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21. Coaching Boys' Lacrosse: A Baffled
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21. Coaching Boys' Lacrosse: A Baffled Parent's Guide
by Gregory P. Murrell, Jim Garland
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Asin: 0071385126
Catlog: Book (2002-02-27)
Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
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A novice's guide to coaching one of the nation's fastestgrowing youth sports

Unlike other lacrosse titles, this latest addition to the acclaimed Baffled Parent's Guide series arms newcomers with a total road map for mastering all aspects of coaching a 6- to 12-year-old boy's lacrosse team. From skill fundamentals to managing a game, it covers all the bases in a clear, step-by-step format. At the heart of Coaching Boys' Lacrosse is a set of original drills designed to keep kids engaged and motivated while teaching them the subtleties of the game. This book has been endorsed by University of Maryland's renowned lacrosse coach, Dave Cottle, whose teams have been ranked in the top 10 nationally for 11 consecutive years.

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22. Winning Lacrosse for Girls (Winning Sports for Girls)
by Becky Swissler, Anna Marie Vesco, Beverly Schaefer
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23. Softball Skills & Drills
by Judi Garman
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Asin: 0736033645
Catlog: Book (2001-02-01)
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Sales Rank: 61798
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Looking for the ultimate softball “how-to” book to help you learn and master the essential skills? Softball Skills & Drills covers all the essential fundamentals to build strong individual players and winning teams. Written by one of the winningest coaches in NCAA history, Softball Skills & Drills shows you how to perform and improve hitting, bunting, slap hitting, baserunning, fielding, throwing, pitching, and catching skills.

Author Judi Garman has more than 30 years of experience, more than 1,100 victories, and a spot in the National Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. She has proven that she has what it takes to win consistently. Now, Garman shares her formula for developing the fundamentals and winning through the 170 detailed drills in Softball Skills & Drills.

Softball Skills & Drills gives you more than just Xs and Os. This practical handbook is loaded with tips to speed players’ skill development. And check the back of the book for information on ordering the companion video series to see the techniques and drills in action. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Book for Coaches or Players of any age.
I found the book to be very helpful with a great assortment of drills to choose from.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Fundamentals and Drill Book I've Seen
I agree with the previous post - this is a must-have book for softball coaches. Just the section on proper throwing technique was worth the cost of the book. Garman does an excellent job of putting into words all of the things I knew how to do by muscle memory but couldn't succinctly describe to my players. The accompanying drills make sense and reinforce the fundamentals I'm teaching. I'd recommend this book for coaches of all levels and experience.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a "must have" book for the softball coach
I used to attend Judi Garman's softball clinics at Cal State Fullerton in the 1980's. I never went away sorry about the time spent there. Judi is a veritable fountain of knowledge about the game. Softball Skills and Drills draws from Judi's life-time of coaching experience. You'll not only find skills and drills in this book. You'll find strategy, both for offense and defense. Check out the chapters on slap-hitting and bunting. If my house was on fire, and there were only two books on fastpitch softball I could rescue, it would be Softball Skills and Drills by Garman and Fastpitch Softball: the Windmill Pitcher by Barry Sammons. If you're into fastpitch, you gotta have this book. ... Read more

24. Lacrosse Technique and Tradition
by Bob Scott
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Catlog: Book (1978-03-01)
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars The textbook for Lacrosse play
This book is a must for any lacrosse player. It covers all aspects of the game from its history, to its play.

As a player one learns all of the fundamentals of the sport. Equipment, rules, plays, defensive and offensive strategies and techniques are all covered.

As a coach one gets a good foundation from which to build. It includes drills and practices to follow.

Table of Contents-

Section I: The Game and Its History

1. the game of lacrosse. 2. a brief history. 3. the rules. 4. what makes a player.

Section II: Techniques and Tactics

5. fundamentals. 6. individual offence. 7. team offence. 8. extra-man offense. 9. individual defense. 10. team defense. 11. man-down defense. 12. goal tending. 13. clearing. 14. riding. 15. fast breaks. 16. faceoffs. 17. drills.

Section III: Lacrosse at Johns Hopkins

18. the eighty-seven-year record 19. my twenty Hopkins teams.

I hope that this was of help

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Coaching and Playing Manual
This book is best for all players, beginning through advanced. The book focuses on both individual and team play. Great for coaches and players. The best Lacrosse manual I have ever read. ... Read more

25. Complete Conditioning for Volleyball (Complete Conditioning, 9)
by Allen E. Scates, Mike Linn, Vince Kowalick, Al Scates
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Asin: 0736001360
Catlog: Book (2002-10-01)
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Sales Rank: 15255
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Get in top volleyball shape by using the same training approach used by the powerhouse UCLA teams! Complete Conditioning for Volleyball—written by the Bruins’ legendary coach, Al Scates, and St. Louis University’s strength and conditioning coach, Mike Linn—will have you serving with more power and consistency, skying higher on every jump, and covering the court with increased quickness and agility.

