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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
Coaching Basketball Technical and Tactical Skills, an American Sport Education Program (ASEP) publication, was written by Kathy McGee in consultation with Don Showalter.
McGee has coached girls’ varsity basketball for 30 years, during which time she has amassed an impressive 583-146 record. She is currently the winningest high school coach in the state of Michigan. McGee is a member of the Michigan Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame and was named National Coach of the Year by both the WBCA and NFHS.
Showalter is the head boys’ basketball coach and activities director at Mid-Prairie High School in Wellman, Iowa. He has coached USA Basketball junior and youth development teams and coached the West squad in the 1999 McDonald’s All-American game. He currently serves as USA Basketball’s Junior Development Committee Chairperson.
ASEP has been developing and delivering coaching education courses and resources since 1981. As the nation’s leading sport education provider, ASEP works with national, state, and local sport organizations to develop educational programs for coaches, officials, administrators, and parents. These programs incorporate ASEP’s philosophy of “athletes first, winning second.”
"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