Our team is an affiliate of USA Diving, Inc., the national governing body of springboard and platform diving in the United States. USA Diving is a successor to the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and is an independent non-profit corporation formed to promote and improve diving in the United States. It is a member of the United States Aquatics Sports, Inc. and FINA (the international federation that governs diving and several other aquatic sports). USA Diving sanctions Novice, Junior, Senior and Masters diving programs. MVND members may participate in any of these programs, but most of MVND’s competitive efforts are focused within the Junior diving program. The USA Diving Junior program includes divers who are age 18 and under. Divers compete with other divers in their age-group. The following age-groups are recognized at competitions: 13 & Under, 14-15, and 16-18. Some competitions allow for 9 & Under and 11& Under age-groups as well. A specified number of dives are required for each age and gender group.
Our Southern Pacific Association (SPA), located in Region IX, is a recognized subsidiary member of USA Diving that includes the counties of San Luis Obispo, Ventura, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, Santa Barbara, San Diego, and Imperial. All Nadadore divers must be registered members of USA Diving and are automatically members of the SPA. MVND parents are encouraged to support SPA. Scheduled meetings are held at regular intervals during the year. Contact the SPA Chairman for the exact time and location. Minutes of the SPA meetings are sent to interested parties upon request.
USA Diving Region IX is one of ten junior diving regions established by USA Diving to feed into five junior diving zones. The qualifying system is set up such that the regional competitions serve as qualifying meets for the zone competitions (JO West Nationals in the Spring), and the zone competitions serve as qualifying meets for the Junior and Age Group National Championships in the summer. Regional competitions are conducted twice yearly: Spring Regionals in March and Summer Regionals in June. The Spring Regionals qualify to JO West Nationals in April while the Summer Regionals qualify to the Summer Zones. The Summer Zones qualify to the Junior and Age Group National Championships, which occur annually in August.
In addition to being an affiliate of USA Diving, MVND is also a member club of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). The AAU is a national multi-sport body that recently returned diving to its list of sponsored sports. There are several AAU-sanctioned meets throughout the year that MVND may host or attend, including the annual AAU National Championship held each summer.