INDIANAPOLIS – With 12 USA Diving Region Championships just around the corner, USA Diving has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and other important information. The registration period for each of the 12 USA Diving Region Championships meets are open now. To register click here.
What are the prequalifications for junior divers for 2019?*
Junior-aged divers who are members of the 2019 High Performance Squad (any tier) will be prequalified to the semifinals at the 2019 Junior National Championships in 1-meter, 3-meter and platform. They will also be prequalified to the 2019 USA Diving National Championships provided they can meet the minimum DD requirements.
Which Region Championship meet do I go to?
Divers may participate in the Region Championship meet of their choice, regardless of where they live. Keep in mind that a diver can attend only one region meet. Divers who go on to compete at the Zone Championships must attend the meet that corresponds to the region meet the diver attended (for example, divers who compete in Region 1 or 2 would compete in Zone A). If a diver does not advance on a springboard event but is still planning to compete on platform at zones, the diver is still required to compete at the zone that corresponds to the region meet attended.
Check out the USA Diving Region and Zone maps for a breakdown of each region and its corresponding zone.
How do I advance to a Zone Championship?
The top 15 finishers (excluding prequalified divers) in a springboard event at a region meet who are U.S. citizens will be eligible to compete in that event at the Zone Championships. Additionally, a zone qualifying score will be calculated and divers may advance by achieving that score at their region meet. The scores of the 15th-place finisher (or last-place diver if fewer than 15 entries) in each event from each region will be averaged and that average will be considered a possible zone qualifying score. Any region score not within one standard deviation of the average will be deleted and the average will be recalculated.
When is the registration deadline for the Region Championships?
All registrations will be done on Divemeets.com.
Registration for Regions 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, and 9 closes at 5 p.m. ET on Monday, April 15. If you miss the deadline, late registrations will be accepted until 5 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 18 by paying a $100 late fee.
Registration for Regions 3, 5, 6, 10 11 and 12 closes at 5 p.m. ET on Monday, April 8. If you miss the deadline, late registrations will be accepted until 5 p.m. ET on Thursday April 11 by paying a $100 late fee.
On-deck registrations will be allowed with a $100 late fee plus a $60 fee per event.
When are the meets being held?
For complete dates, please see the USA Diving schedule. For specific information about a particular meet, including the competition schedule, please click on that meet within the schedule.
How do I upgrade my ‘Athlete’ membership so I can compete at a region meet?
Divers must have a current USA Diving ‘Competition Athlete’ membership to compete at a Region Championship meet. Divers who have a ‘Athlete’ membership may easily upgrade by logging into their USA Diving account. Once logged in and on the ‘Member Home’ page , select the ‘Upgrade Membership’ button under the ‘Quick Navigation’ guide and fill out your information.
I already have a ‘Competition Athlete’ membership, but I am unable to register. What could the problem be?
The name and birthdate listed in your USA Diving account MUST match the information in your Divemeets profile. If you are having trouble registering for a meet, please verify that the information in the two accounts matches.
How do I change my team affiliation?
A diver may change a club affiliation up to 30 days prior to the start of the Regional Championship meet. No club affiliations may be changed after that time until after the end of the USA Diving National Championships. A diver may, however, change to unattached at any time. To change a club affiliation, please contact USA Diving's Taylor Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are unable to select your club, your club may not be a current USA Diving club. Check with your coach to make sure your club’s membership is current. If your club is current and you are still unable to select your club, the information in your Divemeets profile may not match the information in your USA Diving account and will need to be changed. Please be sure your name and D.O.B. match in both your USA Diving membership and Divemeets profile.
To change your club affiliation within the allowed timeframe, please contact USA Diving’s Taylor Wilson at email@example.com.
What rules changes have been made for the 2019 season?
Three changes to the springboard competition requirements for junior divers took effect January 1, 2019. These rule changes are created to instill sound developmental practices for all divers within the organization in order to more effectively transition between each age group. Emphasis and focus is placed on proper skill acquisition and execution of each dive over the difficulty of the dives. The intent is that, in time, this will help create divers who have a sound foundation of skills that will enable them to execute the more difficult dives with greater ease and proficiency.
Group B (14-15) girls, who will now be required to perform four optional dives when competing in springboard events. The change was implemented to provide a more cohesive progression from Group C (three optionals) to Group B (four optionals) to Group A (five optionals).
Both boys and girls in Group C (12-13) will now be able to choose whether their back and reverse voluntaries are done in the tuck or pike position. Previously, divers were required to perform one in the tuck position and one in the pike position. It is more important that coaches have the freedom and flexibility to progress divers in a safe, fundamentally sound manner.
All voluntary dives performed by boys and girls in both 9 & under and 11 & under age groups will now have an assigned degree of difficulty of 1.8 on 1-meter and 1.9 on 3-meter. This change will reinforce the concept of quality over quantity by removing the incentive of choosing the highest DD dives for the ‘01 tucks and instead choose the highest quality dives possible.
*Additional FAQ added on 3/26/2019