This guide includes hundreds of drills, diagrams, action photographs, and humorous sports quotes. It comprehensively covers the fundamentals of the game while providing insights into coaching and playing. It gives you detailed instructions covering: The fundamentals: how to grip and hold a basketball, passing, catching, dribbling, faking, jumping, running, footwork, rebounding, and shooting; How to play the post; Offensive strategies; Man-to-man and zone defenses; Full, three-quarters and half-court presses; Out-of-bounds plays; Over 200 drills; Sample practice plans; Coaching strategies; Tips on communicating with players and parents; Excerpts from official basketball rules, and more. The guide provides tips on how to develop a plan for the season, suggestions on how to communicate with players and parents, offensive fundamentals like shooting and the fast break, special situations, such as the press and out-of-bounds plays, tips on developing strategies and effective practice plans, and appendices that include the all-important rules of the game, basketball definitions, and references to other basketball books and web sites.
This unique book includes funny and interesting quotes from sports legends and others that serve as reminders to enjoy the game. As an additional teaching tool, state-of-the-art illustrative diagrams are included to assist coaches and players alike.
Mike has coached hundreds of girls' basketball games. His teams have consistently won league championships, tournaments and finished in the final four in the AAU Potomac Valley Region (Division II). He is currently coaching AAU and high school girls' basketball teams in Maryland. At Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, Florida, he was named Most Valuable Player for the 1973-1974 season, was named to the All-City Basketball Team as a point guard, and was awarded the 1974 John Burke Award for being the top student-athlete in the school. He was All-State in the mile and two-mile runs in Florida. He is a graduate of Florida State University. He has been married to his wife, Sue, for over 20 years. They have two wonderful daughters, Melissa and Michele.