Throwing is one of the worst-taught athletic skills.
The problem is that people tend to...
- Over-coach arm action, which most kids do right naturally.
- Under-coach footwork, which many kids have problems with.
The video clip below is a perfect example of the state of the art; of the kind of well-intentioned -- but at best incomplete and at worst dangerously uninformed -- throwing instruction that exists today.
I started teaching throwing via a very well-received piece called The Stages of the Throw. Over the years, I have expanded that piece and added to it a number of other supporting pieces and research that address topics like what to teach and, just as importantly, what not to teach.