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Fouling Practice THROWS??!?!?!

Everyone has the Instagram troll chirping their feed when they drop a big bomb in practice but step over the toeboard…


“DOESN’T COUNT! YOU STEPPED OVER THE STOP BOARD!”


These trolls love to point out that a throw was fouled in training. If a throw is fouled in training, it’s most definitely going to be a foul in a competition. Right? At least that seems like reasonable logic, but there has to be more to the story. Is fouling a practice throw the end of the world? Is it a sign the apocalypse is upon us? Let’s find out.


Establish the Saveable BOMBS

Training throws can get almost as intense as competition throws, if not more intense. Some throwers like to play the big competition game, they put themselves in the sixth round of the Olympics. They are visualizing the competition staring them down while they go in for their last throw. The sweat is dripping from their brow. The time has come. The shot or discus slides off their hand perfectly, it’s an effortless throw that results in a HUGE bomb. But they slightly foul the throw as they are screaming their head off, visualizing their Olympic title victory.


Is this response ok for progress in training? Is it really ok to foul in training? From first glance, this looks troublesome but as coaches and athletes, there needs to be a distinguished approach to analyzing the big throws in practice. Why was there a foul? How severe was the foul? Could it have been saved?


These are valid questions that need to be addressed. The most important part pertains to each individual thrower. What is that specific thrower capable of saving in competition? Do they blast out of the front of the circle in practice without any regard to staying in the circle? OR do they barely step out with their non-dominant leg while the rest of their body remains in the circle? These are positions that need to be analyzed and recognized to address fouling in practice!


Fouling...It’s ok, It’s ok...