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Here are four steps to a successful overhand throw and a game to practice them with


P.E. & Health  


K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5  

Title – Four Steps to a Successful Overhand Throw
By – Jason Moody
Primary Subject – Health / Physical Education
Grade Level – K-5

Standards Addressed:

    SC Standards – 1,2,5,6,7

General Goal(s):

    The student will demonstrate a correct overhand throw.


      Observe the steps to a good throw:
      1. Side to Target

      2. Weight on back foot with arm in a “Lazy L” shape

      3. Transfer weight to front food with good step and waist rotation (

keep arm back


    4. Follow through

Required Materials:

  • milk crates,
  • tennis balls ( 5+ per student is best ),
  • table/bleachers ( anything that the crate can stand on and get knocked off of )


    It is important to require the students to throw hard to get the correct form. To do this, you need an activity that requires less accuracy and more power.

Step-By-Step Procedures to Activity:

  • Divide the class into equal teams of 3-5 students.
  • In relay form, have the students face a milk crate.
  • Each person in the front of the line throws a tennis ball as hard as possible at the crate to knock if off the table. Set the students about 5-20 feet away ( 5 feet for Kindergarten, 20 feet for 5th graders ).
  • Each time a crate is knocked off the table, have the student that knocked it off set it back up and record a point on a board. The student can retrieve any ball that is scattered on the gym floor or get a new one if the ball they threw did not return to them. This keeps students away from the other throwers.


    The students love this simple game. It is easy to set up, and the students throw hard and get plenty of throws.


      Teacher Observation (

check sheet with four keys to successful throw


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