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The Military College of South Carolina

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Javelin Throw

Standard

Throw a javelin 130 feet or more.

Elements

Power, muscular strength, balance and coordination.

Execution
  1. Grip - Hold the javelin at the binding cord. The ā€œVā€ grip is the most efficient grip for novice throwers: anchor the javelin between index and middle fingers. The javelin runs down the length of the palm, not across it.
  2. Start and Carry - Carry the javelin above shoulders with elbow of throwing arm pointed forward. The palm of throwing hand faces the sky as if to provide a platform on which the javelin sits. The javelin points in direction of projected path.
  3. Approach - Start 10 to 15 yards behind the throw line. Maintain carrying position of the javelin. The speed of approach should match throwing experience, slower speed for novices.
  4. Withdrawal - This phase begins two strides before the throw line. Use a cone to mark this point. At the cone, the thrower accelerates to move trunk ahead of the javelin, rather than pushing the shoulder or javelin backward.
  5. Throw - When drive foot hits the board it should be forceful enough to rotate hips so that they are rotate to be in line with the projected path of javelin. Lead with elbow as javelin is thrown.
How to Improve

Learn to hold and throw the javelin from a standing position. Add the approach after throwing proficiency is developed.

Safety, Facilities and Equipment

Any large, level grassy area is appropriate for performance of the javelin throw. The area must be restricted to all other uses during performance of the javelin throw. Use of only one javelin is strongly recommended: this limit will reduce distractions and inattentiveness. Keep spectators, throwers, instructors and coaches behind the designated throwing area until the javelin lands.

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