Tips to Help Generate that Extra 1/2 Point from the Judges
- Always Grab a Flathand – It will help you rip … enough said.
- Always Use a Somersault Save or a Knee Save – The quicker you can get under the water the less splash you will have, and the less time the judges will have to look for flaws.
- Stretch Your Toes Every Day – It is amazing how your score can change when you have a good toe point.
Squeeze Your Pike – Sloppy diving usually gets sloppy scores. By having a nice tight pike, you should be able to pick up an extra ½ point.
- Keep Your Hands Flat and Your Elbows Straight – During the hurdle, don't let your hands and arms flop around like an albatross. Show good form by keeping the elbows straight during the armswing, and the hands and fingers together in a relaxed manner.
- Use Good Posture – I'm not really speaking about specific diving posture – such as a hollow body position, but more about everyday good posture. Holding your chin up, the head erect and shoulders back does a lot to help you exude confidence. It will get you extra points!
- Be Prepared to Dive – Be ready to go when the announcer calls your name. Don’t give the judges any reasons to not like you, like lolly gagging to the board, and taking your time moving the fulcrum. Judges hate anything that slows down a meet!!!
- When On the Board … DIVE! – Again, nothing is more irritating to a judge than a slow moving diving meet. Don’t rock the diving board 50 times, or stand like a deer in headlights before a hard dive. Mentally prepare before the dive, and once on the board, go!
- Don’t EVER Break Form – Just don’t do it. If you break form because you are not going to complete a dive (i.e. bending you knees during an inward 1 ½ in pike position) you are going to get a bad score. So you might as well do a bad dive with good form rather than a bad dive with bad form (the only exception to this rule is if you need to break form in order to avoid a fail dive).
- Act Professional – During a contest, keep the same demeanor after every dive, regardless of the outcome. This will do two things; keep you under the judges radar, and help you stay focused and avoid emotional swings that can affect your diving.