If anyone’s interested, they can help their kids with throw-ins. Here are the rules:
1. Both feet must stay on ground
2. Can stand on or behind the side line
3. Ball must go behind the head
4. Must use both hands equally (can’t use only one hand & if there is a lot of side spin the referee may say one hand was used too much)
Here are a few pointers:
- A simple way to help ensure both feet stay on the ground – keep two feet together (not apart, and not one foot in front of other), and try to throw the ball high/ over players’ heads. (They’re less likely to raise a foot when they throw over players’ heads than if they throw toward the ground.)
- If the player wants to drag their back foot, just make sure the front foot doesn’t go past the side line, and be sure the player drags the toes of the rear foot so hard she can hear it (requires knees to be bent).
- Throw the ball towards a teammate that’s open, and throw the ball fast. Standing around waiting for the perfect moment only results in giving the opponents more time to cover our players. Kids tend to think that the throw-in with the back foot dragging is more advanced, but if anyone watched the women’s World Cup this year, they noticed many kept their ankles together and threw it in quickly.
You can practice this with an imaginary ball in the house, if you’d like. Even if you just help your child do 5 imaginary throw-ins that are correct, that will help them a lot.