DISCUS (SIMPLE TIPS)
1. Holding the discus
4. Release the discus
You can also refer to the LAACT Website for some good fact sheets on how to throw a discus:
The javelin should be held horizontally, in the palm of your hand.
Hold the javelin high, over your right shoulder (for a right-handed thrower), with your elbow up and pointed forward.
U11 should use standing throw
The javelin is aimed forward with the point tipped slightly down.
Begin running and accelerate smoothly toward the throwing line.
Run straight ahead. Maintain the javelin’s position.
U12 use less than 6 strides
U13 and up should use less than 10 strides
With your final two strides turn your body so your left hip (right handed thrower) is pointed forward. The left leg crosses over the right and you pull javelin back.
Your throwing hand should be shoulder height and arm straight.
Plant your left leg and push off with your right. Turn your hips as you move your weight forward, bring your arm up and forward, keeping your elbow high.
Release the javelin while your throwing hand is as high as possible and is ahead of your front foot.
Watch this video for a good example of how to throw the javelin.
Holding the shot
2. Neck placement
1. Delivery of the shot (standing put)
1. Body position in the glide
2. Gliding into the power position
Watch this video for a good description of the glide