NISCA E-Newsletter October 2023
Make a great All America Diving Video & Natl Dual Meet Entry
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Great Divers Deserve Great Videos
When the All America Judges sit down to judge the 500+ diving videos, they know they are going to be watching great divers. However, you can set your diver apart by making sure that the video is as good as the diver. Here are a few tips:
- Film as close to the judges viewpoint as possible. Your video should be shot from board level and from the side.
- What must be filmed: Starting position, approach, execution and entry. Make sure that your diver is in the frame the whole time, from start to finish. Don't cut off their head at the top of the dive. It is better to get the entire dive and be a little farther out than to zoom in and miss a critical component.
- Do not film the judges scores or the scores on the scoreboard as they are presented.
- Edit your film. Make sure that the diver is vertical in the final version of the film. This is especially important with videos that were shot on a phone. It is very hard to judge a diver when you are watching them sideways.
- Edit out any "dead air" time prior to the beginning of the approach or takeoff (in back and inward dives) and cut off once they have entered the water. A good video should not be much longer than 3.5 minutes.
- Review the video and the score sheet and MAKE SURE THEY MATCH. A frequent cause of disqualifications come from the dive on the screen not matching the dive on the list.
For more tips on creating your diving video, check out our website: https://www.niscaonline.org/images/Documents/AllAmerica/Diving/AA_Diving_Video_Article.pdf
You can start submitting AA Diving applications to our on-line application portal beginning on November 1st. Start recording those 11 dives meets now! Remember, if you don't submit an application, you can't be on the All America list.
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As the end of your fall season draws near, think about creating a Power Point entry for the National Dual Meet program. If you are using IST's MEETWARE, it is as simple as a few clicks to create and edit your lineup and then print and mail the entry.
On the NISCA website, you can use a simple Excel spreadsheet to create your lineup. The Power Points are automatically calculated for you. Once you are happy with the results, save the form and e-mail it to the Power Points director to enter. Schools are categorized by size and type in 9 divisions and the top 25 schools in each division are published in the fall NISCA journal.
See how your team stacks up! To find out more about the National Dual Meet program and how to create an entry go to : https://www.niscaonline.org/index.php/award-programs/national-dual-meet
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Looking for a community of High School coaches who are willing to share knowledge and trade ideas? Look no further than the NISCA High School Swim Coaches Exchange Group on Facebook. This is a closed group that is for high school swimming, diving and water polo coaches to talk to each other. Join us today! You don't have to be a NISCA member to join the Facebook group, just let us know which high school you coach at when you request to join.