Our goal is to put up the most points possible and to have fun!
Balance between High DD and pretty dives is key.
This is an idea of what a general list progression should look like for a diver throughout a career.
In general our goal is to go in the water hands first for better entries much easier to control splash with our hands.
-voluntary list - voluntaries are a group of 5 dives that are 9.0 dd or less when added up.Technically a full voluntary list is learning one dive from every category (front, back, reverse, inward, twister). Maxing out voluntary DD is an easy way to gain some extra points - A lot of more experienced divers make a the mistake of not maxing out the voluntary DD to eek out a few more easy points.
-Optional list - Other dives that do not have a DD cap
-1.5 tuck list
-1.5 pike list
-2.5 tuck list
-2.5 pike list
Fronts are generally ahead of the curve, for example since fronts generally come more naturally to people. If you have a 1.5 list you will probably be doing 104b or 105c to accompany the rest of your list.
These are general rules of thumb that are well known in the diving world. They are not the only way to do it but a general idea of progressions and how to score the highest. For example if you are not very flexible you may skip right to the 2.5 lists, or if you are having trouble with outs you may do 104 instead of 105 or 204 instead of 203
It is important to take into account what the team needs when you are putting your list together in order to give your team the best shot at winning. Ideally it is good for you to get practice doing your optionals in a meet. However, if the diver on the other team has a season best score of 250 and your best is 260, it’s probably not a good time to be testing out new dives. The likelihood of you doing very poorly or failing a dive is probably pretty high. A lot of athletics is mitigating risk and learning to take high percentage shots.
Researching the competition is almost always a good idea, unless you know you are a really anxious person, in which case your coach or another teammate/parent should help you. There are mental aspects to diving, and if you are dealing with anxiety some mental training can help you.
Also going into every single meet you should have an idea of something that you're trying to accomplish. Maybe it's beat your personal best or maybe it's have consistent hurdles and take offs. But try to have something that you're working towards besides just winning. Generally it should be something that you and your coach have been working on during the previous week at practice or something you're trying to improve upon from the last meet.
6 Dive lists (High School Varsity NY)
Every week is a new category
1st dive must be under 1.8 DD (vol)
Dive DD can exceed 1.8 but it will be capped at 1.8
ex 104c is 2.2 if done as first dive it would be 1.8 DD
The final 5 dives must cover 4 of the 5 dive categories and there is no limit to DD
The first dive does not count toward one of the categories
For divers that have full 11 dive lists, I recommend competing your optionals as much as possible! Your first dive should be your vol and all of your other 5 should be optionals. The more you compete them, the more likely you will do them well under pressure when it really matters at the end of the season.
If you do have a full optional list, this makes your life easier during the season as well because your list pretty much stays the same theoretically, and the only dive that should be changing is the first one. If you don’t have a full optional list you should be competing the voluntary or the optional prep for the category.
You should always have the end and the end goal in mind which is to go as far into the postseason as possible. Sectionals -> States -> and then placing in the top 16, top 8 etc. By using the dual meets earlier in the season you will set yourself up in the best position physically and mentally to do this.
11 Dive Lists (High School Varsity NY)
These lists in high school are really complicated but here is the low down.
First off depending on the size of the meet and how good you are compared to your competitors (again research is key) you may need to be worried about cuts. I know that generally at sectionals after the first 5 dives they cut to 24 and then to 16 after 8 dives. This means that if you think you will be anywhere near the cusp you should be front loading your list with your best dives. I think that this is always a good thing to do personally but some divers prefer to end on their favorite dive. That’s fine as long as you make the final round!
The list must contain 5 voluntary dives that must total a DD of no more than 9.0 (9.0/5 = 1.8; which is why the 6 dive meets start with a vol under 1.8). There must be one dive from each category.
Just a quick reminder that any dive can be a vol as long as the cumulative total is no more than 9.0
The last 6 dives have no DD limit but again there must be one dive from each category and since there are 6 remaining dives you must choose to double up on one category.
For 6 dive meets there are no breaks but for 11 dive meets generally the meets are split up into 3 rounds. The order of the dives DOES matter. And if you don’t have that figured out beforehand the judges will reject your sheet.
Round one is 5 dives and must contain 2 voluntary dives
Round 2 is 3 dives and must also contain 2 vols. Further, in the first 8 dives you must have done at least 1 of the every category, for instance you cannot save all of your reverses for the last round.
Round 3 is 3 dives and must contain 1 vol and the remainder of your ops.
Below is a sample list that I wrote up for a diver of mine last year. (Voluntary dives are denoted with the v)
General Strategy: 6 Dive Meets
I always like warm ups to be quick and painless, just feeling the boards and getting in the groove. This is not a practice! I recommend some bouncing to get the feel and the timing then 2-3 hurdles and maybe 1-2 back presses tops then one of each of your dives that you will be competing then get out and dry off. Hopefully you don’t need any preps for the dives you are competing. If you do then you should only be doing one. You should be pretty comfortable with the dives you are competing. If any of your warm up dives are totally failed or if you really need another one to feel confident, then do it, but usually warming up too much in my opinion can be bad because divers tend to get in their heads about things.
For 6 dive meets, aka dual meets, the atmosphere is generally pretty light and low pressure. Usually you have your whole team there supporting you which is awesome!
(Tell your team and any spectators to cheer for you - it helps your scores!)
Make sure you are ready to go and don’t get caught by surprise as that will cause unnecessary stress. I would recommend at least 2 races before the diving event begins you should be down at the diving end of the p