High school diving is performed on a one meter diving board. Diving is a difficult sport that takes determination and hard work. Only a select few high school teenagers have these characteristics. It is very easy to become uncomfortable and inflexible diving after only a couple of days off the board. That is why it is very important to always stretch and do your best at doing drills when your are unable to be on the board.
The approach is the first thing the judges look at. Your approach consists of three or more steps forward to the end of the board before the hurdle and takeoff. If you have a good forceful hurdle you should be able to throw any dive you are confident in. This tells the judges you have good form if you have a graceful and productive hurdle.
The next thing the judges look at is your take off. Your take off is your lift from the board prior to execution of the dive. You should show control and balance, plus the proper angle of landing and leaving for the particular dive being attempted. Moving on is the execution of your dive. The elevation is the amount of spring or lift a diver receives from the takeoff which affects the appearance of your dive. The more height you have is the more time you have, which leads to a better execution.
The execution is the dive itself. Your execution is the way you throw the dive or (kill) the dive. A judge watches for proper mechanical performance, technique, form, and grace. Your entry into the water is significant because it’s the last thing the judge sees. Judges favor a graceful, vertical entry, you are going to want the smallest splash you can make.
Each judge scores a dive between zero and 10 points, which includes half point increments. Scores are defined as follows:
8½-9½: Very good
0: Completely failed