What a better way to practice your javelin throwing techniques by attending ThrowsLab Javelin Throwing Camps. The coaches will help guide you to throw the javelin to your skill level potential and furthermore it is a way to fast-track your throwing progress and hit more PRs in less time. The ThrowsLab coaches will help you with fine tuning the combination of speed, power and techniques. They will give instruction on proper grip, positioning of the body, as well, positioning of the javelin to enable a throw that will go the distance. When you attend a throws camp, you’ll be met by a group of youth, high school, collegiate, post collegiate, and master throwers all working towards the same goals as you: training smarter and throwing farther. A large number of coaches both attend and staff javelin throws camp, which means you’ll get to observe coaches refining their technique alongside your fellow athletes.
What makes ThrowLab’s Javelin Throwing Camps Special?
To begin with, we keep our coach-to-athlete ratio intentionally high to ensure that every athlete gets a ton of one-on-one attention, and to allow our coaches to work with every skill level present. You can expect a minimum of 7:11 ratio of coaches to athletes at our javelin throwing camps. Our coaches are the best in the industry, easily demonstrated by the results of their work. You can find our athletes in podium spots from USATF, Junior Olympics, and State, Section and League Championships. While our coaches are proud of their qualifications, the results they produce are what truly set them apart.
Coach Fouts has coached me (Malan Potts) for 4 years. During that time, he has proven himself to be a generous and giving leader who trains his athletes hard and encourages them to do their best. I saw a huge improvement in my technique after my very first training session. He coaches me in a way that I never feel like he is being critical. I look forward to my training sessions and camps. He is always willing to give me advice on the college process which has been extremely helpful. My entire family appreciates, Coach Fouts!!!!
Can Javelin Throwing Camps Improve My Throw?
Our javelin training camps bring expert coaching together with a supportive learning environment where athletes are surrounded by peers. Javelin throwing camps allow you to learn from the best, connect with coaches, and find the mentorship you may be lacking. ThrowsLab coaches will guide you on how to improve body mechanics, power, and speed through some basic drills that focus on gripping the javelin, executing the draw back, and the standing throw geared toward helping you hit new PRs.
Gripping the javelin
When it comes to how to hold a javelin, there is more than one way to do it. Finding the right grip for your throw can maximize your results as well as help prevent injury. Now if an athlete has ever thrown a football, baseball, etc. the javelin throw motion, as well as the grip, will not feel natural. However, after throwing a javelin a few hundred times, the grip will become second nature. Javelin camps place emphasis on the proven throwing techniques that will consistently increase your throw distance.
Three different types of grips:
- American grip: This is the most common grip among jav throwers. The athlete needs to have proper flexibility with this throw to prevent an injury (primarily in the elbow or shoulder). There is also a slightly higher risk for injuries to the hand/ fingers if not done correctly. This is probably the strongest grip and can deliver a high amount of rotation upon release.
- Finnish grip: Finnish throwers have dominated javelin for years. They also have a different way of holding it which has been adopted around the world. This grip is slightly harder to master, but can be considered safer than the American grip, with similar rotation.
- Fork or V grip: This is a great grip for beginners as it promotes the correct “over-the-top” release of the javelin. Release from this grip is fairly easy; however, the rotation the athlete will get is rather low. This grip is done by gripping the shaft in between extended index and middle fingers.
Executing the draw back of the javelin
The draw back drill helps you learn about proper alignment and how to relax the arm, shoulder, and hand when drawing the javelin back to throw. The key to a great throw is excellent technique combined with consistent training. In our throws camps, athletes practice a lot of fundamental and technical drills, movements, and throwing alongside coaches. Observing outstanding technique and then applying the same techniques in practice speeds up the learning process. Throws camps are designed to accelerate your throwing progress and enhance your skills quickly.
Standing throw of the javelin
The standing throw exercise teaches you how to get the most energy into your javelin throw with the focus on your weight distribution and positioning of your feet, hips, and knees.
The analysis and correction part of javelin throwing camps is one of the most valuable things our athletes take home. Each attendee’s throw is analyzed by coaches who identify what part of the throw is holding them back. First, we discuss common mistakes in javelin throwing early in the day. Later, by analyzing each throw we help athletes make the large and small adjustments that yield big gains in distance and prevent throwing injuries.
How are Javelin Throwing Camps Structured?
Javelin throwing camps take place over a single day or multiple days. While the format varies depending on the season, most camp days follow a general format. Days typically begin with drills in the morning, an hour-long break for lunch, and throws to finish the day. This format gives athletes a nice foundation to build upon in the second half of the day.
What Do I Need to Bring to a Javelin Throwing Camp?
We recommend that our athletes bring javelin poles, throwing shoes, a water bottle, and a towel with them to camp. We keep a bit of extra equipment around to share with athletes who need it, and we keep an inventory of equipment available for purchase. We prefer that you come in throwing shoes, but you can still learn the drills, movements, and techniques we cover without them.
Athletes should bring a snack and lunch so that they stay fueled throughout a very active 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.