Some lads here saying that coaching ground hurling and 2 handed pick ups is a waste of time. A question for these people. Have you ever coached a bunch of 7/8/9 year olds?
Ground hurling - a lot of kids at these ages can’t pick the ball up easily/miss the ball regularly in the air. You need to crawl before you walk etc. You can’t just stick a hurl in kids hands and expect them to be able to hit it in the air without prior coaching on ground hurling.
- great for coaching grip, gaining confidence using both sides, feet positioning,
2 handed pick up - most kids don’t have the strength for the 1 handed pick up. They need to use their 2 hands because the strength is not there for most of them to do it with 1.
- learning with 2 hands allows them to concentrate on pick up technique - using the thin part of the toe, angling the hurl correctly, getting the right height on the ball
When children are comfortable and confident in these 2 skills, then developing the one handed pick up and striking from the hand become much easier.
However, in the modern game, while there is a place for ground hurling and 2 handed pick ups, there is far more need for the one handed pick up and striking in the air. As kids become more proficient then focus can change. But the necessity of having the basics before being able to do this is vital imo.