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The Confident Coach's Guide to Teaching Basketball Paperback – Apr 2004

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The complete guide for all youth basketball coaches. You've arranged for gym time, called your players, and rolled out the balls. Now the moment of truth has arrived, and it's more daunting than you'd ever imagined. How do you keep the attention of a group of hyper kinetic youngsters and teach them meaningful ways to improve their basketball skills? Writer Beverly Carroll has teamed with husband John Carroll, the assistant coach of the Boston Celtics, to provide youth basketball coaches the tools they need to run a successful practice and to teach their players skills that will continue to grow. Built around Coach Carroll's philosophy that children need a strong base of correctly taught fundamentals to evolve into competent players, taking the coach through a step-by-step process of how to design a practice that is fun and produces results. And offers advice on how to best work with different age groups, plan an efficient and enjoyable practice, basketball basics, drills and games for teaching ball handling and dribbling, passing, shooting, defensive and offensive movement. and agility and speed.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding! 9 Dec 2003
By Erin L. Mccormack - Published on Amazon.com
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As a coaching guide, this one's above the rest. A great book to read at home and take to the gym: compact, clearly laid out, readable, nice photos of girls and boys at practice. Addresses the needs and mindset of KIDS right up-front, from appropriate size equipment, to length of practice (i.e., attention span), recognizing the importance of transitions between drills, and inventing a quiet sign to save your voice. Fun is not forgotten, either. In fact, it's a priority, along with mastering the basics. A very effective collaboration between the two authors: coach and writer, husband and wife, parents of a basketball player. It's clear they are as passionate about the development of young players as the physics of ball handling. And, not least, here are ways to turn the coaching experience into something effective and satisfying for those who dare to take it on!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Easy Drills & Plans that Work - Fun Read 3 Feb 2004
By William D. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When our regular youth league basketball coach quit because of illness the coaching job was passed to me. I'm a big basketball player/fan with limited coaching experience, so you can imagine my relief when I discovered Celtics Coach John Carroll's new book. Coach Carroll's book is fun to read and it's illustrated with lots of pictures and straightforward diagrams. We've been practicing with Coach Carroll's easy to practice drills and our team has dramatically improved on the fundamental basics like passing, shooting and rebounding. There are some really great drills that help the kids understand and play superior offense and defense. I like the book because it makes basketball practice fun for the players and easy for me.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great 24 Dec 2003
By Cliff Antonell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was looking for a gift for our son's basketball coach and I bought this, not expecting much. They cover everything from specific drills to mental confidence. I was impressed with the amount of information and it's readability. It is a "can't go wrong" purchase. I recommend it highly.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great for coaches and players 12 Jan 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As the father of a varsity player, I was able to use many of the drills and techniques to help my son improve his game. As Coach Carroll says, "Perfect practice makes perfect."
At the high school level, players need continuous practice--not just when their coach has it. Not only will this book help those who are coaching the game, but it will help improve every basketball player who wants to move his game to the next level.
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As a quad A varsity player, this book offers a way to step up your game. At the varsity level, players must have solid fundamental skills. At this level, you can't fake it. And at this level, you must be able to perform your skills with confidence. THE CONFIDENT COACH'S GUIDE TO TEACHING BASKETBALL recommends drills to help you perfect the skills you need to play at the top level. Varsity Starting Point Guard
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