Have you ever wondered how diving is scored? When someone talks about their DD or mentions a rip entry?
Entry #5 The scoring-the chase for the elusive 10. We have all seen those scores flash up at the Olympics and wondered why what looks like a perfectly good dive only scores 4. Trust me the score baffles all of us but here’s how it basically works. Divers are awarded according to the complexity and accuracy of their skills and the judges give scores from 0 to 10 for each dive, the two highest and the two lowest scores are dismissed(when there are seven judges) and the remaining scores are added together and multiplied by a difficulty rating, which is assigned to the dive beforehand-the aforementioned DD(degree of difficulty). The judges scrutinize all five components of a diver’s performance: approach, take-off, elevation, execution, entry. Your whole career is spent upping your DD as the more “tricks” attempted in a dive, the greater the rating on the dive and therefore the greater the potential for scoring more points-that is if you don’t smack (see entry #2).
Entry # 6 The Rip entry. So have you ever wondered how divers launch themselves from towers or springboards and disappear beneath the water with almost no splash?
To rip an entry means to enter the water so swiftly and so vertically that there is virtually no splash. It is a major goal for a diver. It is like the barometer of how well the dive went and certainty leaves an impression on the judges. There are three basic ingredients that work together to pull off one of the most important parts of a dive: the flat hand, arm position, and body alignment…..it is actually quite technical and takes years of practice and fine tuning. But when you do align everything and hit that water creating a turbulence that somehow pulls air in with you, and sucks the splash underwater, leaving only bubbles on the surface it is an awesome feeling. The smaller the splash the bigger the score…well hopefully when you resurface that’s what you see.
Until next month,