...is of course, make Ultimate fun so they come back for more.
But the next "first step" is GSWAP.
I took the time to throw with a beginner on my Hat team on Sunday morning. After two throws, it was time to help him with the most fundamental thing - throwing.
And the most fundamental step is grip.
The guideline for teaching throws is the acronym GSWAP.
Grip comes first in this list. Because it is the first step in the throwing action, and the most important.
Advise beginners to use the power grips for forehand and backhand. See here.
Folks with small hands are allowed to use beginner's grips. But tell them to try the power grips on 20 throws first.
So back to our beginner. With a proper forehand power grip, his wobbling 6 metre throws became stable 15 metre throws. Improvement -> confidence -> enjoyment.
And of course, don't forget that with beginners less is more. After you offer advice, let them practice and play with their new grip/cut/stance/endzone play. Ask them how it is going.
You need to offer more compliments than criticisms or suggestions. Every time.