A great idea for coaches and parents teaching throwing is for the coach to demonstrate without a ball and then the players will go through the same throwing motion without the ball. Do this with the “phantom ball” only a couple of times so the players don’t get too bored too quickly. Do this exercise 3-5 times then give the players a ball.
In the “Fence Throwing Drill” the throwing motion forces players to throw over hand instead of sidearm. This is a 1 on 1 drill that has been done for older players, But for t-ball players there can be some positive results in addition to reducing a sidearm motion.
- with a bucket of balls, a player stand near a fence so his arm is closest.
- A righty faces one direction, a lefty the other
- Start far enough away so the player’s arm won’t touch the fence.
- Have the players throw 3-5 balls into space.
- Then move the player closer to the fence and continue to throw.
- Tee psychological aspect even for a young player hitting the fence with his hand and arm will force him to throw the ball overhand. You can use a cone for the player to aim at. Focus only on throwing and not catching. Players in this drill also tend to keep their head steadier then they usually would.