:: A Hoops U. Basketball Review ::
By: Michael D. Mullaney
Available from: Hoops U. Basketball Store
As a basketball coach who likes to read a lot of books, coaching materials, and so forth, I have read many so-called ‘guides to basketball’. Some are decent, but most of them are so basic and watered-down that you could learn more watching an 8-year old in her driveway. The Complete Guide To Girls’ Basketball is not one of those books.
The Complete Guide To Girls’ Basketball is far and away the most complete book I have read on the basics, fundamentals, and strategies of basketball. This is a great book for coaches at all levels; girl’s or boy’s. Coach Mullaney didn’t just slap some notes between a book cover; he obviously put forth a lot of time and effort writing this book. It is extremely well organized, easy to read, and simple to understand.
The main thing I like about this book, in comparison to many of the other ‘guides’, is that it goes well beyond the basic cookie-cutter information. The basics are discussed, but Coach Mullaney goes further and describes more in-depth and pertinent topics, ideas, and drills. That is why this book is not only great for the first-time coach, but also for even the most experienced of coaches at all levels of play.
I also really enjoy Part One of the book, where Coach Mullaney guides you through developing your own plan, philosophy and communication skills. This is an area I would have found invaluable when I first began coaching. The Complete Guide To Girls’ Basketball also details offense, defense, and special situations by breaking down all the skills involved and teaching how to perform them effectively. The drills section is also very well put together with over 200 exceptional drills – with easy to follow diagrams. All facets of the game are touched on so you can use these drills to help prepare yourself or your team.
The title says, ‘The Complete Guide to Girls’ Basketball‘, which it most certainly is! If you coach girls basketball, this book is must-have addition to your library. If you coach boys basketball, I also recommend this book…there are so many great ideas in here it is worth checking out! If you want to improve your coaching knowledge and coaching skills, The Complete Guide to Girls’ Basketball deserves a look!