GHS 5-6 Year Old Throwing Program
For Players and Coaches
This program is for 5-6 year old players that are just learning to throw the ball. The use of the tee and this program is an effective way to teach beginner players proper throwing fundamentals.
Position the player 10-15 feet behind the tee. Have the player throw 3 sets of 3 dry reps for each of the first four steps, evaluating and correcting after each set. In the final step, the player will perform 3 sets of 4 live throws, again evaluating and correcting after each set.
For Group Instruction
Form the players into groups of 2-4 per tee. Explain each step and then visually demonstrate it to the group. The coach should be positioned on the opposite side of the tee, giving directions to each player as everyone in the group performs each step with 3-4 dry throws. On the final step, have each player live throw 4 times rotating through for a total of 3 times.
Players in group settings learn from performing the reps themselves, as well as by watching other players perform them and listening to instruction from the coach.
Explain to the players:
- How the boom and foot markers are used to keep their front shoulder inline with the target
- How the yellow foot marker guides the players front/lead foot to the target
- How the player is to align the player’s front/lead shoulder with the yellow boom marker
- How the eyes/head, during their stride, are not to pass the center line of the yellow marker until the release of the ball while also keeping the back foot toe on the ground until after the release
- How the term square (that is used throughout the program) is when the players shoulders and feet are inline vertically when the player is in their stance or stride
Explain each step and then visually demonstrate it to the group.
The program consists of 3 dry reps per player as players rotate turns through 3 sets of the steps 1-4. Step 5 consists of 4 live throws per player in 3 sets.
Suggestion: Have a coach or parent video record the player from behind during step 5 so the player and/or coach can review the throws.