Purpose

Builds confidence and helps the high jumper learn the timing required of higher jumps.

Setup

  • Place a springboard or a ramp at the point of a jumper’s normal takeoff.

How it Works

  1. The jumper will continue with his or her standard approach, and once they get to the takeoff point, the jumper will hit the springboard and use the same jump technique as they would normally use.
  2. The aid of the springboard simulates higher jumps. This allows the jumper to build confidence and aggression, and learn the timing to succeed at higher jumps.

Coaching Tips

  • With the aid of the springboard, the jumper should be trying to stretch his or her jumps as high as possible … this will help the jumper develop the necessary timing to know when to swing the body up and over the bar on a normal jump.