:: A Hoops U. Basketball Review ::
By: Sylvia Hatchell with Jeff Thomas
Available from: Amazon.com
The Complete Guide To Coaching Girls’ Basketball: Building a Great Team the Carolina Way is a phenomenal book from University of North Carolina Head Women’s Coach, Sylvia Hatchell, along with girl’s basketball coach, Jeff Thomas.
If you coach girl’s basketball — at any level — this book will help you immensely. Coach Hatchell goes beyond discussing the simple fundamentals of coaching and X’s and O’s; she delves deeper into the mentality of a coach and the various nuances that can occur (though the fundamentals are important and they are covered in great detail).
The Complete Guide To Coaching Girls’ Basketball: Building a Great Team the Carolina Way is loaded with discussions and drills regarding fundamentals, offense and defense. The basics are here if you are just starting out as a coach or if you coach younger girls. If you coach high school age girls and are more experienced, there is also a wealth of information. There are numerous drills, plays, and sets that will benefit the most experienced of coaches and teams. Coach Hatchell also talks at length about team and game management; a couple of areas that are often overlooked and sometimes difficult to learn. She does a masterful job discussing these areas and giving helpful ideas and tips.
The one aspect of this book that really sets it apart are the ‘Ask the Coach’ boxes throughout. In these, Coach Hatchell gives her answer to questions such as “What’s a good drill to teach the behind-the-back dribble?” and “How do I get my kids to make good cuts in our press break?”. The ‘Ask the Coach’ boxes are loaded throughout the book and the answers are very insightful and interesting.
The Complete Guide To Coaching Girls’ Basketball: Building a Great Team the Carolina Way is a must-have addition to your coaching library. It is a well-written book that is very easy to understand and easy to follow. This is one of those coaching books you will want with you at all times — any information you may be searching for is right in the book.