2011 Dive Team Newsletter

posted Jun 13, 2011, 5:11 AM by Dan Offringa
SRA Dive Newsletter
New Coach:  Bryan Bahr

Our coach this year is Bryan Bahr, entering his Senior year at George Mason University and a member of their Diving Team.  Bryan won the CAA title in the 3-meter dive with and finished 3rd in 1-meter dive.  He was named the CAA Men's Diver of the Week twice last year.  He earned four letters in diving at Mount Vernon High School.  He competed with the Patriot Dive Club, and was the AAU National Champion in 2006 & 2007.   Many of you had the opportunity to meet Bryan at Super Sunday Registration.  He brings a distinct love for coaching to our team and is able to teach youths to dive in a natural and approachable manner.  Please welcome Coach Bryan to our team. 

Your Team Reps: 

Peggy Dinkel,

703-360-6224  (h)

 703-244-8197 (c) 


About Peg:  This is my sixth year being associated with the team.  I have been amazed at the growth we experienced last year and I am ever encouraged at the growing program we have with NVSL Dive at SRA.  Not many pools have the opportunity to participate in NVSL Dive due to facility requirements.  We are fortunate to have such a wonderful facility for dive and many great youth who are eager to participate in this beautiful sport.  

Jeanne O'Hara, Asst Rep,



About Jeanne:  Jeanne has been involved with our team for many years and is an excellent resource in all aspects of diving from how to encourage your diver to how to encourage yourself to help with a meet.  She will be coordinating our volunteers who will run the meets this year.  We have 3 home meets and we host divisionals for dive this year.  Contact Jeanne if you are interested in finding out about the training for working at a meet.




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In this newsletter is information about:


-Practice Times & Expectations,

-Links to dive videos,

-Terms for Observing Dives,

CLINICS:  Please consider attending a clinic for helping our team in the meets.  We need Judges, Table Workers (also called Officials).  The workshops are listed on the schedule sent earlier.  If you would like to practice these jobs please consider helping with the Dive Expo.  The Expo is two days before the first training class on the 12th of June. 

PRACTICE TIMES & EXPECTATIONS:  Please be on time for practice.  When divers arrive they should check in with the coach to be recorded as "present" and begin stretching while the other divers are arriving.  Stretching is very important to being able to do dives properly.  At all times the divers must behave in a safe manner and follow the direction of the coaches.  Divers who are not listening to the coach or are behaving in an unsafe manner will be asked to sit outside the fenceline along the dive area. 

DIVE VIDEO LINKS:  In the newsletters I like to send some videos of dives that the divers may be learning, tips & pointers in video from various coaches, and just fun diving stuff that appears out there.  Please share these as you feel necessary with your diver. 

Back 1 1/2 Tuck:  http://youtu.be/iO94iu_Sgdg

Various Dives:   http://youtu.be/s_PibEQfX6Y

Dive Team Practice & Meets:  http://youtu.be/jEVxUQIN4AE


Types of Dives

Of the five dive types in NVSL, the first four involve rotating in directions relative to the board and starting position. The fifth includes any dive with a twist.

Forward Group
The diver faces the front of the board and rotates toward the water. Dives in this group vary from the simple front dive to the difficult forward four and one half somersault.
Backward Group
All dives in the backward group begin with the diver on the end of the board with back to the water.
The direction of rotation is away from the board.
Reverse Group
Formerly called "gainers," these dives begin with the diver facing the front of the board and rotating toward the board.
Inward Group
Formerly called "cutaways." The diver stands on the end of the board with back to the water and rotates toward the board.

Twisting Group
Any dive that uses a twist (excluding armstands) is included in this group. There are four types: forward, backward, reverse and inward.

Divers use one or more of the four body positions during each dive:
The legs are straight with the body bent at the waist. Like the straight position, arm placement is dictated by the particular dive or by the choice of the diver.
No bend at the waist or knees. Depending on the dive, there may be an arch in the back. Arm placement is the diver's choice or is defined by the dive performed.
Body is bent at the waist and knees, with thighs drawn to the chest and heels kept close to the buttocks. Feet and knees should be kept together and toes should be pointed.
Indicates the diver's option to use any of the above three positions, or combinations thereof, when performing a twisting dive.

Although several divers may do the same dive, each performance never looks quite the same. This is because each individual has unique mannerisms, characteristics of movement, strengths and timing -- all adding up to an abstract but observable phenomenon called "style."

Style is difficult to assess by any standard, except whether or not you like it. This is why judging is difficult. Even though there are criteria of execution all divers must meet, evaluation remains a subjective process. No matter how well a dive is performed, artistic likes and dislikes of the judges play a large part in the outcome of any contest, and for this reason there are usually differences of opinion among coaches, competitors, judges and spectators about the accuracy of results.
A dive is scored between zero and 10 points (full or half point increments) by each judge. A table of the scores and how they should be awarded appears to the left. Note that the guidelines do not indicate an award of 10 as "perfect," but instead as "very good."

Categories of Judging
Certain parts of each dive must be analyzed and evaluated, and an overall award obtained. The parts of a dive are:
Three or more steps forward to the end of the board before the hurdle and takeoff. Form: Should be smooth but forceful, showing good form.
A diver's lift from the board prior to execution of the dive. Form: Must show control and balance, plus the proper angle of landing and leaving for the particular dive being attempted.
The amount of spring or lift a diver receives from the takeoff greatly affects the appearance of the dive. Form: Since more height means more time, a higher dive generally affords greater accuracy and smoothness of movement.
The dive itself. Form: A judge watches for proper mechanical performance, technique, form and grace.
The entry into the water is very significant because it is the last thing the judge sees and the part probably remembered best. Form: The two criteria to be evaluated are the angle of entry, which should be near vertical, and the amount of splash, which should be as little as possible.

NVSL has a five judge panel for regular meets.  Seven judges are used at divisional competition.  When the judges awards are given, the high and low scores will be eliminated and the remaining Three scores totaled. The number will be multiplied by the degree of difficulty rating assigned to the dive. The DD is predetermined with a table range from 1.2 to 3.7 in one-tenth increments