JELLY BEAN SPORTS: How to Teach Young Children to Properly Throw a Baseball
This hub will teach you lessons on movements and vocabulary a beginner athlete can really understand and it will allow you to see that they can throw a baseball properly. Note: This doesn't mean they always will. When they don't, you will know how to properly coach in a way that KEEPS SPORTS SIMPLE, AND MAKES LEARNING FUN.
Young Children How to Throw
# of steps - 4
Teaching Time - 2 minutes
Keywords: Toothpick, Ball, Wall, Broken, Roof, Loose
Instruction: Begin standing on a spot or line two steps away from the garage, a wall or gym curtain.
1. Create a toothpick™ (straight arm) out in front with baseball in hand. For really young children, skip this step and begin with step 2.
2. Ball-to-the-wall™. Kiss the ball to the wall. The key to this step is to make a fun kissing sound as ball touches wall. Keeping your arm holding the ball straight. (Repeat Steps 1 & 2 twice more)
3. Broken toothpick™ (Create a cracking sound [this is fun for kids] and bend at elbow.) (Start from the beginning and do it twice more, [repetition is a key to kids learning retention]
4. Loose-at-the-roof™ (Extend broken toothpick above head straightening arm and throwing the ball at something fun)
3-Step Throwing Motion
As children practice use your clutch words, as we call them at Jelly Bean Sports. These are the key words that make up the instruction. The more the child hears them the more apt they are to saying and using the instruction as they perform the throwing motion. Toothpick, Ball-to-the-Wall(sm), Broken Toothpick(sm), Loose-at-the-Roof(sm).
Finally, encourage! Encourage! Encourage! –Good! Awesome! Way to go!
for you Type A personalities, there is no need to get overly technical. This
technique is for a beginner athlete. Use the first video if your athlete is
older. Progressing beyond this instruction to the video is counterproductive.
Your young child or team will remember more when it is taught this way.
Some Advanced Techniques
* Add a step, and then Loose-at-the-roof(sm)
* Add more than one target and call out the one you want him or her to throw at. This improves children's cognitive abilities.
And there you have it. Short, simple, and fun! Enjoy!