Both a workout manual for players and a training guide for coaches, Complete Conditioning for Volleyball does more than tell you what you should do; it explains and shows you how to do it. Drills and exercises are presented in diagrams and photos and described in detail.In-season and off-season programs include a wide range of on-and off-court activities that prepare players to perform to their potential.

For the past four decades, Coach Scates has set the standard for success in collegiate volleyball, netting 18 NCAA Division I championships. In Complete Conditioning for Volleyball, he gives you the perfect set—now it’s up to you to score with it! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A good book for the off season
This book gives great sample strength and conditioning workouts. If your school doesn't have a off season schedule for volleyball then this book is for you. The workouts are broken down from beginners to more skilled players. It prepares the high school player for what college players do in the off season. It is geared strictly for volleyball.

4-0 out of 5 stars It fills a great need in the volleyball literature
Al Scates is a legend in the volleyball world. Anything with his name on it should grab any volleyball fanatic's attention, as the success of his previous book will attest. But the key component about this book is the contributions make by Mike Linn, the strength and conditioning coach at Saint Louis University.

The book itself follows the usual structure. There are chapters on volleyball drills and conditioning exercises and what not. The key here is the Mike lays out the kind of exercise regimen that will help you with your volleyball game. The pictures are good illustration of the drills but most importantly, the material covered complement each other very nicely. There is now a bonfide volleyball conditioning book that focuses on the volleyball athlete, rather than try to cover all sports and doing a poor job of it.

I know of Mike's work through some of the Saint Louis University athletes that have come under his guidance. the man knows his stuff and have doe great things to improve the team strength and conditioning of all the Saint Louis University athletic teams. ... Read more

26. Corner Of A Foreign Field: The Indian History Of A British Sport
by Ramachandra Guha
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Asin: 0330491172
Catlog: Book (2002-12-31)
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars One of the best books on Indian cricket
The title is deservingly flattering but then there are only a handful of Indian books on Indian cricket (Guha's own "Wickets in the East" is the 5 star rare-to-find masterpiece.) The book begins with a meticulous and stirring history & commentary on early Indian cricket. The focus gradually shifts onto the Quadrangular-Pentangular 'communal cricket' in Bombay from 1900s to the 1940s until MK Gandhi wisely raised his walking stick and put a stop to it. The high point of this book is Guha's reliving the cricketing struggles and exploits of the chamar (a still oppressed Indian caste) Palwankar brothers. After this Dr. Guha moves onto more contemporary stories in Indian cricket. This falls flat because in my opinion, it is too early to talk about the social ramifications of Indian cricket. (FYI, the Indian cricket is usually comforabally upper caste/class, despite the barriers broken by the Palwankar brothers many years ago.) But the story of early Indian cricket, the Palwankar brothers, and the description of early Indo-Pak cricket are more than enough to make this book a worthy read. Guha's writing talent lies in being able to provide a passionate commentary to this history while making sure one does not intrude on the other.

4-0 out of 5 stars Indian cricket pre-Test History
Why did the Indian sub-continent take to cricket so completely? And why can't India have a proper sporting relationship with Pakistan? Why are the fans so passionate, and why is Sachin Tendulkar revered as a God?

No Australian can really answer these questions, so I was glad to see Ramachandra Guha's "A Corner of a Foreign Field" which is an attempt to answer some of these questions.

For such a cricket mad nation, India has been surprisingly lax about chronicalling it's cricket history, but Guha has done what digging he can.

The cover of my copy is swathed in praise; the Literary Review calls it "wonderful". From a literary point of view, I cannot own that it is that good; the prose occasionally plays out a few maiden overs and it struggles to maintain a proper length.

From a historical point of view, though, it is excellent, and explains a great deal not just about how the game started in the subcontinent, but also it explains the attitudes of the people to the game. And, it might be said, about other things. The communal hatreds of India and Pakistan make a lot more sense when you understand the Pentagular tournament that was the focus of Indian cricket until India became a serious Test nation.

As an Australian, I got a mild sense of embarrassment reading this tome. It is clear that India's board and cricketing society have faithfully copied everything crass, commercial and nationalistic in the Australian game, and applied it to the subcontinent. Australians, cynical as we are, have managed to cope with this; Indians have not, and the result is displays like the 1996 World Cup semi-final.

