XeroxCompetition structure generally has two sets of dives. The ultimate diving competition, the highest age group, or national or international level are required to perform ten dives for females, and 11 dives for males.
The first set from ALL the turning directions not exceeding a dive value (degree of difficulty) total when added together.
The second set from ALL the turning directions with the sky’s the limit as far as dive value ( degree of difficulty) is concerned. If you are good enough at ANY age then you have to conform to these requirements. Reminders below.
The idea behind restriction of the total dive value in the first set, is that the competitors are starting from an equal baseline. They are usually the easier dives with less dive value but show good basics, technique and control.
In general as you are learning, the competition requirements are devised according to your age group. You could be performing anything between 2 to 5 dives in the first section, not exceeding a certain dive value total (degree of difficulty)
For the second section of the contest anything between 2 to 5 dives with degree of difficulty as high as you like. Also they must be performed from some or all of the turning directions (diving groups). Depending upon your age group it could be – a four dive competition or a 10 dive competition as mentioned above, or anything in between!
During your diving progress, you’ll be diving through the age groups, from club level up to county or regional level and then hurdling right up to national level! You’ll be diving against divers within your own age group.
Here is a recap of the official age group split for competition.
8-10 years; 11 – 13 years; 14 – 15 years; 16 -17 years; and seniors.
Competition structure is thus a good measure of your progress comparing your results with others. In some instances there are Junior and Senior Championships at these levels. At one time it used to be only this way – there weren’t age groups in past days.
Your coach may feel you are good enough to enter these. If you are a Junior (17 and under during the year of competition) then you may enter both Junior or Senior Championships! Obviously if you are over this age then it is just Senior Championships for you!
The championships may be run combined and the Junior winner extracted from the rest of the contenders. Sometimes it turns out the Junior comes away with both trophies!
Hurdling away to becoming good enough to compete at regional or national level, then you really are indeed becoming an excellent diver. Your hard work is paying off. They’re keeping an eye on you! The competition structure is such that it progresses your ability steadily and whilst you are training for one competition in all probability it will cover the requirements for another!
There are special talent scouts that look for potential champion material like you. You won’t see them or know of them, but they will have their eye on you. From what they see you could be invited to train in special squads – still with your own coach.
There are special training development schemes for day and weekend programmes, purely for planned training. You’ll be in the dry gym and the diving pool.
Standards have to be met regarding your stamina, fitness and strength, and all of these are assessed as you go along. These programmes can only benefit you, and one day – hurdling on to hold a few national titles you may be invited to represent your country in European Juniors, going up and up to the world championships and the ultimate goal….the Olympic Games! The sky’s the limit. They will be looking out for divers like you!
As part of your progression watch others’ diving in the World Championships or similar. Be awe-inspired during a day visit to competitions at these levels. You soon learn the excitement of which divers are tackling which dives. You’ll recognise who’s going to have a tough competition against who. Go along to national competitions in your early days followed by some international “meets”.
Sit back and enjoy the spectacle of the “elite” divers from the various countries competing against each other. You’ll soon catch “the hurdling towards new heights” bug!
TO CHAPTER 20 – ” Diving as one with your diving mate!”