A trap that many younger divers fall into is the belief that the more somersaults and twists you can do, the better the diver you are. This may work if you are trying to impress everyone around the neighborhood pool, but in a competitive setting, bigger is not necessarily better!
The object in competitive diving is relatively simple – score more points than your opponent and win the contest. You may be able to show everyone that you can do a forward 3 ½ tuck, but when you receive low scores from the judges you might find yourself looking up at the other divers on the awards stand instead of looking down.
If you can do a forward 2 ½ in pike position from the three-meter springboard, and on average receive scores of six or above, you will be better off using that dive in a meet rather than a new dive – a forward 3 ½ in tuck position that will only score fours.
The other aspect of doing an easier dive that will score more points, is psychological. Would you rather finish a dive feeling confident about your chances in a meet, or bomb a dive and then feel you have to perform a spectacular dive just to stay in contention? The answer to this should be obvious, but many times the diver feels that he or she has to keep up with competition and do the harder dive. This will automatically put a diver at a disadvantage.
Every diver should enter into a competition with the confidence that they can execute each and every dive for high scores. Practice and training sessions are the time and place for working on new dives, not important meets. Don’t let your pride get in the way of having a good diving meet. Always remember the object in diving – score more points than your opponent.
|Forward 2 1/2 Pike (105B)||2.4||6,6,6||43.2|
|Forward 3 1/2 Tuck (107C)||2.8||4,4,4||33.6|