Competition Team of Who’s who and What’s what. Making it all possible
Competition Team specialists are of the utmost importance. There wouldn’t be any diving history if it weren’t for the diving persons running and organising competitions. Judges give you something tangible to measure your progress! Apart from you and the most important person – your other half – your diving coach, who else is important in your diving adventure.
These are the vital members of the competition team. But without YOU their role will be redundant. However, without THEM you will have no measure of your progress. Judges go through exactly the same channels as you do . They progress through judging levels just as you as a diver. Judges come from regions of the country. When they make the grade at district regional level, it’s not long before they have the opportunity to take their study further. If so inclined can become a national judge. This means that these judges help find the champions of the country!
See “Scoring to Success ” chapter below. The judges award, and the things they look for, and how they could see your dive.
Through reputation and good decisions the national judge can go higher. This is by representing their country and becoming an International judge – like you as a diver! This position is of high accolade. They will be judging divers from all over the world in top diving contests. An example would be the Olympic Games and World Championships.
These judges would have started at club level. Then district, right up to national and international levels. They would have undertaken trial periods. Also placed on probation. During these times trainee judges would be assessed and take written exams.
Where do they come from?
Diving judges have most probably been divers themselves. They want to plough back some of their learning back into the sport. Aspiring diving officials might be diving coaches. Again because of the same reasons of “giving back to the sport”. They could be parents who followed the sport through with their child.
Anyone from a club who expresses a desire to take up diving officiating can become diving officials. It grows on you!
The referee “presides” over the competition. He or she is the director of the rest of the diving team for that day or competition, the figurehead. In major contests there is a chief referee. This official presides over all the diving events of the day. This is a very responsible job!
A referee is a judge appointed as the top judge of the competition. The referee has many observations and decisions to make. The referee is seen as blowing the whistle to alert the judges for the start of a divers performance. There are many underlying responsibilities that the spectators don’t see! Just a few of the responsibilities are named here…
The seating of the judges. A referee has the authority to reseat them during a competition. This may be because extraordinary circumstances. A referee signs and checks all dive sheets at the end of a competition. This declares the competition was conducted conforming to ASA law. The referee decides when a dive is failed. The referee advises judges on any penalisation which may occur. The referee settles any disputes during a competition. The referee decides when a diver is allowed a re-dive. The referee will also on occasions double his responsibility and act as a judge at the same time.
A referee has the authority to remove any judge during a competition. For example: A judge may become ill. A judge may miss dives because of fatigue. The referee can also spot bias. The referee has the power to halt a competition. There may be extraneous weather conditions.
Competitions taking place outside can be vulnerable to high winds. Inside pools system failure can occur. The referee ensures that all recordings of the competition until that point are securely filed. This is until such time the competition may resume. The referee can disqualify a diver due to bad behaviour during a competition. The referee calls the judges together to advise various conditions of the contest. A chief referee can appoint a “Jury of Appeal” to assess and settle disputes that occur either or after a competition has taken place.The examples above name just a few of the responsibilities that a referee has.
A referee has come from and worked their way through all the levels. If so inclined also towards the same accolades of top internationals. Just as the judge. A referee is selected on the basis of being a very experienced diving judge!
In the past the referee had the added responsibility of announcing each diver. and their dive. This would be one after the other throughout a competition. Once the diver alighted the board the Referee would announce their name and their dive. This was to alert the judges, and also inform the spectators what dive they expected to see. In some instances this may still occur, but nowadays Announcers are “employed” to fill this role. The Announcer sits with the recorders and keeps an eye on the timing. The announcer paces the competition accordingly. When there are queries or a dispute, then the Announcer calls over the Referee.
A Quirky Little Video!
The competition team cannot be without the all important recorders. They work out if you have won your diving competition! also having other responsibilities of organising the paperwork involved with competitions. The Recorders will be discussed in another chapter.
TO CHAPTER 18- ” Those important Dive Sheets for the Recorders”