A Coaching Cue to Help Young Athletes Learn a Good Throwing Position
If you are looking for a good coaching cue for teaching young athletes to drive their hips through to the front during a throwing event such as shot put or discus, try this:
Tell athletes to “Throw the money out of their pocket”.
The below explanation is for a right-handed thrower:
- Tell the athlete to pretend that they are carrying coins in the right-hand-side pocket of their shorts/pants.
- Ask the athlete to “throw the money out of their pocket” without using their hands.
NOTE: I usually ask the athletes to place their hands on their hips during this drill.
This simple cue encourages:
- A pivot of the driving (back) foot.
- A strong drive of the hips to the front.
- An extension of the driving leg and lifting of the height of the hips.
- A transfer of weight from back foot to front foot.
- A tall finishing position.
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Darren 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 Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin , Anchor or via email.
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