8 Common Errors in HS Rotational Throwers & Drills to Correct Those Errorsby Jim Aikens
In this course Coach Aikens goes over eight of the most common errors he has experienced while working with high school rotational throwers. He has broken the errors down to four in the back of the ring, two in the middle of the ring and two in the front of the ring. Coach Aikens also provides multiple drills to help correct these common errors. These errors apply to both shot put & discus throwers.
Jim Aikens has been coaching the throws since 1984. He has been the head coach at William Fremd High School in Palatine, Illinois since 1990. During this time Jim’s throwers have medaled at national competitions, won four state championships and 21 other state medals. Jim's throwers have also won numerous sectional and conference championships. Jim has had 5 throwers toss the shot 60 feet or better. Jim has earned his USA Track & Field Level 1 and Level 2 certification. In 2014 Jim was chosen as one of the eight finalists for the National High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year. He has also served as President for the Illinois Track and Cross-Country Coaches Association and is a member of their Hall of Fame. Jim’s teams have won nine conference championships, nine sectional championships, and five top 8 finishes at the Illinois state meet. Jim retired from William Fremd HS in 2017. He coached throws at Burlington Central HS from 2018 until 2021. There he coached a state champion in the boys shot as well as a 2nd & 5th place finisher in the girl’s discus. Coach Aikens has published several articles and videos about the throws and training for the throws.