The Coach's Notebook is proud to review
The Complete Guide to Girls' Basketball
by Mike Mullaney
There are many, many resources out there these days that will tell you all about coaching basketball. A simple google search will conjure up a plethora of books, CD, DVD, VHS and website material. It can be a bit overwhelming to a new coach, so I hope this review is successful in pointing you to a great place to start your coaching education or adding to what you are already teaching your players.
What makes Coach Mullaney's new book, "The Complete Guide to Girls' Basketball", stand out from the crowd? Well, there are three distinctive features that set this book apart from its peers.
First, this is a beautifully crafted book. Having been involved with publishing most of my life, I truly appreciate the artistry and care given to the organization and layout. Every page has been professionally prepared with relevant pictures, humorous quotes and detailed diagrams. The ease of use is about as good as a book can get. The pictures are sharp and full of action, the quotes will keep you chuckling and looking forward to the following page, and the diagrams clearly explain the drills.
Second, this is a basketball coaching resource devoted to girls. How often do you see that? I think Coach Mullaney found a very important niche in the coaching resource market. Consider how many coaches are really a daughter's devoted dad who is challenged not only with teaching basketball, but also with reaching out to a group of young ladies. Not many men have strong experience in that special arena, but Coach Mullaney does. The Complete Guide to Girls' Basketball offers a coaching philosophy, drills and strategies that have been proven effective by the success of his girls teams. He even includes a section on rules that differ for womens play.
Third, and perhaps the feature that will matter most to you, is that The Complete Guide to Girls' Basketball really is complete. From basic footwork techniques to basic practice plans to game strategies, its all there. In fact, don't get your nose up in the air if you coach boys. Every one of the 200+ drills, and all of the discussed fundamental skills will benefit your team, too. It is a thorough textbook for the novice coach and is destined to become the well-worn companion of the more experienced coach as well. The Coach's Notebook is proud to recommend Coach Mullaney's book to all basketball coaches.
To order The Complete Guide to Girls' Basketball, go to Mike Mullaney's website, http://www.girlsbasketballbook.com/. You can download an excerpt, see the table of contents, read about Coach Mullaney and even read other reviews if you want more information before buying the book.
The list price is $24.95, but it is available at amazon.com, Wal-Mart, and Atlas (and many more outlets if you care to search) and I have seen the price as low as $15.48 plus shipping. For bulk orders, email Atlas Books at firstname.lastname@example.org
Review written by Steve Jordan, Coach's Notebook