Use Ice Cream to Help Young Athletes Learn the Shot Put Grip

Teach Kids How to Hold a Shot Using This Analogy

Not long ago, I was at a school coaching the basics of shot put to a class of seven year-olds.

I held up a plastic training shot to demonstrate the grip – shot sitting on the base of my fingers, three fingers behind the shot, little finger and thumb to either side.

“It looks like an ice cream in a cone!” one of the kids exclaimed.

“It does look like an ice cream in a cone”, I replied, filing that description away for future use.

A photo that demonstrates how a shot being held in the hand can resemble a scoop of ice cream in a cone., which is a great analogy to use when teaching young athletes.

A shot put “ice cream cone”

Tell me your best shot put grip analogies

Have you come across any good analogies that can be used to teach a shot put grip to young athletes? If so, I would love to hear them. Share your ideas by commenting on this post. You can also use the contact details below.

Further reading

5 Posts That Will Help You Teach Shot Put

20150614_154020-1Darren Wensor is a sports development professional, coach educator, specialist coach of young athletes and founder of the blog coachingyoungathletes.com. Learn more about him here and connect with him on TwitterFacebookLinkedin , Anchor or via email.

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