Rotational Shot Put (Video)

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Coach Boo Schexnayder highlights teaching progressions for the rotational shot put, while addressing preliminary movements such as the grip, stand and wind. In this clip, he defines the differences in the positioning of the rotational style and the glide style, offering effective strategies to teach both styles.



—There are slight differences in the positioning of the shot and the rotational style when compared to the glide style.

—In the glide style the shot contacts the front of the neck and is cradled with the lower elbow and supported a bit from underneath in many cases.

—In the rotational style the elbow is higher and the shot often rises a bit higher, contacting the side of the neck more than in the glide.

—Beginning stances and positions are the same as in the discus event.


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—When comparing the rotational shot wind to the discus wind they are nearly identical, except that a slightly lesser degree of separation is achieved in the rotational shot put wind.

—In the rotational shot the time available for the strike is typically less than that available in the glide.

—For this reason, strike mechanics in the rotational shot are often compromised particularly the contribution to the shoulder to the strike.

—For this reason and to combat this problem we’ll take the same approach to teaching delivery mechanics that we took in the glide shot put to maximize the efficiency of the strike.

—Squares, fronts and stands are again used with fixed foot throwing featured and the delayed reverse implemented.

—Reversing is permitted in the saddle throw, however the use of this drill might be delayed until reverse mechanics are proficient and premature reversing is no longer a potential problem.

—The mechanics of the rotational shot and discus are very similar. So we take the same pedagogical approach to teaching the same rotational shot event.

—We begin with repetitive pivots then work into the South African drill introducing the same technical components we introduced in these drills in our discus series.

—We will also isolate key positions using the pivot- stop- South African and the turn-stop-stand. 


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—Finally, full throws allow for a holistic approach to teaching the event.

—The orbit of the shot differs from the orbit of the discus.

—So rather than teaching highs and lows throughout the turns, leveled shoulders are stressed.

—The angle of inclination at release comes mainly from the lift produced by the legs during delivery.




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Boo Schexnayder - Irving “Boo” Schexnayder is regarded internationally as one of the leading authorities in training design, bringing 39 years of experience in the coaching and consulting fields. Regarded as one of the world’s premier field event coaches, he was the mastermind behind 19 NCAA Champions during his collegiate coaching career. Schexnayder has also been a prominent figure on the international scene, having coached 11 Olympians, and has served on coaching staffs for Team USA to the 2003 Pan Am Games in Santo Domingo, the 2006 World Junior Championships in Beijing, and was the Jumps Coach for Team USA at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Prior to his collegiate and international career, Schexnayder was a successful mathematics teacher and prep coach at St. James High School for 11 years, coaching football, track and field, and cross country. The Vacherie, La., native was class valedictorian at St. James High in 1979, and earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Nicholls State University. He graduated cum laude with a B.S. in physical education in 1983 and later added a master’s degree in administration and supervision in 1988, again earning cum laude honors.

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