Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Is prior experience required for joining the Dive Team? No, the team welcomes all who wish to dive - from beginners to experts. A diver needs to be 6 - 18 years old and a strong enough swimmer to have passed the pool's swim test. There are no tryouts, simply complete the registration process and come to practice.

Is it possible to be on both the KGRC Swim Team and Dive Team? Yes, many of our divers also compete on the swim team. The two teams have coordinated their practice times so that children can go straight from one practice to the other.

Are private dive lessons available? Yes, please contact Head Coach Leigh Anne Methlie for details.

Will my child dive in every Tuesday night meet? Usually, however, the team can only enter up to 32 divers per meet and the coaches will decide which divers will compete in a meet. Their decisions are based on a variety of factors, including whether a diver can safely perform the requisite dives.

What does “diving-up” mean? A coach may select a diver to dive in the next higher age group for a meet. A diver can only dive-up one age group. For example, a Freshman diver could dive as a Junior but not as an Intermediate or Senior. Divers may not dive up in championship meets.

How long do the meets run? The Tuesday evening dual (two team) meets start between 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. and usually end by 9:00 p.m.

Is it necessary for divers to stay for the entire meet? While divers are encouraged to stay for the full meet and support their teammates, it is not necessary that they do so. The youngest divers (Freshman – age 10 and under) are the first to dive, and they usually finish by 7 p.m.

If my child is not diving in a meet, should they still go to the meet to watch? Yes, watching more experienced divers is a valuable learning tool.

How do I contact the coaches? Visit the Contact Us page on the team website.

Can I take photos of a diver during the meet? You can, however, flash photography is not permitted.

If I think one or more of the judges made an error in scoring my child, should I say something to them? No. Speak to the team representative or a coach after the meet is over, not during the meet. The viewing angle of spectators at most pools is vastly different from that of the judges, who are right next to the pool and within a few feet of the diving boards.

Why don’t the judges take into account the degree of difficulty (DD) in a dive when they hold up their scores? The judges base their scores on how well a diver performs all of the elements of the dive: the approach, take-off, technique and grace in the air, and the entry into the water. They do not take into consideration how difficult a dive is to perform. After the judges scores are recorded, the table workers multiply the scores by the dive’s DD to come up with the overall score for the dive. A list of dives and their respective DD’s is available on the NVSL Dive website.

What is the range of scores and what do they mean?

  • 0: Failed
  • ½ – 2: Unsatisfactory
  • 2 ½ – 4 ½: Deficient
  • 5 – 6 ½: Satisfactory
  • 7 – 10: Good to Very Good to Excellent

Failed: Wrong dive performed; head/hands not contacting water first on head first dive; feet not contacting water first on feet first dive; twisting dives over/under twist 90 degrees or more.

Unsatisfactory: no take-off (i.e.,front or back entry performed instead of front or back dive); diver hits the board; dive performed out of position or with no clearly definable position; or a nearly horizontal or balled up entry.

Deficient: the following examples of performance faults, based upon severity or combination, could result in scores in the deficient range: incomplete hurdle, arm swing or press on approach; arms reaching outward instead of upward on take-off; during flight, one or more breaks in position, position not tight, twists occurring in non-twister dives, dive not completed at or before entry into water, bent legs/arms, poor body alignment, legs or feet apart, flat feet; on entry, arms not over head or at sides as specified for dives/jumps; legs or feet apart, not symmetrical; entry not vertical; dive enters too far out, too close or to the side of the board.

Satisfactory: approach has clear press and arm swing, hurdle from one foot, after hurdle both feet must contact board; take-off, vertical lift from board; flight, up but not out, balanced and controlled, arms/legs/torso aesthetically, symmetrically aligned, well defined dive position; dive completed in air, body fully extended at or before entry; entry, approximately vertical, feet together, toes pointed, not too far out, too close or to the side of the board; arms fully extended upward on headfirst entry, downward on feet first; no twists on entry.

Good to Very Good to Excellent: All of the Satisfactory elements plus one or more of the following: strong vertical lift (diver's center of gravity reaches at or above the diver's height); dive completed above board level; aesthetic and symmetrical body alignment from takeoff through entry; strong vertical line established well before entry; rip entry.

Are each of the judges’ scores counted? No. At most meets, there are 5 judges scoring a diver but the highest and lowest score for each diver is thrown out, and only the middle three scores are counted.