I can do well on all the rest of the CFA (in fact, at this point I think I can even max out on pushups), but I'm afraid the basketball throw will keep me out. At the SLS, I beat the average on pushups, situps, the run, got the average on the pullups, and was only .1 second behind the shuttle run. But i got 47 ft on the basketball throw, so I failed the whole thing. It's not like I'm really out of shape or anything, I can do the other stuff... I just can't do a good job of throwing a stupid basketball and right now that's the biggest threat that could keep me out of West Point. Is there any kind of advice for thowing it? Some kind of trick? I've been practicing in my backyard but not really improving, only getting in the 45ish range. I talked to another candidate who passed the CFA and he said he got a passing 55, which you think would be a simple enough improvement but I just can't throw the stupid basketball like I need to. Any help?