Updated Saturday March 11, 2017 by Administrator.
The throwing habits/skills you teach a 4-6 year old will stay with him/her, and affect their lifelong play, more than anything else you teach them.
Here are the essentials of good throwing:
- Teach kids to grip the ball with fingers, instead of grabbing the ball in the palm.
- Tee age: three fingers on top, spread out, pinky tucked on side.
Proper mechanics of the throw:
- Body starts sideways to target, Arms fully extended out in a ‘T’: front (gloved) hand points at target, back (ball) hand straight back, thumb pointing down
- Circular motion above shoulder to throw
- Throwing elbow should go above shoulder, arm in L‐shape at apex of throw
- Follow thru with whole body - arm comes across as body turns and back leg comes across front as weight shifts during release
- Eyes on target entire time
- Watch for and Intervene to correct: Side‐arm throwers, ‘Low elbow’ throwers