Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Even BAD Judges Can See That!


As you are all painfully aware, not all high school and summer league diving judges are as "competent" as we would hope but one thing is for sure -- even BAD judges can see!

We often see high school and summer league diving meets being judged (often reluctantly) by swimming officials who may not know much about diving. It is not unreasonable to assume that the only time they see diving is when they are sitting in the judging chair. However, regardless of their judging ability or knowledge of the sport -- they can and do see things! They CAN see things like non-vertical entries; bent legs; flat feet; big splashes; etc. Simple things like keeping your legs straight, feet together and toes pointed; going in straight on your dives with good entries -- these basic fundamentals are paramount to success in diving and should not be tossed aside as unimportant. They are of the utmost importance!

As I always tell my divers: "You need to be BETTER than bad judging"!

What Some Coaches Will Do To Get Kimball's Help!

Now that Kimball is "retired" -- he travels around the country helping other coaches at camps and clinics and is in constant demand. It is amazing how some coaches still feel about him.