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Judging & Scoring

Each judge scores a dive between zero and 10 points, in half-point increments.

Scores are defined as follows:

10: Excellent
8½-9½ Very Good
7-8: Good
5-6½: Satisfactory
2½-4½: Deficient
½-2: Unsatisfactory
0: Completely failed

Judges evaluate the following parts of a dive to determine an overall score:

  • Approach: Three or more steps forward to the end of the board before the hurdle and takeoff. Should be smooth but forceful, showing good form.
  • Takeoff: A diver’s lift from the board prior to execution of the dive. Must show control and balance, plus the proper angle of landing and leaving for the particular dive being attempted.
  • Elevation: The amount of spring or lift a diver receives from the takeoff greatly affects the appearance of the dive. Since more height means more time, a higher dive generally affords greater accuracy and smoothness of movement.
  • Execution: The dive itself. Form: A judge watches for proper mechanical performance, technique, form, and grace.
  • Entry: The entry into the water is significant because it’s the last thing the judge sees. Judges favor a graceful, vertical entry along with a minimal amount of splash.

NVSL Dive Meets have 5 judges. A diver’s overall score for an individual dive is calculated in the following way:

  1. Each of the five judges awards a score to a diver for his or her dive. (Ex: 6-5-5-5-4)
  2. The two highest and two lowest scores are eliminated. (Ex: 6 and 4 are eliminated.)
  3. The remaining scores are totaled. (Ex: 5 + 5 + 5 = 15)
  4. This total (15) is then multiplied by the predetermined degree of difficulty rating associated with the particular dive performed to calculate the overall score. These degree of difficulty ratings range from 1.2 to 4.1, in one-tenth increments. (Ex: 15 × 2.0 = 30)

Interested in being a judge? 
No experience required and juding clinics are offered! Please contact the team representative.

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Contact the WCRA Dive Team Representative, at [email protected]. We can't wait to see you on the boards this summer!

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