CFA Basketball Throw

jm1223

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Hello, over the past few months I have been practicing to take the CFA. For the basketball throw, I started by throwing the basketball around 30 ft by throwing overhand. I then looked on youtube for tips because my score was so far behind. I found a couple of videos that stressed using the sidearm technique. I have been practicing using that for the past few months and now my BBthrow is around 44 (above the average :)). I was talking with a friend a few days ago and she said that I may not be able to do sidearm because the directions specify that it must be overhead. Is this correct? or can I do sidearm?
 

Capt MJ

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Hello, over the past few months I have been practicing to take the CFA. For the basketball throw, I started by throwing the basketball around 30 ft by throwing overhand. I then looked on youtube for tips because my score was so far behind. I found a couple of videos that stressed using the sidearm technique. I have been practicing using that for the past few months and now my BBthrow is around 44 (above the average :)). I was talking with a friend a few days ago and she said that I may not be able to do sidearm because the directions specify that it must be overhead. Is this correct? or can I do sidearm?
Research the primary source yourself, far more authentic than an anonymous Internet forum. The CFA is described in detail on all SA sites that use it.

I just checked USNA. See link.

And - the USNA Live Chat link is up and running right now at 1024 East Coast time. If I had been you, I could jump right into the chat and ask, get an official answer.


Good progress on your throw!
 
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MacEisenTon

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I had the same question and asked my FFR. He confirmed that it was an acceptable technique to use. I also searched up SLE videos that showed people doing the basketball throw. Most of them used the grenade technique as well.
 
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Big fan of the grenade technique! My DS was resistant to it and was throwing about 72 feet overhand. He decided to give it a try when he saw his dad (me) hurl it 74 feet as an old(ash) man using the grenade technique because I have smaller hands and don't want to mess up my rugby and mountain biking damaged shoulders. He matched his 72 feet with the grenade technique but I think if he tried it exclusively for 2 more weeks he would have gone much further. I think that's a really smart approach unless you have very big hands.

I saw other kids (boys and girls) use the grenade technique at his CFA and no one had an issue with it.
 

FtWorth dd Dad

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What written and what's allowed don't always match up. My DD tried the sidearm/grenade/trebuchet technique at Summer Seminar and was told "no go". She had to switch to the traditional throw right there on the spot without any practice.
 

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Regardless of technique you use (e.g. grenade, baseball, howitzer, water balloon, etc.), remember that your core holds the key. (Yet another reason to do planks and sit-ups.) Twisting your trunk to initiate and then power the arm is absolutely critical. If you’re not twisting your trunk as you throw, you’re leaving points on the table.
 
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