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Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Basketball

Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Basketball [Kindle Edition]

Greg Kot , Keith Miniscalco

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You volunteered to coach the basketball team, but are you really ready? How will you teach the fundamental skills, run effective practices, and harness the energy of your young team? Fear not: Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Basketball has the answers.

In Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Basketball, longtime coaches Keith Miniscalco and Greg Kot share their experience and provide advice you can rely on from first practice to final shot. From evaluating players’ skills and establishing realistic goals to in-game coaching tips, it’s all here—the drills, the plays, the fun.

Develop your team’s dribbling, passing, shooting, and rebounding skills with the Survival Guide’s collection of the game’s best youth drills. For plays and sets that young teams can actually run, flip to the Survival Guide’s offensive and defensive playbook. And to get the most out of every practice, follow the ready-to-use practice plans.

Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Basketball has everything you need for a rewarding and productive season.

About the Author

With 19 years of youth basketball coaching experience and 8 years of coaching high school, Coach Keith Miniscalco knows how to develop youth players to excel at all levels. He has coached both boys and girls in several acclaimed Chicago park district and youth school leagues, including Our Lady of Lourdes and Queen of All Saints grade schools, Loyola Academy High School, and his own highly respected Over the Edge youth basketball travel program. He cofounded and currently runs Over the Edge in Chicago. The program's goal is to prepare youth-level players for high school competition. It has seen great success and has proven to be extremely effective for young athletes who wish to continue with competitive basketball. In 2008 Coach Miniscalco was named the boy s varsity coach at Northside College Preparatory in Chicago. He lives in Chicago. A full-time music critic for the Chicago Tribune, Greg Kot fills much of his spare time coaching with Miniscalco in their Over the Edge program for youth basketball players. An accomplished writer, Kot has been the Chicago Tribune's pop critic since 1990. He is a regular contributor to numerous national publications, including Rolling Stone, and cohosts the nationally syndicated radio show Sound Opinions on public radio. He authored the acclaimed rock biography Wilco: Learning How to Die in 2004 for Broadway Books, and his next book, Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music, will be published by Scribner in 2009.

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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001FA0Q3A
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Survival Guide Review 29 Aug 2008
By Mark R. Muench - Published on
As a parent who has a couple of kids playing youth and high school basketball, I have found the Survival Guide for Youth Basketball both a quick and informative read on the fundamentals for coaching kids. It is a great source of information and philosophy that coaches and prospective coaches can/should use to help with the coaching of young players.

One of the best qualities of this book is its ability to explain the rational of the various drills and suggested practice routines. Coaches can use these to help explain to young players (and their parents) the necessity of learning the fundamentals before going on to the more advanced aspects of the game. This is especially useful as most young players want to focus on their scoring and shooting, at the expense of good ball handling and defensive skills.

The book has numerous drills, practice routines, and schedules that can be easily understood and incorporated by both novice and experienced youth basketball coaches. The diagrams also really help illustrate the points that the authors are trying to make.

Some of the other neat aspects about the book include:

* The "Coach's Clipboard", which summarizes and helps to reinforce the key points of each chapter in the book

* The "Drill Finder" matrix, which allows the coach to easily find the specific drill(s) needed to help develop specific basketball skills

* Offensive and defensive plays and sets that can be used and understood by beginning players

The single best attribute of this book is that it provides a proven roadmap to all those parents who are getting ready to jump into a coaching role. It is a quick an informative read, and will be used by coaches as their primary reference guide for instructing young kids.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, easy to understand and effective. 24 Oct 2008
By Brian E. Coll - Published on
I highly recommend The Survival Guide to Coaching Youth Basketball to new and experienced youth (grade 3-8) basketball coaches trying to get ready for the upcoming season. As a youth basketball coach for the past six years I always find the two weeks before the season to be the most stressful time of the year.

As most of us juggle work, family and coaching we can feel overwhelmed and unorganized for the upcoming season. The Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Basketball is the first book I have read that gets right to the point - how do I get my young kids ready for the basketball season quickly and effectively?

If you are a new coach with little personal playing experience or a veteran coach looking for a way to recapture that teaching 'magic' this book is worth reading. Greg Kot and Keith Miniscalco have written their book in an easy to understand and well organized manner. They do not get overly technical nor do they insult your basketball intelligence.

Buy the book, take a few hours on a Sunday (after football of course) with notepad and pen and you will be better prepared for the season.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for parents and coaches! 6 Feb 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on
We have two boys that are playing basketball (grades 7 and 3)and this book really helped us understand the basic skills. Both offensive and defensive skills are shown clearly. If you are a parent thinking about coaching youth basketball this is the book for you! If you are just a parent that wants to understand grade school basketball this is the book for you too! After getting this book we now know what is happening on the court when our boys play, and it makes the game so much more enjoyable. The coaches like that we understand the game better and are not "coaching" from the bleachers too! Buy this book if you are at all interested in youth will not be sorry that you did.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Many Drills Listed, good reference 20 Dec 2011
By G. Pochet - Published on
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I wanted a book to help me remember some drills from my playing days. I've never coached BB, so I needed a reference boo. This book does those things! This book is very well organized. There is a very good table in the front of the book that lists all of the drills that are in the book. It states what each drill focuses on(Passing, Shooting etc..), difficulty level of the drill(3 of them) and of course the page. This makes it very easy to find drills for a specific skill set.
If you have never coached kids before, this book also gives some advice on what to expect when coaching younger kids that are NOT related to sports(like bathroom breaks, keeping kids focused etc..) I have coached younger kids in other sports, so I skiped this section.
The graphs and diagrams of the drills are very easy to understand. They do a step by step approach and even give you some suggestions on how to increase the difficulty level of the drill.
I am glad I bought it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff 9 Jan 2013
By Robert D. James - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I coached really young kids early on, but when I was tapped to coach 13 year olds, I wanted to get some kind of structure and understanding of the basic fundamentals and basic team strategy. This book may not work for a highly competitive team, but then those coaches probably aren't looking for a book like this. For me, it was excellent, and I feel like the boys really learned a lot.
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