Overhand Throw Lesson


The engaging activity I will be teaching about is throwing. More specifically, the overhand throw. The overhand throw is very important when it comes to invasion games and other activities. Teaching students how to throw and catch with different objects allows them to build confidence and develop movement skills that are a part of many different activities. Overhand throws revolving vertically don't fade (a tendency to drift to one side or the other depending whether the thrower is right or left handed; if he's right handed, the ball will drift right, left handed to the left. Note that these are throws contributing to a put out. 

Tennessee Physical Education Standards Grades K-12

MS.10 Overhand Throw


The task we are doing is throwing a ball through a hula-hoop. This can be a dodgeball, wiffle ball, or any foam/squishy ball. We will tape a hula-hoop against a wall and have students throw through it. The goal of this activity is to throw the ball in the circle or middle of the hula-hoop. We will have cones sat out, and the grade level will determine how far away the cones are from the hula-hoop. When doing this activity you must throw behind the cones that are placed. 

When teaching 3rd graders with Dr. Walker, the students loved this activity. We had 3-5 students at a time, so it was easy to correct their throwing motion and help them do it properly. 


Cones will be placed at a certain distance, depending on your grading level. Students will have 10 throws behind the cones. When this occurs, I will be observing them and trying to correct them. 

Here are a few videos that can correct the students form:



The evaluation to this activity is pretty simple, but I want to focus more on proper mechanics. The evaluation goes like this, each student will have 10 throws, and their goal is to make all 10 of them. With these 10 throws I want good, repeatable mechanics. Not worry about how hard it is, just accuracy at this point. 



Why should we teach overhand throwing ? 

(2009) found children who were more proficient in their object control skills became adolescents with a ten to twenty percent higher chance at engaging in vigorous physical activity. Of the skills we classify as object control, overhand throwing would seem to have the most diverse set of applications.


Throwing strengthens several key areas of development, including: Integrated Movement. Hand-eye Coordination. Learning About Gravity.


When this activity is all said and done, the student should have proper overhand throwing mechanics and good control of where the ball is going. The student will gain confidence in their motor skills, and this activity will transfer over into invasion games.