Format and Scoring

Judges in Polignano a Mare

Competition format – Men

FACTS
10 permanent divers
Up to 4 wildcards per stop
7 competitions
1 champion

OVERVIEW
The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2018 follows the traditional high diving format and is a mix of the rules from the Red Bull Cliff Diving Sportive Committee, FINA and HDA. Divers hand in their four planned dives the day before the first day of competition. The competition shall consist of one required dive of a maximum degree of difficulty of 2.8, one intermediate dive with a maximum degree of difficulty of 3.6 and two optional dives assigned a degree of difficulty calculated from the new DD table - Degree of difficulty formula 2017 – and are scored by five high-diving judges.

The winner of each individual tour stop is the diver with the highest points total from all four competition dives and the ranked athletes from each tour stop will be awarded with points according to the table below. The winner of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2018 will be the athlete with the highest overall points after seven competitions.

10 permanent divers will participate in the 2018 World Series. Each tour stop in 2018 will feature up to four wildcards. Even though wildcard divers may only compete in one or two individual events, their results will count the same as for any of the permanent divers. A diver must perform at least one dive in competition to be included in the final result.

FORMAT
• Two days of competition; 4 rounds.
• Day 1
Round 1: 1 required dive (maximum DD 2.8) - 14 divers.
Round 2: 1 intermediate dive (maximum DD 3.6) – 14 divers.
• Day 2
Round 3: 1 optional dive - 14 divers. Divers will start in reverse order based on the previous round's cumulative score.
Final Round: 1 optional dive - 14 divers. Divers will start in reverse order based on the previous round's cumulative score.

Ahead of each competition a draw determines the diving order for the 1st Round.
The winner of any individual tour stop is the diver with the highest points total from all four competition dives.

Divers receive points that will be tallied to produce the World Series ranking. Per event the points awarded are as follows:

World Series Tour Stop Ranking

• Ranked 1st: 200 points
• Ranked 2nd: 160 points
• Ranked 3rd: 130 points
• Ranked 4th: 110 points
• Ranked 5th: 90 points
• Ranked 6th: 70 points
• Ranked 7th: 60 points
• Ranked 8th: 50 points
• Ranked 9th: 40 points
• Ranked 10th: 30 points
• Ranked 11th: 20 points
• Ranked 12th: 10 points
• Ranked 13th: 9 points
• Ranked 14th: 8 points

DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY FORMULA (DD)
The degree of difficulty of each dive – also known as DD – is the rating for all dives performed in competition and calculated by taking into account the difficulty of the execution of each manoeuvre and the junction of each element of the dive: take-off, number of somersaults, number of twists, position during the somersaults and entry into the water.

A new DD took effect from 2017 and is the product of a team of experts on cliff diving and high diving working both with Red Bull and FINA, including an independent programmer.

Required dives – the maximum DD for a required dive is 2.8; no matter which dive the athletes show – even if the calculated DD is higher than 2.8.
Intermediate dives – the maximum DD for an intermediate dive is 3.6; no matter which dive the athletes show – even if the calculated DD is higher than 3.6.
Optional dives – no maximum DD, all elements count.

SCORES
Calculation of total score of each competition:
• Five scores by five judges.
• Highest and lowest score are discarded.
• Remaining three scores are added together.
• This sum is multiplied by the degree of difficulty for each dive.
• Scores from all four rounds are cumulated for the final competition result.
• Points will be awarded from 1st to 14th place.

JURY
Five international jurors will judge each dive on the following criteria:
• Take off
• Position in the air
• Entry in the water
Scores from 0 to 10 in half point increments.

Competition format – Women

FACTS
6 permanent divers
Up to 4 wildcards per stop
5 competitions
1 champion

OVERVIEW
The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series follows the traditional high diving format and is a mix of the rules from the Red Bull Cliff Diving Sportive Committee, FINA and HDA. Divers hand in their four planned dives the day before the first day of competition. The competition shall consist of two required dives with a maximum degree of difficulty of 2.6 and two optional dives assigned a degree of difficulty calculated from the new DD table - Degree of difficulty formula 2017 - and are scored by five high-diving judges.

