Diving

Rails Diving is part of the High School Women’s team. In fact, many times Lincoln’s divers also swim events in meets. Divers have a practice schedule separate from swimmers to maximize pool time. Diving is just one event out of a high school swim meet, but it is a complex sport in its own right. More information on diving can be found below.

2022 Divers
Alexa Vandeboe

Diving Practice Schedule

All times are when practice begins.

  • Mondays: 4:00-5:00pm
  • Thursdays: 4:00-5:00pm
  • Saturday Mornings: 7:00-9:00am

Varsity divers are also expected to do dryland training with the swimmers Monday and Wednesday mornings 6:00-7:00AM, unless they are participating in strength and conditioning with another LHS fall sport (ex: volleyball, cheerleading, football).

Note: If a diver is also a swimmer, they need to be at practice for the start of swim practice, even if diving practice begins or ends at a different time.

Diving Terms
Diving is filled with vocabulary unique to the sport. View the Diving Glossary to learn more about “call-outs”, “take-offs” and “approaches”.

Diving Rules
Diving is filled with rules. While there are too many to list here, below are some basic rules.

  • If a diver fails two dives, they are disqualified from the event.
  • If a diver balks twice on one dive, the dive is deemed failed.
  • If a diver breaks position, then the maximum score awarded is 4.
  • If a diver hits the board, then a maximum score of 2 is awarded.
  • If a diver does not attempt to come out of the dive position (tuck or pike) and/or the twist, then a maximum score of 2 is award.

To learn more about diving rules, please visit the Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union online. There you can read the Swim & Dive Manual.

Judging Diving
Diving is a subjective sport. Judges follow guidelines when determining a score, but ultimately determine what elements of a dive they like or dislike. Many people think judging is all about the entry, but the approach, height, flight and execution of the dive are equally (if not more!) important. These elements will certainly factor into the judges scores.

If you’d like to learn more about judging, please visit the Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union online. There you can learn about the diving rules. You can also view diving judges tutorials, complete with quizzes:

*Note: These tutorials were created by Indiana’s High School Athletic Association. Thanks to the IHSAA and the IGHSAU for providing and sharing these resources.

Diving Scores:

  • 10: Excellent – No visible flaws – Approach, hurdle, height, distance, execution and entry are all exceptional.
  • 8½ – 9 ½: Very Good – Approach, hurdle, height and distance slightly affected. Execution well defined.
  • 7 – 8: Good – Approach and hurdle unaffected. Height and distance acceptable. Execution defined, entry controlled, but slightly affected.
  • 5 – 6½: Satisfactory – Approach and hurdle acceptable. Height and distance adequate. Execution complete and entry slightly over or under.
  • 2½ – 4½: Deficient – Approach and hurdle affected. Height and distance inadequate. Execution affected and entry over or under.
  • ½ – 2: Unsatisfactory – Approach and hurdle affected. Height and distance inadequate. Execution not complete or broken position. Entry significantly affected.
  • 0: Failed.

Frequently Asked Questions
With diving being a sport most athletes join in high school, parents often have a lot of questions. Hopefully – we’ve answered a few of them in our FAQs document.

Resources
Diving Verifier Form
Diving Form (PDF)

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