 7.2 Starting position

HD 7.2.1 The starting position in standing dives shall be assumed when the diver stands at the front edge of the platform, in a running dive when the diver is ready to take the first step of the run and in an armstand dive when both feet are on the front end of the platform and both feet are off the platform.

HD 7.2.2 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.

HD 7.2.3 A re-start shall be allowed when a diver in a standing or running dive stops and then contiues and in an armstand loses the 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 a re-start. The Referee shall declare a 2 point deduction from each judge.

HD 7.3 The take-off

HD 7.3.1 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.

HD 7.3.2 The take-off shall be strong and with a safe distance to the platform.

HD 7.3.3 When the take-off is not strong and with a safe distance to the platform, each judge shall deduct from ½ to 2 points according to his opinion.

HD 7.3.4 In dives with twist, the twisting shall not be manifestly done from the platform. If the twisting is manifestly done from the platform, each judge shall deduct ½ to 2 points, according to his opinion.

HD 7.4 The flight

HD 7.4.1 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)
HD 7.4.2 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.

Pike (B)
HD 7.4.3 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.



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)

HD 7.4.4 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.



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)

HD 7.4.5 In the free position, the body position is optional but the legs shall be together and the toes pointed.

HD 7.4.6 In somersault dives with twist, the twist may be performed at any time during the flight.

3 positions (E)

HD 7.4.7 During the dive all three positions (A, B and C) must be shown.

Flying (F)

HD 7.4.8 In all flying dives a straight position shall be clearly shown and that position shall be assumed from the take-off. When the straight position is not shown for at least one quarter of a somersault (90º) the maximum award by the judges shall be 4½ points, notwithstanding that the Referee has not declared maximum 4 ½ points.

HD 7.5 The entry

HD 7.5.1 The entry into the water shall in all cases be vertical, not twisted, with the body straight, the feet together, and the toes pointed.

HD 7.5.2 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.

HD 7.5.3 At the entry the arms shall be close to the body with no bending at the elbows. If one or both arms are held above the shoulder line on entry, the highest award for such an entry is 4½ points, notwithstanding that the Referee has not declared maximum 4½ points

HD 7.5.4 Other than as provided in Rules HD 7.5.3, when the arms are not in the correct position each judge shall deduct from ½ to 2 points, according to his opinion.

HD 7.5.5 When a twist is greater or less than that announced by 90 degrees or more, the judges shall award zero (0) points, notwithstanding that the Referee has not declared it to be a failed dive.

HD 7.5.6 The dive is considered to have been completed, when the whole of the body is completely under the surface of the water.