Adopted 2008

Revised 7/2009

Revised 3/2010


The South Seattle Summer Dive League is a novice league designed to introduce young people to and encourage their enjoyment of diving in a safe and positive environment.  Year- round club divers are welcome and will be provided for in this league.


  1. Safety awareness is critical to the success of the SSSDL Dive program. 
  2. Safety Awareness is an attitude or condition that promotes reasonable and prudent actions and behaviors relative to safety measures in diving.

COACHES:The coaches’ primary responsibilities are 1. EDUCATION 2. SAFETY. Coaching objectives of safety conscious coaches put the Athletes first and winning second.

  • Coaches must instruct divers in techniques of appropriate take-off mechanics, skill progressions, body awareness, and performer readiness to minimize the risk of injury.
  • A primary safety objective in diving is safe board clearance on every dive.
  • Coaches enforce safety rules


  • Divers must know understand the risks involved in the sport.
  • Divers are expected to follow the team rules for safety.
  • Divers are expected to attend practice to assure proper training.


It is the meet officials’ responsibility to provide a safe environment. The authority carries responsibility.

  • If an official has any reason to believe that a diver is facing unreasonable risk due to skill deficiency, fatigue, trauma or other reason he/she should notify the diver’s coach and/ or the referee.
  • The meet director or referee has the authority to eliminate any dive if in his opinion circumstances exist which might place the diver in danger. It is recommended that those making the decision take time to consult with the diver and coach.
  • The meet referee has the ability to change the dive to another position (making the dive easier) for safety reasons.


If concerns arise regarding the diver’s emotional state, fatigue, illness, injury, the use of certain facilities, or if they identify any other factors that risk the child’s well being it is the diver’s parents/guardian responsibility to notify the coach and to remove their diver from the situation.


Divers and coaches who are diving at any new pool facility MUST BE WARNED about pool limitations. All divers and coaches must familiarize themselves with the dimensions of the new pool.  Divers should be instructed to enter the deep-water diving area feet-first in an unfamiliar diving facility.


1.         All meets will be conducted in accordance to current SSSDL regulations.

2.         Lifeguards musts be scheduled at each pool for any diving activity.  This includes both practice and meets.  Each pool hosting a meet shall be required to have a certified life guard on duty for the duration of the meet.  This shall not be the coach. The pool shall be closed during the competition portion of the meet.  If swimmers are in the water during the competition portion of the meet, the referee will stop the meet until they exit the pool. 

3.         Standard SSSDL dive list forms are recommended for all meets.  Position abbreviations shall be as follows for ease of announcing: S=Straight, T=Tuck, P=Pike and F=Free.  The dive lists need not be signed by anyone. The forms to be used can be found at the end of this operational plan and on

4.         The age of each diver is set at the age of that diver on June 15 of the year in which he/she competes. Divers will be allowed to dive as scoring members in their respective age group ONLY. Explanation:   Any diver 8 years old or younger must dive 8 and under,  Anyone 9 or 10 must compete as a 10 and Under,  11 and 12 year old divers must dive 12 and Under.  13 and 14 year old divers must dive 14 and Under and any diver 15, 16, 17, or 18 years old will dive   18and Under.  No diver will be allowed to dive outside of their respective age group except as an exhibition diver and not score for their team.  

7.         Divers may compete in one event per meet as regulated by their age on June 15thof the year they compete.

8.         The home team dive representative will report the results of meets via e-mail to each participating clubs dive coordinator following the meet.

9.         The home team coach and dive coordinator will coordinate any meet schedule changes needed

10.       Each club will be encouraged to have as many parents, as possible, attend the judging clinic held prior to the season.  At least two parents from each club must attend.  These parents will be considered certified judges and may act as referee.  Attending the clinic once will qualify judges for lifetime.

