Check out one of Hunter's best dives from Western Conference 2019! He placed 5th in county finals with an 11-dive score of 231.4 points, which also won the event in Western Conference. He placed 5th in Districts with a score of 241.25, setting a new Alonso record!
In high school competitions, one meter springboard diving is treated as a single event instead of an autonomous sport. Therefore, the Alonso coaches encourage anyone interested in diving to compete swim races during meets as well! In a regular season meet, a diver will perform a 6-dive list, and at championship meets the list expands to 11 dives. There are 5 types of dives: forward, back, inward, reverse, and twisting. There are 4 types of body positions: tuck, pike, straight, and free (free would be used when a diver combines any of the others, often during twisters). Check out the "Resources" page for videos of dives.
Joining and Training
Alonso has no official tryouts, but anyone wishing to compete diving must declare so early in the season so that the Alonso coaches can properly observe or otherwise verify that an athlete can adequately and safely perform a dive list. No HCPS teams have official dive coaches, so divers must train independently through private clubs. The closest are the groups at the Greater Palm Harbor YMCA and WFLA Diving (at Berkeley Preparatory School, the Long Center in Clearwater, and the Southwest Pool in Largo).
Divers are highly encouraged to swim in Alonso races, which requires attending swim practices. Each individual diver should discuss with the Alonso coaches his/her practice schedule in order to fulfill sufficient training and be eligible to compete and letter.
The diving portion of a meet is traditionally held as Events 9 & 10, but it can be held at the same time as the swim races. The maximum number of divers allowed to compete for Alonso will be the same number of swimmers allowed from each team to compete each swim event (at a dual meet, this will be either 2, 3, or 4).
A diver and his/her coach create a dive list based on the 5 types of dives (forward, back, inward, reverse, twister) and the 4 body positions (tuck, pike, straight, and free). Each dive has a degree of difficulty (D.D.) based on its type, body position, and number of rotations. Judges score the dives on a scale between 0 and 10, and these scores are multiplied by the D.D. to determine the score for the dive, and then a diver's final score is the sum of the 6 or 11 dives' scores. Refer to the NFHS's 2015-2016 Diving Officials' Guideline Manual for concise descriptions of the various dives and rules during competitions.
For dual meets, the NFHS and the FHSAA determine which type of dive will be the "voluntary" dive (a misnomer as it is actually the required type of dive) for the week. In the Fall 2018 season, they were:
- Week 1 (Mon, Aug 27-Sat, Sep 1) = forward group
- Week 2 (Mon, Sep 3-Sat, Sep 8) = back group
- Week 3 (Mon, Sep 10-Sat, Sep 15) = inward group
- Week 4 (Mon, Sep 17-Sat, Sep 22) = twisting group
- Week 5 (Mon, Sep 24-Sat, Sep 29) = reverse group
- In the case of a regular season meet that is postponed and subsequently rescheduled, the voluntary dive group that is required for the calendar week that the meet is rescheduled will be used. If additional meets occur after Week 5, please revert back to Week 1.
A diver's remaining 5 "optional" dives must be from at least 4 of the 5 groups. Divers can choose any dives they wish, as long as dives are not repeated in a competition.
All diving activities during a meet are supervised by and are the responsibility of the Alonso head swim and dive coaches. During these activities, your accidental and health insurance policies are the primary coverage for any claims that may result because of injury. The countywide mandatory insurance ($30) is supplemental to your own policies.