Our discus throwing camps feature a coach-to-athlete ratio of 7:1, guaranteeing plenty of one-on-one attention for each athlete. The large number of coaches at throws camps enables them to work with every skill level equally. Our coaches are the best, with the record to prove it: you will find ThrowLabs athletes in podium spots from USATF, Junior Olympics, and State, Section and League Championships. Our coaches have tremendous qualifications, but results are what make our camps exceptional.
Can Discus Throwing Camps Improve My Throw?
Yes! Discus throwing camps are one of the fastest ways to increase your throwing skills and distance, leading to more impressive PRs. Throws camps are filled with athletes at all levels, from youth to post-collegiate, and even master throwers. Every athlete you attend with is on the same page, wanting to train smarter and throw farther. Being able to observe other athletes’ training gives you a special insight into what makes a great discus throw.
What Skills Are Taught in Discus Throwing Camps?
Our discus throwing camps combine expert coaching with a supportive learning environment. Surrounded by peers, throws camps allow you to connect with exceptional coaches and find the guidance you may be lacking. Our coaches employ a unique set of methods and training activities that help you achieve new distances.
The Science Behind Discus Throwing
Discus throwing requires a precise and unnatural movement. This is why it takes intensive training and diligent practice to master. In a discus throws camp, attendees learn about the science behind the throw and the reasons why we throw the way we do. Putting that science into action is easier when you understand it. Discus throwing camps focus on drills and throwing techniques that increase throw distance and overall performance.
Effective Drills and Movement Training
The key to a great discus throw is putting in the work to master your technique. In our throws camps, athletes practice fundamental and technical drills, movements, and throwing right alongside coaches. Observing coaches demonstrating techniques and then applying the same techniques in practice speeds up the learning process. Throws camps are designed to quickly enhance throwing skills and increase distances.
Analysis and Correction of Discus Throws
The analysis and correction portion of throws camps is one of the takeaways athletes benefit from the most. Each attendee’s throw is analyzed by coaches who identify what part of their throw is limiting their distance. Early in the camp, we go over common mistakes made in discus throwing. Later, when we analyze each throw, athletes are able to make adjustments that give them big gains in distance and performance.
What Does a Day in Discus Throwing Camps Look Like?
Discus throwing camps usually last a single day. The format may change depending on the season, but most camp days follow a specific sequence. Usually, days begin with drills in the morning, followed by an hour-long break for lunch, and conclude with throws until the end of the day. By starting with fundamental techniques and movement, the day builds skills and practice effectively.
What Do I Need to Bring to Discus Throwing Camps?
Bring two discs, throwing shoes, a water bottle, and a towel. We always have extra equipment at camps for athletes who need it, but the more equipment we have in circulation, the more practice everyone gets. We also keep an inventory of equipment available for purchase. Ideally, athletes will be wearing throwing shoes, but you can still learn the drills, movements, and techniques without them.
Athletes should also bring a snack and lunch so that they can maintain their energy throughout a long and activity-filled day.
Frequently asked questions about ThrowsLab Camps
How many coaches and athletes will be at a ThrowsLab camp?
We are very committed to keeping our coach-to-athlete ratio as small as possible. Our goal is no more than a 7:1 ratio. This means every athlete gets a ton of one-on-one instruction, but we’re also able to attend to a broad range of skill levels.
Is lunch provided at a ThrowsLab camp?
No. There are usually local places to eat lunch or you can bring food. There is an an hour for lunch each day at Throwslab camps.
What kind of equipment do I need to bring to a ThrowsLab camp?
Bring a shot put, two discs, throwing shoes, water bottle, and a towel to dry off implements just in case it’s necessary.
Can I still come to a ThrowsLab camp if I don’t have throwing shoes or equipment?
Yes. Not having throwing shoes isn’t ideal but still manageable to learn the technique, drills, and movements. We provide other equipment in limited quantities for Throwslab camps. You can also buy equipment from Throwslab at the camp.
What is a typical day like at a ThrowsLab camp?
A Throwslab camp offers a balance of drills and throwing. The order is usually drills, lunch, then throwing. We make adjustments as-needed, depending on the format and time of year.
About your Throws coach
Coach John Fouts is the owner of ThrowsLab. He is certified by USATF as a level 2 coach, completed level 2 of Arete Throws Nation TCR™ system, and holds an NCACE Strength and Conditioning Coach Certification. He was a two-sport athlete in high school (Football & Track) and played his college football at Santa Clara University and UCLA. In 2011 he became a full-time coach and currently coaches Track at Diablo Valley College.
Over the past 7 years his athletes have won 2 Junior Olympic National Titles, achieved two top 5 finishes at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships, has had 5 podium finishes at state, won 58 discus and shot put titles, broke a 42 year old NCS section record in Discus (205’ 7”), and 9 school records. John currently lives with his wife Carol (Mrs. ThrowsLab) and their children in Clayton.