CFA Basketball throw help

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  1. rayquad

    rayquad Member

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    I am preparing for the CFA and the basketball throw is my weakest event by far. I should be able to do fine on all the others. How can I improve my basketball throw? Should I just practice throwing or are there other exercises?
     
  2. navy2016

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    Technique is probably more important and brute strength. Try searching around for a really helpful previous thread.
    I guess you should try various techniques and see what works best for you.
     
  3. USAFAHopefulMom

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    rayquad, if you google CFA basketball throw, you will find all sorts of info on technique. You can really add on the distance by using the correct technique--keeping knees at a 45 degree angle, twisting your torso to generate more throwing power. Its not just a simple throw using your arm. My son added about 15-20 feet once he found the proper technique.
     
  4. JMC0759

    JMC0759 S-USMMA '12 D-USAFA '15

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    This was some advice from my daughter's coach. Instead of throwing directly overhand try to throw sidearm, like a baseball with lots of body twist. It helped her!
     
  5. Mikeandcris

    Mikeandcris Parents of 2014 Grad and F-15 Pilot

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    Technique and strength

    The notes above are right that technique is a big part; however, simple strength always helps. I recommend doing some long toss with a baseball or softball. Get a friend, sibling, or parent and a couple times per week work on throwing from farther and farther distances. Increase gradually because throwing a lot can quickly lead to an injury. However, after 6-8 weeks of diligent throwing, you'll build up arm and shoulder strength. This is a technique used by many baseball pitchers to build up their arms.
     
  6. RyWalk

    RyWalk Candidate-2015

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    I found it helpful to just keep it natural. Don't think about it too much. I started with standing, I'd just stand and without trying to control my body a specific way throw the ball as far as I could with one arm. I payed attention to how my torso twisted, where my arm went, and how my feet wanted to move. I was able to sort of translate that into kneeling and found what worked for me. The only adjustment was extending my throwing arm at 45 degrees, which became a natural movement with practice anyway.

    Oh yeah, :unhappy:SCREAM:unhappy: too. I was in a very animalistic/primal-instinct/warrior state of mind for the throw, and I did get higher numbers on average when I added a scream to the throw. Even if it only adds a few extra inches, you round to the nearest foot for the score.
     
  7. Gancos

    Gancos USAFA Candidate (2015)

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    https://admissions.usafa.edu/secure/Online/WebPCQ2015.pdf

    Page 12, 2nd bullet point:

    'In an overhead throwing motion, ...' (12)

    I don't think that gives leeway for an arguably partially overhead throw...

    maybe I'm just being too strict :smile:
     
  8. xeonv2

    xeonv2 USAFA '15

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    Honestly, I too struggled on the basketball throw. Perhaps its because i'm on the smaller side (5'3), but I maxed out on the other events and it turned out fine. So try and improve if you can, but don't let it get to you :thumb:

    Good luck on the CFA!
     
  9. CruKniFal

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    Consider seeking out a soccer goalie coach to give you a couple hours of training. Very similar throwing motion IMO.
     
  10. fly boy

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    Practice, practice, practice...
     
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