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  1. BMB

    BMB New Member

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    Hello all,

    I am a congressionally nominated USMA 2019 hopeful from CA (female)! I am also a recipient of a 4-year AROTC scholarship (which I accepted in order to meet the 12/5 deadline). My academics, extracurriculars, and leadership potential are very strong.

    All the parts of my application are completed, reviewed, turned in, etc. except for my CFA. I took it at the SLE in June and passed all events with flying colors except one: the basketball throw. I have watched every video, read every blog entry, and worked out with a trainer 4-5x per week for the last 2+ months. Unfortunately, I do not seem to be improving much.

    My CFA is scheduled for December 10 (Wednesday) and I am looking for any last minute words of encouragement or advice or tips.

    For all who are curious: Yes, I practice the basketball throw 3 times per week as well as train my legs, core, and arms. I am extremely athletic (xc and track) but am struggling with this awkward event.

    Thanks!
     
  2. civic29

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    Read the post at the top about it . I went from 55 to 90 ft by increasing my technique, I didn't even throw it harder .What I do is I rest the ball on my wrist and grip with my hand so I can hold be ball without dropping it by pinching it between my hand and forearm. I then make sure I lean back making my back arch back and hand with the ball in it touch the ground. I tighten all my muscles and then launch it like a catapult and aim for a 35 degree angle, many say a 45 is the best but they aren't accounting for the body throwing the most naturally at 35 and the fact that the air density pushes the ball up. When you launch up flex the core, kick off with your toes, and lean to your left (if throwing with right) slightly to straighten the throw.

    Remember every factor comes into play, throw smarter not harder!

    Also when you throw the instructor will move the measuring tape to where the ball landed so it may increase your footage drastically if you are innacurate.


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  3. derfllon69

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    Forget that you are holding a basket ball. You are holding a live grenade with pin pulled and there are 10 bad guys coming your way!! Throw the damned thing like your life depended on it and scream out a gut curdling yell.

    Good luck and let us know how it all works out. You can do it!!
     
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    PM

    See PM. Good Luck!
     
  5. AZ2018

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    CIVIC29 is right on. If you throw it like a baseball (no arc), it will not go very far. Put a little air under it (like a football) and it will go further.
     
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