The hammer throw is part of the long tradition of objects being hurled for distance going back thousands of years.
The basic concept is similar to other modern track and field events, throw for distance within a given sector and remain within the confines of the throwing area. In the hammer throw, the circle is 7 feet.
The hammer is a ball with a swivel connected by a wire with a handle. The hammer is 7.26 kilos (16 pounds) for men and 4 kilos (8 pounds 9 ounces) for women. In the United States, the boys throw 5.44 kilos (12 pounds), the women’s hammer is 4 kilos. At the international level, many countries throw lighter hammers as young throwers develop technique.
Proper safety precautions with the hammer throw are always the first concern of any coach. A certified cage with a landing area clear on all sides with markings that restrict access is needed. The hammer doors should always be in the correct settings during training.
When teaching the hammer, the 360 degrees of the circle are used as reference points. 0/360 degrees in the back of the circle, going counter-clock wise, the front of the circle is 180.
Now, it is time for the first lesson in hammer throwing, learning how to turn properly.