Every year, when I hit the TCR Shot Put & Discus Throws Summer Camp Tour, it’s always really great to see the wide range of athletes, talent levels, work levels, and coaching issues, from good to not-so-good.
In Houston, we had way more requests to add an additional private session after the camp.
… and it’s in these private coaching sessions where I can address some of those issues more in-depth.
Yesterday was the perfect example.
I had 3 private sessions booked, and I had all throwing levels present:
- A beginning thrower
- An upper intermediate thrower
- A more advanced thrower.
Since I was out of town, I couldn’t film the private coaching sessions, so I’m going to add some videos I’ve done that are on our YouTube channel as a visual example.
The Beginning Thrower
The beginning thrower was a very tall, 8th grade girl who has grown, I think her mom said, something like 7 1/2 or 8″ in the last two years!!!!
She was a tall girl—about 5’11″—and with that growth comes a little bit of awkwardness.
I always call it the “Bambi Phase.”
Because of this awkwardness, the athlete had some strength issues that were limiting her ability to throw farther.
Below is a short video about how strength dramatically impacts a thrower’s ability to hit key throwing positions & smash a big throw.
(this video is not of the athlete above)