Basketball Skills & Drills (Third Edition)

Edited by: Coach Jerry Krause, Don Meyer, Jerry Meyer

From the back cover:

"Proper and quick execution of fundamental skills is necessary for every basketball player.  The Basketball Skills & Drills package will help you develop these skills and add substance to your game."
John Wooden, Former Head Basketball Coach of 10-time NCAA Champion, UCLA

Great basketball players like Tim Duncan and Dwayne Wade draw oohs and aahs with their spectacular moves.  But before these players developed their superstar flair, they built a solid base of fundamental skills in all phases of the game.

Basketball Skills & Drills provides a perfect blueprint for building the foundation every well-rounded player needs.  Each key individual skill is taught and illustrated, including

player positioning perimeter moves
moving without the ball post moves
ballhandling combined defense and rebounding
shooting passing, catching and dribbling

The skills and 90 drills, coaching tips and DVD reinforce the skill instruction, emphasize key points and explain how to correct common errors.  And since individual skills are effective only when used within the team concept, the book also covers key team principles for both ends of the court.  Tactics for offense, including special situations such as out-of-bounds plays, will improve spacing, ball and player movement, shot selection, and scoring.  Defensive tactics emphasize positioning, pressure and various systems to apply in each area or level of the court.

To be an all-star, you must be fundamentally sound.  Basketball Skills & Drills is your guide to becoming a complete player - one who can change the game with great moves and smart play.

Publisher: Human Kinetics April 1999 (Second Edition)
264 Pages
Soft Cover  8 1/2" x 11"
ISBN: 0-7360-6707-2

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Basic Body Control
Chapter 2 Advanced Body Control
Chapter 3 Ballhandling
Chapter 4 Shooting
Chapter 5 Outside Offensive Moves: Playing the Perimeter
Chapter 6 Inside Offensive Moves: Playing the Post
Chapter 7 Individual Defense
Chapter 8 Rebounding
Chapter 9 Team Offense
Chapter 10 Team Defense

Words of Praise

"Basketball Skills & Drills is one of the definitive books on the game. It's been an amazing resource for coaches at all levels."

Brenda Frese
University of Maryland
Head Women's Basketball Coach
2006 National Champions

“Jerry Krause, Don Meyer, and Jerry Meyer bring three generations of basketball playing and coaching expertise to bear on the fundamental skills of basketball. It is a landmark contribution for all coaches of men’s and women’s basketball. If you want to teach the basic skills, this book is a must.”

Pat Summitt
Head women’s basketball coach
University of Tennessee

"Basketball Skills & Drills has stood the test of time. With the inclusion of a DVD and timeless basics updated and changed for today’s game, this book will continue to be a classic required by all coaches and players."

Mark Few
Head Basketball Coach
Gonzaga University

"Proper and quick execution of fundamental skills is necessary for every basketball player. The Basketball Skills & Drills package will help you develop these skills and add substance to your game."

John Wooden
Former UCLA Head Basketball Coach
Hall of Fame Member as a Player and Coach


Basketball Skills & Drills Third Edition
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Editorial Reviews of the Second Edition.

The Basketball Highway
A Great Book Who's 2nd Edition is a Winner!
We review a lot of material here at the Basketball Highway.  For the most part the largest percentage of material is of decent quality and informative.  Every once in a while an exceptional piece of authorship comes across our desk that is actually exciting to write about.  This book is one of those.  There are literally thousands of young coaches who are searching, or maybe better yet the word is craving detailed information on how to properly teach the fundamentals of basketball.  This is no easy task moving from the simple basics to the more complex and is often the case basketball coaching authors fail to reach a useful balance between the two.  Here is an exception.  Jerry Krause (Head of research for the National Association of Basketball Coaches), Don Meyer (one of the most successful coaches in America) and his son Jerry Meyer have done a superb job of putting this artful work together. Click here for the complete review.
At this moment it is the best book on basketball fundamentals I have. Individual skills are very well described, with pictures, diagrams and example practices. As a coach I like the Critical Cue notes at the side of the page, these are very handy to refresh your teaching points before practice.
My rating 5/5

From Library Journal
In this instructor's guide, Krause, a 30-year coaching veteran, offers comprehensive assistance for developing a daily and seasonal basketball practice plan. Skill areas such as shooting, rebounding, fundamental movements, defensive and offensive play, ball handling, and team concepts are organized into a workable format. Tips for coaches on overcoming specific problem areas are included, as well as suggestions for basic practice drills. However, the book's real strength is in its emphasis on teaching basketball fundamentals correctly. Basketball Skills is an outstanding resource, potentially valuable to novice as well as experienced basketball coaches. It is highly recommended for serious sports collections.
- Kenneth Tillman, Trenton State Coll., N.J.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Coaches' Quarterly/Winter 2002
This publication provides a perfect blueprint for building the foundation every well-rounded player needs.  Click here for the complete review.

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