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Springboard and Platform Diving Rules and Requirements

All sports and athletic contests have rules, and diving is no exception. High school diving has different requirements than college, and the rules for junior diving vary depending on your age. So make sure you know the rules and requirements for the type of diving meet in which you are competing.

Why Would A Diver Get A Fail Dive?
When a diver does not complete their dive, they earn zero points. But what other reasons are there that a diver would receive a fail dive.

High School Rule Changes For 2011
The NFHS made several rules changes for high school diving that will be effective for the 2011-2012 season. A hop hurlde is officially legal!

Too Much Time on the Board
Should spending too much time on the board before a dive in a meet be a penalty or not?

What is this A or B Age Group?
Age groups in diving are denoted by a letter, or range of ages depending on whether you are competing in the U.S. or internationally - it's a letter outside the U.S., but a number inside.

Who the Heck is Whistling During a Diving Meet?
A whistle is used in diving contests to alert the diver that it is time to execute their next dive.

FINA’s New Degree of Difficulty Table
With the new FINA Degree of Difficulty Table, having a diving list include optional dives with a D.D. of 3.0 or above may become common place.

How the Degree of Difficulty for a Dive is Calculated
Dives in springboard and platform diving are ranked according to the degree of difficulty of each dive and this difficulty is used in the calculation of diving scores. The degree of difficulty is determined using a formula based on elements in each dive.

What Is A Crow Hop and How Is It Scored?
A crow hop is a movement in diving that is illegal in some organizations and many times overlooked in others.

Hitting the Board – What are the Rules and the Penalty?
Judges need to the be aware of the rules and penalties that occur when a diver hits the board, especially the difference between FINA and High School!

What is a Legal Twisting Dive?
What constitutes a fail dive when a diver under-, or over twists on a dive.

Can a Diver Use a Standing Dive in Competition?
Divers are allowed to compete forward dives from a standing start in USA Diving, AAU, and NCAA competitions, but not in high school. What is the reason behind starting from a standing position?

How Synchronized Diving is Scored
The rules for scoring synchronized diving can be bit confusing. Use this guideline to better understand the process.

Dive Numbers and The Written Description
Dives used in competition are described using two methods: a written description, or numerical identification known as a dive number.

Diving List - An Explanation
In all high school, and junior and senior level diving meets, divers are required to perform a specified number of dives from which a winner is determined. These requirements are made up of two types of dives – voluntary dives and optional dives. The combination of these dives make up what is known as a diver's list.

Diving Meet Requirements - Voluntary Dives
Voluntary or compulsory dives are the easier dives performed in diving contest and are used to show that a diver has mastered many of the techniques needed to perform the harder or optional dives.

Diving Meet Requirements - Optional Dives
Optional dives in competitive diving are the harder and more impressive dives performed in a divers list of dives.

Official Rules and Code of USA Diving
The official rules and code of USA Diving, the national governing body for the sport of diving in the United States.

FINA Degree of Difficulty Table
The official degree of difficulty table used in all USA Diving, Amateur Athletic Union, and FINA diving competitions.

FINA - The International Governing Body for Aquatic Sports
Federation Internationale de Natation, commonly known as FINA, is the international governing body for aquatic sports. In addition to diving, FINA also governs swimming, water polo, synchronized swimming and masters aquatics.

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