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Here are four steps to a successful overhand throw and a game to practice them with
P.E. & Health
K, 5, 4, 2, 3, 1
By – Jason Moody
Primary Subject – Health / Physical Education
Grade Level – K-5
- SC Standards – 1,2,5,6,7
- 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
- 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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