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Safety in the Throwing Events
Article By: William Byron Pendleton
The importance of safety in the throwing events cannot be overstated. In high school only the Pole Vault has a great history of serious injuries incurred by participants and spectators. In high school the throwing events concerned are the shot put and discus.


Teaching Progressions For Beginning Discus Throwers
Article By: Don Babbitt University of Georgia, Athens, GA
The first step in introducing the discus to the beginner is to give them a feel for how to hold the discus. To begin, the thrower should hold the discus in the palm of their outstretched arm (this is the non-throwing arm). Then place the right fingertips extending over the edge of the lip of the discus.

Interview with Art Venegas, Head Track & Field Coach, UCLA
Article By: Joe Bailey
Considered the premier collegiate men's and women's throwing coach in the nation, Art Venegas also has a worldwide reputation because of his coaching expertise with many world-class throwers.

Train Light Throw Big
Article By: Patrick Wyatt, Sweet Home HS, Amherst, New York
The method of training for the shot put I am going to relate to you now, was developed and used for over 30 years. It has been used by national champions and beginning throwers with equal success. It has given as much as a 13 improvement in one season. Most increases in distance are anywhere from 5 to 10 feet, and this is with veteran throwers.

Zen in the Art of Throwing
Article By: Tony Ciarelli, Huntington Beach High School
I have always felt that preparation for the throwing events was much like preparing for the martial arts. Not just the physical movements, but the mental preparation as well. Our dojo (practice hall) is the ring; we do our kata (practicing of form and movements) much the same as martial artist perfecting our techniques to the smallest details.

Coaching Shot Put for Beginner Throwers Part I
Article By Don Babbitt: University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Step-by-step teaching progressions can be used to lead the beginning thrower through the various aspects of shot-put technique, from how to hold the shot to a full throw using the rotational or glide technique. Teaching progressions can be an effective way to introduce a highly technical event like the shot put, which demands coordination of the legs, trunk and arms, in order to have a successful performance. It is important that each step of a teaching progression focuses on a single aspect of technique and that only one new technical element is introduced with each successive step. By teaching the shot put in such a progressive manner, the beginning shot-putter is allowed to learn one step at a time and will not be overloaded by having to concentrate on many things at the same time.

Teaching Progressions for Beginning Shot Put
Part II

Article By Don Babbitt: University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Part I of this two-part article illustrated a five-step teaching progression that taught beginning throwers how to standthrow. Once a thrower is able to standthrow and feel comfortable with the motion, he is able to advance to either the glide or the rotational technique. Part II of this article will cover teaching progressions for both techniques, beginning with the glide technique. All descriptions of technique will be for the right-handed thrower.

The Glide
Article By Tony Ciarelli: Huntington Beach high School, Throws Coach
The Start
: Balanced and Relaxed, weight on a flat right foot, shoulders back and down, wrapped around the right leg, left leg relaxed and toward the front of the ring, left arm back and relaxed, shot under the chin, eyes on focal point or horizon.


Article By Tony Ciarelli: Huntington Beach high School, Throws Coach
WASA / Technique
There is no right way to do the wrong thing, technique is everything.
It is crucial that technique is developed to an optimal level to throw far.

Training the High School Discus Thrower
Article By Bill Pendleton: Esperanza High School
Developing a skilled top level discus thrower requires patience but has many rewards. To begin with, the discus is an event that requires a high level of skill. Unlike the sprints or jumps, a decent thrower is almost never beaten by a superior athlete who walks over and dabbles in the event. By becoming technically proficient a thrower of very modest athletic ability will defeat the great majority of his competitors, and a truly gifted athlete will dominate most meets short of the prestigious invitationals. In discussing the training of the discus thrower, I will emphasize coaching approaches and experiences I have found in developing high school throwers. I will discuss everything in terms of a right-handed thrower. reverse all directions for a left hander. Also, in describing the ring, I will refer to the rear where the throw begins as 12 o'clock with the front being 6 o'clock etc. Developing a top level thrower has many stages:

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