Attending shot put throwing camps is a way to fast-track your throwing progress and hit more PRs in less time. 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 throws camps, which means you’ll get to observe coaches refining their technique alongside your fellow athletes.
What makes ThrowLab’s Shot Put Throwing Camps Special?
To begin with, we keep our coach-to-athlete ratio intentionally low to ensure that every athlete gets one-on-one attention, and to allow our coaches to work with every skill level present. You can expect a minimum of 7:1 ratio of athletes-to-coach at our shot put 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.
How do Shot Put Throwing Labs Improve Performance?
Our shot put training camps bring expert coaching together with a supportive learning environment where athletes are surrounded by peers. Shot put throwing camps allow you to learn from the best, connect with coaches, and find the mentorship you may be lacking. Our throws camps incorporate a unique set of methods and activities geared toward helping you hit new PRs.
The Science Behind the Shot Put Throw
Throwing involves a truly unnatural physical movement, which is precisely why it takes such focused technique and practice to master. In a shot put throws camp, our attendees learn the science behind the throw, clarifying the reasons why we throw the way we do. Once you understand the why, the how makes more sense as well. Shot put camps place emphasis on the proven throwing techniques that will consistently increase your throw distance.
Effective Drills and Movement
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.
Shot Put Throws Analysis and Correction
The analysis and correction part of throws camps is one of the most valuable experiences for our athletes. Each student’s throw is analyzed by coaches who identify what part of the throw is holding them back. First, we discuss common mistakes in shot put 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 Shot Put Throwing Camps Structured?
Shot put throws camps can take place over a single day or multiple days. While the format changes depending on the camp focus and time of year, there is a general order of activities. Days typically begin with drills followed by a lunch, and then finishing with throws. This format provides athletes with a solid introduction and foundation to build skills upon in the second half of the day.
What Do I Need to Bring to a Shot Put Throws Camp?
Ideally, you should have a shot put,throwing shoes, a water bottle, and a towel. There is always some equipment on hand to loan to those who need it, and we offersome equipment for purchase at camps. Throwing shoes are certainly helpful, but they are not necessary for learning the drills, movements, and techniques.
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.