About Dive

About High School Dive

High school swim and dive is one competition. Thus, both the swim and dive teams compete against the same schools in the same meets. The season begins with seven dual meets against Patriot District rivals. Depending on where the meet is being held, diving is conducted either before or during the swimming competition, based on the size of the pool. Swim and dive points are added together for each team to determine the meet scores separately for the girls' swim and dive team and the boy's swim and dive team.


Dual Meets

The format for dual meets can get a bit confusing. Divers are required to perform one voluntary dive and five optional dives for a total of six dives for each meet. Voluntary dives are the simpler ones, such as a front dive, a back dive, a reverse dive, or an inward dive. Optional dives can be any dive except the one performed for the voluntary dive. For example, if you perform a front dive for your voluntary dive, you may use a back dive, a reverse dive, or an inward dive for your optionals, as well as any other dive that is listed in the Virginia High School League list of dives. If you thought that part was confusing, just wait. Each week, the voluntary dive that must be performed changes. The first meet, a front must be done for the voluntary; the second meet, a back; the third meet, a reverse; the fourth meet, an inward; the fifth meet, a twister; and that cycle continues until the dual meet season is over. If you've been thinking hard about this format, you might have realized that there are only five groups but the divers are required to compete six dives. What is nice about this format is the voluntary dive is counted completely separate from the optional dives. Therefore, the divers must perform five optionals from only four groups, without repeating the dive they did for their voluntary. While this can be confusing, the coach understands the format and continues to teach the divers throughout the season.

For those who are familiar with the judging format of NVSL diving, it is the same in high school diving. There are five parent judges, two from the home team, and three from the visiting team. For each dive, each judge throws one score. The high score and the low score are dropped in an attempt to eliminate any biases. The three remaining scores are added together and multiplied by the dive's degree of difficulty. Each dive, no matter what it is, is assigned a degree of difficulty based on how difficult the dive is to perform. There is a very long formula to figure out each dive's degree of difficulty, so it won't be covered here. Just know that, the more difficult the dive is, the larger multiplier will be applied to the judge's scores. This gives the divers an incentive to perform the more difficult dives.

Each dive's total score is added up to get a final score, which then determines the final ranking of the divers. Unfortunately diving counts as only one event in the meet, so the placings are scored the same way as an individual swimming event.

Championship Meets

The format for the championship meets are completely different than the dual meets, yet they are scored the same way. In districts, regions, and states the girls perform 10 dives and boys perform 11 rather than the six performed in dual meets. Of the 10 dives performed by girls, five are voluntary dives and five optional. Thus, divers must do two dives from each group - front, back, reverse, inward, and twister. The format for the boys is the same, but they must do three dives from one of those five groups and two from the others.