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

Teach Kids How to Hold a Shot Using This Analogy

A while back, 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 – the 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

E- Book:

How To Teach Shot Put To Young Athletes E-Book (plus bonus cheat sheet) 


5 Posts That Will Help You Teach Shot Put

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