Catching & Throwing Lesson Plan for Physical Education

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

With this lesson plan, your students are going to practice motor skills and hand-eye coordination through a series of engaging throwing and catching drills and games.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proper throwing techniques
  • Demonstrate proper catching techniques
  • Apply motor skills and hand-eye coordination to group games


45 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • Please note that each state has different standards for physical education. Please consult your state's standards to ensure proper alignment.


  • An assortment of balls
  • Objects to use as targets


  • Start with a warm-up exercise. This should include stretches of the arms, shoulders, back, and legs, as well as a brief jog around the gym.
  • Inform students that they are going to be practicing their throwing and catching skills today.

Throwing Drill

  • Set up a row of objects for target practice. These can be empty soda cans, bowling pins, or anything else you have available.
  • Start by demonstrating a proper overhand throw.
  • Line students up facing the row of targets. Instruct students to try and hit only the target in front of them. They will be throwing their balls following a step-by-step procedure.
  • Step One: Tell students to grab a ball, and stand facing the targets with the ball in their dominant hand.
  • Step Two: Instruct students to turn sideways, with their dominant hand on the side furthest from the targets.
  • Step Three: Tell students to bring their dominant arms back behind their heads. If they need to stretch out their other arm for balance, they may.
  • Step Four: Instruct students to throw by stepping forward with the foot opposite of their dominant hand and to release their arm so it swings in a full arch from their head to their knees.
  • Once they have been through this routine once, have them set up their targets again, and return to the line.
  • Repeat the exercise for as long as it's useful. You can make it more entertaining by yelling orders like a drill sergeant, and by increasing the speed of the commands until students can no longer keep up.

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