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I can't go into how many reasons why this is a horrible way to teach kids. Lets just say this. I have lived by a simple rule to never trust a coach who tucks his polo shirt into his sweat pants. It has served me well all these years :)
He is breaking throwing down by steps. Getting your player to use glove hand to point to your target and to also use your glove hand as momentum. It also helps with follow thru when throwing. When the player move to both feet and start throwing you will see the difference. Pointing glove hand towards target helps with accuracy, power, follow thru and especially when you add in the crow hop more distance.
I get what is he is trying to teach here. The Only thing that I would stress is that you would not want the elbow higher the the shoulder. You really start to put stress in the shoulder joint when you throw with the elbow higher then shoulder level. ( note lower then shoulder level is not good either).
This drill is ridiculous. Just look at the lack of form of the girls in the background. They are learning NOTHING from this so called drill. With so many real drills for throwing that are available to teach, this is one that should not even be considered.
No...Im pretty sure he is showing these girls its ok to use only their arms to throw. Regardless of what you take from this video, you can teach players how to throw simply by teaching them the proper way to throw, which is to use their WHOLE body, not just their arm(s). Its not a dumbass comment, I do know what Im talking about. Do you? What level of professional baseball or softball have you played full time?
You're obviously missing the point of this drill. It's working on getting both arms involved in the throw, nothing more and nothing less. He's breaking down that specific aspect of throwing. The drill is not meant to work on anything else...it's a drill. WTH are you thinking making such a dumbass comment about something you know nothing about?
So... What about following thru on your throw? This looks like you teach players to use only their arms to throw...wth are you thinking? There is no indication you teach players the proper way to throw, which is using their whole body. Not a good video.