  1. Each club should appoint a Dive Team Club Representative who is not the coach.  The Dive Team Club Rep will promote and advertise diving at their pool, assist the pool in hiring a dive coach, work with the pool manager to have dive team sign-ups, coordinate and host home meets: secure and set up supplies for home meets, procure table workers to help with meets and champs, procure judges for home and away meets, attend league meetings as required, and most importantly assist the coach with administrative duties. The Dive Team Club rep is not responsible for coaching the divers.

Coaches must have dive entry sheets completed upon arriving with their team at the pool for competition.  All dive sheet entry forms must be turned in to the scorer’s table at the time warm-ups begin.  In the interest of safety, it is expected that during warm-ups our Coaches will be available to coach and assist their diver’s, giving them 100% of their attention.  Failure to complete paperwork prior to warm-ups delays the starting time of the meet.

  • Divers may change their dive sheets up to 1 hour before their event. 
  • Divers may change the position of their dive before the dive is executed.  The DD will decrease if it is changed to a lower DD position and will not change if it is changed to a higher DD position.

The coach and the Dive Team Parent Representativeare both required to attend the mandatory league meeting.  The meeting is held prior to the start of the season, usually in March.


1.         Set the schedule for all meets.  This will be done with as much input as possible from the participating clubs and no later than the SSSDL meeting in March.

2.         Attend the mandatory league meeting before the season begins.

3.         Provide a roster of all coaches and club dive reps at the meeting

4.         Assist in arranging for a judging clinic before the first meet.

5.         Report meet results to local media if desired

Championship Meet Director- Usually the dive team club rep from the host pool.

1.         Secure location of meet.

2.         Set and report warm-up schedule at least one week prior to Champs.

3.         Secure awards for:        a.         Ribbons 4th– 12th, Medals 1st- 3rdPlaces

                                                            b.         1st PlaceTeam  Award (usually a trophy)                                         

4.         Confirm dive lists are correct for DD and order.

             *(All dive sheets are due before warm-up prior to the Championship meet)

5.         Assign referee, officials, and table workers for each event

6.         Oversee presentation of awards

7.         Mail or E-mail full meet results to participating coaches and/or dive team reps with in the week    

            after the meet if they are unavailable at the end of the meet.

8.        Coordinate Championship clothing if desired.

9.        Coordinate concessions for full day meet.  


1.         Meets will be held during the season per the arranged competition calendar, with competition beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Host clubs will provide a 30-minute warm-up for the visiting team prior to the first event (beginning at 5:00)

2.         All dive sheet entry forms must be completed and turned into the officials’ table prior to the warm-up for the first event.

            *Degree of difficulty shall be according to High School Diving tables.  Diving order shall be drawn randomly.

3.         Judges will be provided by both teams.  Five judges per event are required, three from the HOST team and two from the visiting team.  If this quota cannot be filled, three judges may be used.  The meet referee should be flexible to allow for a full judging panel.  Judges seating is at the discretion of the meet referee.  Judges will be impartial.

4.         Host coach will appoint a certified referee for each meet.  This person must have attended a SSSDL Judging Clinic.

5.         The referee shall be announced at the beginning of the meet.  Duties of the referee are outlined on page 11 of this Operating Plan.

6.         Dual and Championship meet guidelines are shown below with the following applications and restrictions:

            a)  a front, back or twist jump may be used for all age groups in the dual meet season and will   have a DD of 1.0.  Only 10 & under can do jumps in any meet.

       b)  a front or back line-up may be used in all age groups


        8 & under:    For dual meets: 3 dives; For championship meet: 3 dives

        9 & 10:         For dual meets: 3 dives, For championship meets: 4 dives

        11 & 12:       For dual meets: 4 dives, For championship meets: 5 dives

        13 & 14:        For dual meets: 5 dives, For championship meets: 6 dives

        15 – 18:        For dual meets: 6 dives,  For championship meets: 7 dives


               Judging of diving shall be in accordance with SSSDL rules.  All judges should have attended the SSSDL judging clinic or be instructed in the basics of judging by the referee prior to the competition. 

