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A Message From NVSL Dive's Chief Official
Honoring NVSL Senior Divers
Thu, Jul 19, 2012 6:45 am | Updated Wed, Jun 5, 2013 9:38 am
By Kate Walter
To All NVSL Dive Team Reps, Coaches, and Officials (Referees and Judges):
As we enter the final week of dual meets in NVSL Dive, I would encourage you to recognize your graduating seniors as they complete their NVSL eligibility.  Give them special recognition for their contributions to your team and the NVSL Diving program in general – recognize their accomplishments as role models for your younger divers and emphasize the positive qualities of sportsmanship and teamwork, implicit in the NVSL values.  Look for creative ways to do just that.
However, as the Chief NVSL Dive Official, I do need to remind you that any judge, who chooses to award a “Ceremonial 10” on the final dive of a graduating senior, compromises the judging panel and his/her action is absolutely inappropriate.  Referees should remove the judge from the judging panel immediately.  There are other (more appropriate) ways to show recognition for graduating divers: have your other divers in the audience hold “10” signs (not the judges); have the seniors perform a “final dive” after the meet is completed as a tribute; etc.  I am confident that you all (as innovative and creative Team Reps and Coaches) can come up with appropriate, meaningful measures that show your senior divers that they were appreciated.  Use your imagination – there is certainly no lack of that in this area!
For those of you who attended the referees’ and judges’ clinic, I think you may remember my remarks on the integrity of the judging panel.  A judge who awards a “Ceremonial 10” compromises his/her judging integrity and that of the entire judging panel.  This is not judging; it’s cheerleading.  NVSL Dive is well respected in the dive community for its volunteerism, but more for its integrity.  That’s a core value that we need to preserve and not compromise.  I would remind all of our referees and judges to review the NVSL Code of Conduct and the NVSL Oath for Officials as stated below – that’s what we expect from every referee and judge, in the true spirit of sportsmanship.  All of our NVSL divers deserve no less.
NVSL Oath for Officials
"As a representative of all judges and officials, I promise that we will officiate in this NVSL competition with complete impartiality, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern it, in the true spirit of sportsmanship."
Jim Sweeder
NVSL Dive, Chief Official