Numerous coaching books cover the skills and drills of basketball, but very few hit on the tactical skills of the game—the situational decisions players and coaches make that often determine the outcome of games. That's where Coaching Basketball Technical and Tactical Skills, an American Sport Education Program (ASEP) publication, stands out.
Written by Kathy McGee, the winningest high school girls' basketball coach in Michigan, in consultation with USA Basketball's Don Showalter, this book will prepare you to be a better teacher and tactician of the game whether you coach men's or women's basketball.
Technical skills (such as dribbling, shooting, and rebounding) are examined in depth, as are the tactical skills (such as the give-and-go, backdoor cut, and trapping). More than 195 photos and illustrations bring the basic to intermediate skills to life, while sample season and practice plans will help you in your preparation. You'll find quick tips on how to detect and correct errors in both male and female athletes, cues they need to be aware of in various tactical situations, and key information they need in order to make the appropriate on-court decisions.
Produced by ASEP and endorsed by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), this book serves as a resource for the Coaching Basketball Technical and Tactical Skills online course, a part of ASEP's Bronze Level Professional Coaches Education Program. Numerous state high school associations, colleges and universities, national sport organizations, and national governing bodies of Olympic sports use the Bronze Level in whole or in part to qualify coaches. The Bronze Level prepares coaches for all aspects of coaching and is a recognized and respected credential for all who earn it.
Part I Teaching and Evaluating
Chapter 1. Teaching Sport Skills
Chapter 2. Evaluating Technical and Tactical Skills
Part II Teaching Technical Skills
Chapter 3. Offensive Technical Skills
Chapter 4. Defensive Technical Skills
Part III Teaching Tactical Skills
Chapter 5. Offensive Tactical Skills
Chapter 6. Defensive Tactical Skills
Part IV Planning for Teaching
Chapter 7. Season Plans
Chapter 8. Practice Plans
Part V Game Coaching
Chapter 9. Preparing for Games
Chapter 10. During and After the Game
"Here's a book that I enthusiastically recommend to any basketball coach who is serious about the craft. ASEP and coaches McGee and Showalter have done a superb job in presenting the fundamental techniques and tactics of basketball in a format that's easy to understand and implement. It's a must in any coach's library."
Greg McDermott, men's head basketball coach,
Iowa State University