                 1.     Lineups may used as a dive with adjusted DD of 1.1 for front and 1.3 for back.

                 2.    Divers physically helped by a coach will receive a deduction of two (2)
          points from each judge to be taken off by the announcer and scorer’s table.

                 3.    Any diver 9 & over entering the water with hands above the shoulders on a feet first entry or hands below the shoulders on a head first entry will get a maximum score of 4 from each judge. This does not apply to 8 & Unders.

                 4.     Any dive called “incorrect” by the referee will receive no score except in the 10 & unders who can have one “do-over”.  Referees will be cautioned to give the benefit of the doubt to the diver.  The second dive will be scored a balk.

                 5.     Each diver 10 & under is only allowed one “do-over” per meet.

                 6.     All jumps will have a maximum degree of difficulty of 1.0 no matter
where they are used in the list.   The body line should be straight during flight and no movement should occur.  Jumps should be judged accordingly.  A jump with a twist will be considered in the twisting group.

                 7.     A balk occurs after the time that a diver assumes a stationary, stable, and balanced position on the diving board.  A dive shall be considered set at this point.  Movement after the set point that does not initiate the dive will be considered a balk.  This is a judgment call that will be made by the meet referee.  Leniency should be used before calling a balk.  Remembering the importance of the diver’s safety, it may be crucial for the diver to regain their balance.  If a diver ascends the board and dismounts that shall not be called a balk.  A balk will result in 2 points being taken off each judges score by the announcer and scoring table.

                 8.      Coaches may change the individual dive position on the board, however, the DD        will not go up if the new dive has a greater degree of difficulty.  The DD will go down if the new dive has a lesser DD

                 9.       No balks will be called for all 8 & Under.

  • No incorrect dives will be called for any 8 & Under. After one do-over the dive will be scored with no greater than 2’s.
  • Any dive done without an attempt to come out will score no greater that 3’s.
  • Judges will score the dive as seen at their discretion.
  • If  a dive is done in a position other than was announced it will receive no greater than 4’s


            Individual point scoring for dual meets will be as follows:

            ALL places must be awarded in each age group, at each meet- provided there are an adequate number of divers. ALL points must be awarded for each event provided there are an adequate number of participants      

                        1st Place                      8 points

                        2nd Place                     6 points

                        3rd Place                      4 points

                        4th Place                      3 points

                        5thPlace                      2 points

                        6thPlace                       1 point

In the event of a tie, the points for the places involved will be totaled, divided by the numbers of divers involved, and the results awarded to each diver.  Each event shall total no more than 16 points. 


Dual meet rules apply with the following exceptions:

Warm-up for visiting teams will begin at 5:00 PMand competition will begin at 5:30 PM, with a closed warm-up for 8 & Under competition or time may be adjusted to an earlier start to accommodate the number of divers


Coaches and Club Dive Reps from each participating club are expected to attend the mandatory coaches meeting prior to the Championship events.  This meeting will be before the start of the SSSDL Championship meet.

1.         Awards will be given to the top twelve divers in an event and to the top team for the meet.

2.         Individual points will be awarded as follows:

            1st Place             14 points                                    7th Place     6 points

            2nd Place            12 points                                    8th Place     5 points

            3rd Place             10 points                                    9th Place     4 points

            4th Place              9 points                                    10thPlace    3 points

            5th Place              8 points                                    11thPlace    2 points

            6th Place              7 points                                    12thPlace     1 point

