Track and field sports are essentially broken down into three categories: track events, field events, and combined events. Field events are further divided into jumping or throwing events. No matter your track and field event of choice, ThrowsLab has all the equipment you will need to help you perform your best. We offer a huge selection of track and field merchandise in our online store. From javelins and discuses to starting blocks and hurdles and everything in between, ThrowsLab is the premier online retailer of top quality track and field sports apparel, shoes, equipment and accessories. Visit our online track and field equipment store to learn more about how we can gear you up for your next track and field event.
Track and field throwing event equipment
Track and field events include four throwing sports: discus, shot put, hammer, and javelin. Throwing events are our specialty at ThrowsLab. We offer high quality equipment for each of the four sports. We also provide individual and group coaching for the athlete who wants to hone their throwing skills.
Discus throw Equipment
The sport of discus throwing has been around forever. In the discus throw, athletes compete to throw a heavy disc the farthest. In standard competitions, athletes throw the disc from a set circular arc and take turns in a series of throws, with the singular best effort deciding the victor.
Discus throwing requires a precise yet unnatural movement, which is why it takes intensive training and diligent practice to master. ThowsLab offers all the discus equipment you need. We offer a wide selection of Nelco merchandise including Nelco discuses and discus carrying bags. Whether you are in need of a new discus to help you get the farthest throw, or a new pair of discus throwing shoes for your next event, we have the gear for you. In addition to our Neclo discus equipment, we offer in person individual or group throws camps to help you get your farthest throw at your next track and field sports event. In our throws camp, attendees are educated 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.
Track and field sports: Shot put Equipment
The original shot put was nothing more than a heavy stone. The term “shot” originates from the use of round shot-style ammunition for the sport. This ancient sport has also been around forever.
The shot, a metal ball, is put – not thrown – with one hand. The aim is to put it as far as possible from a seven-foot diameter circle that has a curved toe-board at the front.
In addition to shoes and apparel, ThrowsLab has a large selection of shot put merchandise. With a wide selection of indoor shots, you will find the shot tailor-made to meet your needs.
Track and field sports: Javelin equipment
Javelin throwing was essentially invented as a means of hunting with a spear. The object of the sport is for the thrower to throw the javelin, or spear, the farthest. Sounds pretty simple, right? Well, it’s a little more complicated than it may seem. There are strict rules regarding throwing technique. For a throw to be legal, it has to be thrown within a sector, or designated area.
ThrowsLab sells top of the line equipment for all your javelin throwing needs. Listed below are a few of the javelin brands we carry. We sell javelins of all sizes and offer assistance to help you select the best one for you.
- Aussie 2000 Javelins
- Cantabrian Javelins
- Denfly Javelins
- Nemeth Javelins
- Nordic Sport Javelins
- OTE Javelins
Track and field sports: Hammer throw equipment
Hammer handles, hammer carriers, hammer gloves and steel hammers are just some of the hammer throw field event equipment ThrowsLab carries in its online store. In the hammer throw event, a thrower makes three full, quick turns of the body before flinging the hammer. Strength, balance, and proper timing are essential. The throw is a failure if the athlete steps on or outside the circle. Qualities such as refined technique, speed and flexibility have become increasingly important to be successful in the event.
Selecting the best track and field throwing event shoes
One of the most important considerations in selecting your track and field throwing event shoe is fit. Unlike running shoes, dedicated throwing shoes for shot put, discus, and hammer are different from other track shoes – they should have a snug fit. Throwing shoes should also have a smooth bottom for the spin technique or a textured rubber outsole for better traction during the glide technique. While you are looking for a shoe that fits tightly around your foot, you also want to be sure the shoe is comfortable. ThrowsLab offers a variety of shoes in its online store to make it easier to select the shoe that is right for you.
Bring your new track and field throwing equipment to a ThrowsLab throwing camp
Now that you have selected the highest quality equipment from our online track and field merchandise store, consider attending one of ThrowsLab’s throw camps. We offer training for each of the track and field throwing events via our throwing camps. For instance, our discus throwing camps feature a coach-to-athlete ratio of 7:11, which guarantees 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 in the game, with the record to prove it: you’ll find ThrowsLab athletes in podium spots from USATF, Junior Olympics, and State, Section and League Championships. Our coaches have tremendous qualifications, but their results are what make our camps exceptional.
ThowsLab’s discus throwing coaching and small group training
ThrowsLab offers private coaching for the athlete who benefits from a more individualized training approach. Our one-on-one coaching sessions include many training benefits:
- An in-depth analysis and breakdown of your overall technique
- Video Analysis to get a better understanding of how you can improve
- Adjustments during the session that can help your technique immediately
- Drills and Exercises to work on at home to improve your performance
Whether you’re looking to refine your technique or break into the next level of competition, a private one-on-one session will help you hone your skills and maximize your throws. This personalized training session will help you build strength, confidence in your technique, rhythm, Private throws coaching sessions consist of 90 mins of instruction, video analysis, and breakdown of the athlete’s technique, along with a drill prescription for athletes to take home to improve athletic performance, ThrowsLab also offer small group training sessions with many of the same benefits as our camps or individual coaching sessions with a small group in mind.
Track event equipment
When someone thinks of a track event, they think of running. Rightfully so. Whether it is running shoes and singlets or safety equipment and starting blocks, ThrowsLab has the best equipment for both the track event athlete and track event organizer. Our store has been designed with the athlete in mind; we offer only the best products so that the athlete can perform at his or her best. We promote excellence in track and field events and take as much pride in our professional throwing camps as we do our merchandise. We also designed our store for the track and field sports event planners and organizers. We have built a retail destination where you can purchase everything you need to make your event a success and go off without a hitch.
For the athlete, the list below is just an example of the many different types of footwear we carry.
- Cross Country/Indoor
- Sprint Spikes
- Mid-Distance/Multi-event spikes
- Distance Spikes
- Jump Spikes (LJ/TJ/PV/HJ)
- Throwing Shoes
- Racing Flats/Trainers
- Weight Training – Training/Running Shoes
Track and field jumping event equipment
We have not forgotten about the high jumpers, long jumpers or pole vaulters – we have the equipment you need to have a successful event as well.
- High Jump Landing Systems
- High Jump Standards
- Pole Vault Poles
- Pole Vault Landing Systems
- Pole Vault Standards
- Pole Vault Plant Boxes
- Pole Vault Training
- Jump Boards and Pits
- Measure Tapes/Field Marking
- Runway Mats and Repair
- Wind Gauges/Indicators
Great Coaching! Working with throwslab through high school led me to a current d1 opportunity.
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!!!!
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.