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.

2018 Divers
Mallory Albright
Chloe Pearson

Diving Practice Schedule

All times are when practice begins. During the school day, divers have 20 minutes from when their prior class ends to be on the diving board. This allows them plenty of time to check in with their PE teacher, come to the pool and get changed into their suit. Diving will be either 4th or 8th block plus Wednesday and Saturday. Schedulers are working on the whether it will be 4th/8th. If diving during PE does not work – a diver can still be on the team but will practice on Wednesdays/Saturdays only. Start times are based on the current school day. If DMPS passes the school day change, our times will adjust accordingly.

  • 4th Block Practices (excluding Wednesdays): 2:30-4:00PM
  • Wednesday Practices:
    • PE Day Practice – Practices are 1:15-4:00PM
      • Practice starts at 1:15 to allow for lunch on deck from 12:40-1:10PM.
    • Non-PE Day Practices – Practices are 2:15-4:00PM
      • School ends at 1:35PM. 35 minutes is set aside for lunch, getting to the pool and changing for practice.
  • 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.

Diving Verifier Form
Diving Form (PDF)

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