How Often Do We Get A Chance To Be Part Of Something Historic? You Can Be If You Enter The Hobie Billingsly Invitational Dec 2-4 2011

The History Of Scoring Dives (Sort-of)


In The Beginning...

There Were Whole Point Scores

(Diving Was Invented)


Then Came A


1/2 Point Scores

( And Water Was Added )


Many Years Passed.

( The Diving Improved.. Scoring Capabilities? Not So Much)


Then An Idea! Quarter Point Scoring

It Did Not Happen!


One of the earliest proponents of advancing past 1/2 points scores is Hobie Billingsley. Hobie is considered one of the sports truly great diving coaches. Quarter point scoring would give the judges the ability to be more precise. Unfortunately the extra cards needed for Quarter Point scores made hand held flash cards bulky and very difficult to use. Also most older score boards are incapable of displaying the extra digit used in 1/4 point scores. The boards were designed to show (example) 8.0 or 8.5 not 8.25 .


Enter 10th Point Scoring

At The 2011 Hobie Billingsy Invitational

In 2004 DiveMeets included 10th point scoring in our original software, but it was too soon. 7 years have passed, the quality and difficulty of dives has increased so has the need for judging accuracy. Diving is a sport where a hundredth of a point sometimes separates divers, but the judges are still limited to only giving whole and 1/2 points. This year John Wingfield is hosting the 2011 Hobie Billingsley Invitational at the IUPUI in Indianapolis, IN. As a tribute to Hobie the meet will be run by DiveMeets using 10th point scoring. Daktronics is making the Omni Sport 10th Point compatible. Daktronics judge pads will be used.

Divers and Judges data will be permanently added to the DiveMeets master data. No matter what the future of 10th scoring you can prove you were part of meet. We invite you to Enter This Meet meet and have some fun at the world renown IUPUI.


10th Point Scoring Made Simple :

If a judge sees a dive as a 8.5 he or she should score an 8.5 . The two digits just below and just above a whole or a half point are available to address subtle differences in Presentation, Sharpness, Rhythm, Confidence, Grace. The same criteria applies to going down by .1 or .2 points. You are not attempting to break a dive into 10 pieces, you are only moving up or down .1 or .2 points from a whole or half point. .

Under the current 1/2 point scoring system two divers who perform dives of similar quality may get the same score, even if the judge did not feel the dives were really the same. 10th point scores free the judge to express a critical eye between similar dives.

Clearly 10th point scoring is a TOOL that has more value for experienced judges. Judges whom do not feel the need to use the tool can judge using only whole and 1/2 points in the same event with judges using 10th point scores without adversely affecting the outcome of the event.

For additional information contact contact: Philip (Kelly) Jackman :