This book is not exactly the Indian version of 'Beyond a boundary' but it is well worth a read, especially for the "Anglo" reader. ... Read more

27. Rugby Skills, Tactics & Rules
by Tony Williams, Gordon Hunter
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Asin: 1552095460
Catlog: Book (2000-10-07)
Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd
Sales Rank: 12146
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Second only to soccer as an internationally loved field game, the hard-hitting sport of rugby is growing in popularity in North America. This spirited guide to the game is packed with superb, full color, action photographs of great players from around the world demonstrating fantastic rugby tackling, scrummaging, rucking, mauling, kicking, lineouts and running. The authors, experts with international experience as players and coaches, describe the many tactical and skill aspects of the game: Scrums;Passing;The Lineout;Kicking;Rucks;Backline Attack;Mauls;Blind-Side;Attack;Tackling;The Try;Backline Defence;Rules;and Running.

High-impact photographs and concise, no-nonsense text combine for an action-packed guide to the modern, skillful game that is top-class rugby. "Rugby Skills, Tactics & Rules" will excite, entertain and enthrall players at all levels and rugby fans young and old. A 32 page section details the rules, plus sidebars throughout relate great, historic moments from international rugby play. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to player skills and roles
This book is a good introduction to the roles of the players and the skills they have to learn. It would be suitable for someone new to playing rugby and wanting an overview, or a spectator wanting to learn more about what they are watching. There probably isn't enough detail in the descriptions for players wanting to improve their technique.

The book is loaded full of colour photographs of rugby players in action, mostly from New Zealand domestic matches and international matches. One thing I would have liked is more diagrams supporting the text (even in exchange for some of the photos). There are hardly diagrams at all.

The text is well-written and easy to understand.

3-0 out of 5 stars A nice start for novices
The book is very handy and actually has nice photographs, but it is targeted to a novice or a "fresh start" rugby enthusiast. Keeping this point in mind, it is a remarkable work, both in style and guise, because skills, tactics and rules are clearly explained.

The text is simple but quite serious, hence being rugby an "informal" sport, a better explanation should be devised for some particular events during the match. The lineout is a typical example: in fact the rule, which permit an aided 6-foot plus gentleman to hover in the air waiting for the oval, must have been thought up by a three-quarter who flew Harriers (the famous vertical landing fighter airplane!). This strange engagement is characterized by a devastatingly human exertion, that is the pathological damage this may cause the unsuspecting jumper's groin when his shorts is pulled sharply upwards by two herculean "thrusters"! So far for the tactics!!

Another amusing rule too seriously explained is when the front rows collapse during a set scrum. The refree (the usual scapegoat for italian fans!!!) gives a penalty against the prop that goes down first. He may be the less potent of the two, the more tired or simply could quite easily have slipped, but no!, the sanction is quick,steadfast and irrevocable: he did on purpose, shame on him! Since the international refrees are not robust specimen of human race, with large diameter trunks and necks, they wrongfully suppose that above huge necks there is little capacity for gray matter. So the modern prop will use this misconception to his advantage when there is a scrum nearby the Opposition try line. Thus, by all means, usually illegal, he will check the opposite prop's thrust while collapsing, therefore automatically gaining a penalty kick from the best position ever. That's what we call a teamwork!!

That said, I will recommend this volume to anyone interested in this wonderful game, but getting in touch with its rules for the first time.

3-0 out of 5 stars For Beginners Only
I bought this book based on the reviews, and I am dissappointed.

I am an intermediate player with a strong desire to improve, and possibly get into coaching after I stopped playing. I assumed that given the book's length that there would be much more detailed discussion of strategy, tactics, drills, etc. However, the book is more suited for a "coffee table". Even the description of the laws of the game at the end of the book are not very detailed, and offer no context for understanding current controversies in the sport (e.g. what should happen after a tackle, when a ruck is formed, what is permissible during rucks & mauls).

The book is loaded with pictures and the type is very large. It does describe the all of the positions and the basic mode of the play, but falls very short of helping intermediate through experienced players develop their skills, tactics, and knowledge of the rules of the game.

Buy it for the pictures or if you are new to the sport.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to rugby
A little background on me: I started becoming interested in rugby when a friend from Australia talked about it. I had seen a few matches on Fox Sports World, and was interested in actually learning something about the sport.

So I acquired this book. I have stumbled (I might say accidentally, as it was the only rugby book my local library branch had on the shelf) on a fantastic book about learning the game of rugby.

