Throwing

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.

Throwing Mechanics 101

Good throwers make good pitchers, so my Throwing Mechanics 101 webbook, which is the first webbook in my pitching series, and which is available on its own, is designed to teach coaches how to develop good throwers. The lessons it teaches about overhand throwing are applicable to both baseball and softball players.

i. What's the Problem?  

1. Executive Summary
. The Biggest Mistake That Throwers Make
. The Keys to Throwing Well
. Reducing the Likelihood of Throwing Injuries

2. What Good Throwing Mechanics (Actually) Look Like

3. First, Do No Harm
. Cues that Don't Work 

4. Stages of the Throw

5. Grip

6. Positions
. Sideways Position
. Ready Position 

7. Concepts
. Arm Slot
. Separation

8. Throwing Drills
. Backspin Drill
. Crow Hop Drill 
. Progressive Long Toss
. Set Position Drill
. Ready Position Drill
. Walking in Circles Drill
. Wind-Up Drill

9. Throwing Gadgets 

10. Throwing Problem Troubleshooter
. Pushing the Ball (aka "Throwing Like a Girl")

11. Model Throws
. Outfielders
. Infielders
. Catchers

12. What the Research Says