In diving, unlike swimming, there are only 2 age groups – 12 and under, and 13 and over (during the winter season, there are 3 age groups). Each age group is also divided into girls and boys, so there are 4 groups total. During a meet, each team is allowed to have 3 official divers in each of the 4 groups, and one exhibition diver for each group. Divers in the 12 and under age group each do 3 dives each. Divers in the 13 and over age group each do 4 dives. Diving meets generally run about an hour.
There are two main volunteer jobs
- Scoring table.
Judges do exactly what the name states, they judge each dive. Dives are scored on a scale of 0-10. There are 5 judges for each meet. The highest and lowest scores for each dive are discarded, and the other 3 are used for the diver’s score.
At the scoring table, there are usually 4 volunteers. Volunteers at the scoring table write down the judges scores for each dive, and calculate the final score for each dive, and the final meet score for each diver.