Use “Scarecrow Claps” as an Introductory Activity for Discus
Stand side-on to the throwing direction “like a scarecrow” (i.e. arms extended wide at shoulder height). A right-handed thrower will stand facing to their right. Their right arm will be back; their left arm will be forward. Both hands should be held with thumb on top, little finger underneath, ready to clap.
Scarecrow Clap with Pivot
Scarecrow Clap, Pivot and Weight Transfer
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