  • Each team may enter all their divers who have participated in at least one dual meet in their respective age groups only.  Each club must submit a list of all divers to be entered in the championship meets, by age group.  This list must be received by the host clubs Diving Rep ONE WEEK prior to the Championships.  All Dive sheets are due the day of the meet before the first warm-up.
  • Each club participating in the Championship meet must provide a minimum of 2 experienced adults to work the scorer's table.  The names and phone numbers of parent volunteers should be turned in to the Diving Rep 1 week ahead of the meet if possible
  • The Dive numbers and positions (S=Straight, T= Tuck, P= Pike, and F=Free) will be listed on the dive sheet entry form and will take precedence in the case of any conflict over the description and degree of difficulty.  It is the coach's responsibility to insure that the dive sheets are correct.  The intent of this rule is to provide for a fair resolution of any dive list problem at the Championship meet.  To avoid last minute surprises, coaches are encouraged to instruct divers and parents about dive numbers before the Championship meet.
  • All divers must have competed in at least one regular SSSDL dive meet in order to enter the Championship.  Any tri-meet counts as only 1 meet.  Exception may be granted upon written appeal to the Diving Reps no later than one week before the Championship meet.
  • The SSSDL Dive Championships will be held following the completion of the regular season.  It will run age groups 7&8 through 15 - 18.  Division of ages will be determined by the number of registered divers.  In the case of too few divers, in any one age group, the meet may be structured  combining more than one age group   i.e. 12 and Under  and 14 and Under may compete at the same time with clear distinction and instruction to the judging panel that a new age group is now on the board.
  • Warm-up shall be at the convenience of the host club, preferably the morning of the Championship.  All coaches will invite their clubs to participate in the warm-up and attend with their clubs or provide an alternate safety certified coach to accompany the team.
  • Any extremely unusual problem will be resolved by the Clubs Diving Representatives, the referee and the coaches of the participating teams.  If necessary, the decision will be made by majority vote.


All meets should have the following officials:

            5 judges per event

            1 certified referee (this person may be one of the judges, but preferably not a coach)

            3 scoring table officials (announcer, recorded, calculator)

            1 score table math verification official (Required for all meets to check math: high & low, across, multiplier, and addition)

            1 awards person

The duties of the meet personnel are as follows:

Meet Referee
              1.    Shall be a certified judge, can be from any team.

              2.    Will try not to use a coach of one of the participating teams so they are available to coach their team.  Can be shared between coaches if needed.

              3.   Will take responsibility that all SSSDL Diving Plan procedures are

              4.    Will call the meet off in accordance with the weather on the advice of
                    the certified lifeguard on duty.

              5.    Will monitor the quality of the judging and may pull a judge who is
       blatantly biased toward one team or other.

              6.    Will monitor diver etiquette, in particular that there be no one present
                     behind or to the sides of the diving board while a diver is on the

             7.      Will stop the meet if there are swimmers in the pool during
                     competition portion of the meet.  The referee will not allow the
                     meet to continue until all swimmers exit the pool

               8.     The choice to have a water line will be decided by the host pool.  Any team member may be pulled from the line for not following the rules.

               9.      The referee will call all balks, incorrect dives, incorrect positions and remind judges of the rules such as “hands up entries no greater than a 4”


 Awards scores for each dive during an entire event as instructed at the judging clinic or by the meet referee.  (Parents should try to not judge an event in which his/her child is entered if possible.)


 Reads the order in which the divers are diving; reads the name, club affiliation,  the dive,  position and degree of difficulty for all first dives, thereafter omitting the affiliation; calls for the judges’ awards and reads the scores, always in the same order. The announcer is responsible for keeping the pace of the meet moving and must remain impartial to all teams remembering that they are the host of the meet and a representative of SSSDL.


 Records the judges’ scores on the dive sheet entry form; cancels the highest and lowest score if there are five judges; and adds to total the scores.


 Multiplies the recorder’s total scores to the Degree of Difficulty of the dive.  This can preferably be done using a diving slide rule or an electronic calculator when available.  The calculator adds the result to the running subtotal. 

Math Verification Official:

Checks the score sheet, verifying the scores and the calculations for accuracy; passes the sheets back to the Announcer in correct order.


Separates the score sheets by event in the case that events were combined, ranks the score sheets by event and notes the rank on the sheet; fills out any ribbons or medals.


Table and chairs for all scoring personnel; chairs and scoring flash cards for all judges; pencils, pens, calculator, diving slide rule, awards for divers, public address system,  and current SSSDL Dive League Operating Plan.  Also covers for judges and scorers table if needed.