As mentioned in the preface, former Indiana University and International Hall of Fame diving coach Hobie Billingsley liked to say that the forward approach is the most difficult part of diving. Few coaches and divers would dispute Hobie’s claim.
The reason for revisiting the magic position is that the following essential positions for the takeoff are impossible to attain to any degree of proficiency without first establishing the magic position. From the magic position, there are five basic takeoff positions for springboard and platform takeoffs.
Level 1 is the entry level for the sport of diving. It is perhaps the most important level because the primary coaching objectives are to hook young kids on the great sport of diving and begin laying a rock-solid foundation for success.
Endorsed by USA Diving, Springboard and Platform Diving breaks
down the phases of each dive while providing expert instruction to
improve performance. The book includes high-quality photos, mental
strategies, and numerous drills, and worksheets, making it the ideal
resource for divers and coaches alike.
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Springboard and Platform Diving is the authoritative guide to the sport. Thoroughly researched and painstaking compiled, it covers it all, including coaching, competition, and conditioning.
Internationally renowned coach Jeff Huber has worked with divers at all levels—from novice to Olympian—for more than four decades. Now that lifetime of knowledge, analysis, and expertise is distilled into Springboard and Platform Diving.
Inside you will find comprehensive coverage of every phase of the dive:
Takeoff and connections
Positions, spotting, and come-out
Line-up and entry
Along with detailed instruction, developmental drills, and coaching tips, you’ll discover in-depth coverage on teaching, using skill progressions, and creating annual training plans for each diver.
The definitive guide for coaches and divers, Springboard and Platform Diving has garnered the endorsement of USA Diving. Make it your go-to resource for diving excellence.
Chapter 1 How Coaches Teach, How Divers Learn Chapter 2 Forward Approach Chapter 3 Backward Press Chapter 4 Takeoff and Connection Chapter 5 Position, Spotting, and Come-Out Chapter 6 Line-Up and Entry Chapter 7 Skill Progression: Putting It All Together Chapter 8 Strength, Conditioning, Nutrition, and Recovery Chapter 9 Creating an Annual Individualized Training Plan Chapter 10 Mental Training for Practice Chapter 11 Mental Training for Competition
Appendix: Individualized Emotion Profile Worksheet
Jeff Huber has been involved in the sport of diving for more than
45 years. He spent 37 years as a collegiate diving coach, including 24
years at Indiana University.
During his career he developed U.S. and NCAA champions, international
champions, and Olympians. At Indiana University, Huber coached divers to
more than 40 Big Ten championships and more than 75 All-American
selections. As a USA Diving coach, he accompanied his divers to every
international competition in the world, including the Pan American
Games, World University Games, World Championships, World Cups, and
three Olympic Games. He has been named U.S. National Coach of the Year,
NCAA Coach of the Year, USOC Coach of the Year, and Big Ten Coach of the
As a diver, Huber was a California state high school diving champion,
U.S. national finalist, Big Ten finalist, and U.S. Olympic Trials
competitor. Despite his work with elite divers, he has coached divers of
all levels and enjoyed working with both young and old divers at his
prestigious summer diving academy.
Huber holds a PhD in educational psychology with an emphasis in
cognition and is currently professor of practice at Indiana University
in the department of psychological and brain sciences. One of his
favorite classes to teach is Psychology of Coaching and Motor
“From youth competitors to world champions, coaching legend Jeff
Huber has trained divers at every level. His holistic approach and
extensive understanding of the sport make Springboard and
Platform Diving a must-read for divers and coaches alike."
Linda Paul-- President and Chief Executive Officer USA Diving
“Springboard and Platform Diving covers all areas of
diving. It’s the ideal resource for divers and coaches of all levels so
they can take that next step up the ladder of success.”
Steve Foley-- USA Diving High-Performance Director
“Jeff Huber has a great record as an international-level diving
coach, and Springboard and Platform Diving is an excellent
presentation of his vast understanding of the sport. Whether you are a
beginning or elite coach, Huber explains the critical mechanics of each
dive and the teaching techniques and complementary drills required for
Dr. Rick Schavone-- Stanford University 1989-2014, 2012 Olympic