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Dear Tom, My son dives with Stanford Diving Club and goes to school at Lowell High School n San Francisco.  I have heard it is possible to enter the high school diving CCS Section championships even if your school doesn't have a diving team, and I am wondering how to find out how to do that.



Josie -

I'll give you some background information on high school swimming and diving and then suggest a way to get your son in the C.C.S. meet in May.

The C.I.F. (CA Interscholastic Federation) divides the state into sections. Lowell H.S. is in the San Francisco section. This section has a boys swim league but chooses not to have diving as one of the events because there are so few diving boards in your city. I know of only two pools with boards, one at St. Ignatius H.S. and the other at USF.

South of San Francisco is the Central Coast Section. Some leagues in C.C.S. also have no diving teams due to lack of boards. An example are kids who go to school north of Palo Alto and south of S.F. have no diving in their league. High school age divers who go these schools petition the closest league with diving and try to dive in that league championship as a way of qualifying for C.C.S.

The best way for you to find out how to go about getting him in high school meets is to contact the C.C.S. offices directly and ask to speak with an assistant commissioner that oversees swimming and diving.Their website is Click on 'Homepage' and then CCS Sports, CCS Sports again and then Swim & Dive. Navigate your way to finding out who the right person is to make your request.You might also ask the Lowell H.S. Athletic Director for some help. This person may have to be the one that petitions another league or the C.C.S. offices.

Good luck. I hope he is allowed to compete.  

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I can answer any questions pertaining to all levels of springboard and platform diving including : beginner lessons, intermediate, advanced, high school, Junior Olympic, AAU, Masters (Adult), Collegiate and Senior diving. Questions about training, technique, competitions, dryland training including trampoline and dry board.I can answer questions about how to judge/referee diving events.Also questions about how run, direct and administrate all different types of diving meets from novice events through Olympic Trials.I am also available as a consultant and expert witness for legal cases involving diving. I cannot answer questions about swimming (how to dive off a starting block) or SCUBA diving.


3 time U.S. Diving National Team Coach. Coached World, International and National Junior Olympic individual and team champions. Collegiate level experience (Junior College and Division I).Chairman, U. S. Diving Region 10 and Northern California Diving Associations. Professional diving referee, judge and meet director including U.S. Diving Junior and Senior Nationals, National Qualifying events and Division I collegiate events including the 2010 Men's NCAA Division I Diving Championships. Head Referee for the Big 12 and ACC Conference Diving Championships.Competition Director for past NCAA Men's Division I Nationals and numerous Pac 10 Conference Championships.In 2010, attended the FINA Junior Olympic World Diving Championships to take the International Judging Certification Class which was successfull completed.

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B.S. in Recreation and California Teaching Credential in Physical Education/Aquatics. U.S. Diving Safety Certified Coach.

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