Introduction for Beginners Level 2 – Lesson 1: Hammer by Dominick Smyth

A new way to throw as well as experimentation into throwing and finding out what's possible with a disc.

Level 2 – Individual game play skills and basic team conceptsLesson 1 – New Throws

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ObjectivesIntroduce a new way of throwing and facilitate participants experimenting with throwing techniques.
CommentsThe 3rd core throw, Hammer/Overhead, brings a new way to attack. As participants become more comfortable throwing, experimentation should be encouraged to discover what individuals can do with a disc and to identify different ways of passing to teammates.
New ConceptsHammer
Skill DevelopmentCatching


Review, preview10 minsReview basic game play concepts introduced in Level 1. Explain Level 2 primarily about individual game play skills and how they fit in to basic team play concepts.
Game10 minsAs a warm up
Hammer10 minsIntroduce technique as an expansion from forehand. Same grip but now with disc overhead, at an angle. Target on release will be above and to the side of the receiver (right handed throw, aim up and left). Disc will be tending towards flat and upside down when it is caught.
Game10 minsEncourage players to use hammer as much as possible.
Design a Throw10 minsDesign A Throw Encourage participants to experiment with different grips, disc angles, body positions, arm motions.
Game10 minsEncourage participants to use throws they designed, as well as those designed by other members of group.

For a tutorial on how to throw a hammer, see Overheads



Talking PointsWhat parts of the pitch does this new throw open up?
What can defenders do to stop it?
Further StudyOverheads


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