The winner of each individual tour stop is the diver with the highest points total from all four competition dives and the ranked athletes from each tour stop will be awarded with points. The winner of the Red Bull Cliff Diving Women's World Series 2018 will be the athlete with the highest overall points after five competitions.

Six permanent divers will participate in the 2018 World Series. Each tour stop in 2018 will feature up to four wildcards. Even though wildcard divers may only compete in one or two individual events, their results will count the same as for any of the permanent divers. A diver must perform at least one dive in competition to be included in the final result.

FORMAT
• Two days of competition; 4 rounds.
• Day 1
Round 1: 1 required dive (maximum DD 2.6) – 10 divers.
• Round 2: 1 optional dive - 10 divers.
• Day 2
Round 3: 1 required dive (maximum DD 2.6) – 10 divers.
Final Round: 1 optional dive – 10 divers.

Ahead of each competition a draw determines the diving order for the 1st Round. The winner of any individual tour stop is the diver with the highest points total from all four competition dives.

Divers will receive points that will be tallied to produce the overall World Series ranking. Per event, the points awarded are as follows:

World Series Tour Stop Ranking

• Ranked 1st: 200 points
• Ranked 2nd: 160 points
• Ranked 3rd: 130 points
• Ranked 4th: 110 points
• Ranked 5th: 90 points
• Ranked 6th: 70 points
• Ranked 7th: 60 points
• Ranked 8th: 50 points

DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY FORMULA (DD)
The degree of difficulty of each dive – also known as DD – is the rating for all dives performed in competition and calculated by taking into account the difficulty of the execution of each manoeuvre and the junction of each element of the dive: take-off, number of somersaults, number of twists, position during the somersaults and entry into the water.

A new DD took effect from 2017 and is the product of a team of experts on cliff diving and high diving working both with Red Bull and FINA, including an independent programmer.

Required dives – the maximum DD for a required dive is 2.6; no matter which dive the athletes show – even if the calculated DD is higher than 2.6.
Optional dives – no maximum DD, all elements count.

SCORES
Calculation of total score of each competition:
• Five scores by five judges.
• Highest and lowest score are discarded.
• Remaining three scores are added together.
• This sum is multiplied by the degree of difficulty for each dive.
• Scores from all three rounds are cumulated for the final competition result.
• Points will be awarded from 1st to 10th place.

JURY
Five international jurors will judge each dive on the following criteria:
• Take off
• Position in the air
• Entry in the water
Scores from 0 to 10 in half point increments.


Judges and Scoring

Overview

Five judges, out of a pool of 10, will be selected and confirmed for each competition.

Judges

Claudio de Miro (ITA) - Head judge, former Italian diving team member
Andrey Ignatenko (UKR) - Winner of first World Series competition in La Rochelle (FRA, 2009)
Anke Piper (GER) - Three-time European champion 10m, substitute head judge
Antonio Martinez (MEX) - FINA judge, former diver and high diver, substitute head judge
Dmitry Sautin (RUS) - Two-time Olympic Gold medallist, five-time World Champion, 12-time European Champion
Ildiko Kelemen (HUN)
Jeff Arbon (AUS) - Participant Olympic Games Seoul 1988
Julian Llinas (ESP) - FINA judge, judge at three Olympic Games
Marion Reiff (AUT) - Participant Olympic Games Athens 2004 and Sydney 2000
Steve Foley (AUS) - Triple Olympian (1976, 1980, 1984)

Scoring

  • Five judges will score each dive based on a scale of 0 to 10 in half-point increments.
  • Each judge will score the dives without assistance.
  • Judges will not display scores until directed to do so by the announcer.
  • Total points shall be tabulated at the scoring table according to the following. The highest and the lowest judges' scores will be discarded. The remaining three scores will be added and multiplied by the degree of difficulty for that dive. This will produce the total score for each dive. The total score of all dives performed will be added together to produce the overall total for the competition for each diver.
  • Balks will constitute a deduction from each judge's score as directed by the Head Judge. The dive will be scored as usual and the announcer will deduct two points from each judge's score.

2018 Rulebook

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