I started out by picking and choosing through the book like I would with most books, but quickly became lost in a dense forest of strange terminology. Rucks, mauls, line-outs, scrums, knock-ons, etc. So I started over from the beginning, and found the book delightfully easy to read, and quite explanatory. I would recommend that anybody new to rugby do the same thing. It has a huge number of great pictures, (many of them of Jonah Lomu, All-Black and now Wellington Hurricane). The pictures explain what's going on quite well. In less than a month, I knew at least as much about the game of rugby than my Australian friend who has been watching it for years (as he himself admits). It allows you to quickly scale the wall of terminology and get on to the meat of the game.

Speaking of the meat of the game, it also has a good dose of strategy. NOTE: Somebody expressed their disappointment at my review misleading him. I apologize for that, but let me be clear: I was a complete rugby novice when I read this book, not knowing the difference between a scrum and a line-out. They provide strategy useful for the kind of complete tyro that I was; what was useful for me at the time would not be for a rugby player. Some examples: in describing knock-ons it suggests when you shouldn't even try to catch the ball, and what to do instead. It also, in describing the different types of passes, talks about which would be most useful and when, and describes the role of the scrum-half. And I finally, thanks to this book's clear descriptions, understand why they always kick penalty kicks from inside their own 22 directly into touch.

I only have a few minor gripes with the book. First, it is not at all clear on penalties. It has the standard list of laws in the back, which is good, but it does not explain the laws other than that. In almost every other area of the game, its clear and descriptive text really makes the rules themselves jump out at you. There is also not even a one-page pictures of official's hand signals, which would be useful to those of us who watch games and wonder "so what's he calling now?"

Second, although it has a plethora of pictures, it does not have a single picture of a ruck. Since the difference between rucks and mauls and the associated strategies is rather important, it would have been useful to see at least one picture of what one actually looks like. And given the otherwise clear and helpful use of pictures I am surprised to find this shortcoming. (My Australian friend is also somewhat confused about rucks and mauls so I have to think confusing the distinction is not unusual. I would like to know the difference, however.) Hopefully in future editions this will be cleared up.

Finally, it would be useful to give an overview of the different types and leagues of rugby played. For example, the book is completely about Rugby Union (although it does not use the term), but it would be useful to at least admit that Rugby League exists and basically distinguish it from Union. To anybody who really knows rugby, of course, there is no confusion (my Australian friend was somewhat baffled at my confusion - "Why, they're completely different games!") but I think to newcomers the distinction needs to be made clear. It also doesn't give a lot of description of different teams and groups ("what's a Wallaby?"). To somebody who wants an overall introduction to the game and has not been around rugby all his life, descriptions along these lines would be very useful.

Other than these small nits, this is a great book and I highly recommend it to anybody wanting to learn about the game.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stupendous
This is deffinately the best book you could purchase in the name of Rugby. It is deffinately worth it and then some. I have atleast 45 books on Rugby and this is deffinately the best book. ... Read more

28. 101 Offensive Softball Drills
by Sue Enquist, James A. Peterson
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Asin: 1585183474
Catlog: Book (2001-07-01)
Publisher: Coaches Choice Books
Sales Rank: 63373
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101 drills for developing offensive softball skills. Covers lower body hitting drills, upper body hitting drills, combination hitting drills, batting tee, soft toss, timing and rhythm, bunting, baserunning, sliding, mental drills and much more. ... Read more

29. Coaching Fastpitch Softball Successfully
by Kathy J. Veroni, Mindy Dessert, Kathy Veroni
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Asin: 0880115467
Catlog: Book (1998-03-01)
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Sales Rank: 75588
Average Customer Review: 4.91 out of 5 stars
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During her prolific 25-year coaching career, Coach Kathy Veroni has won more than 1,000 women’s premier and Division I collegiate games. She also has served as president of both the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and the United States Fastpitch Association.

In Coaching Fastpitch Softball Successfully, Veroni shows you how to build a winning softball program and field a great team every year. She explains how to develop a coaching philosophy, motivate and teach players, and plan for each season. You’ll also find proven offensive and defensive strategies, including 121 drills for developing players’ hitting, fielding, pitching, and baserunning.

Complete with sample practice and conditioning plans, scouting cards, evaluation forms, community sponsorship activities, and more than 220 illustrations, Coaching Fastpitch Softball Successfully is an all-in-one resource for softball coaches at all levels. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Handbook for High School Fastpitch Coaches
I have coached for over ten years now and have found this book to be the most comprehensive, theoretically sound, user friendly coaching handbook on the market. Veroni has organized the information most effectively using charts and diagrams in addition to her commentary. This is THE book to purchase for both the beginning or experienced high school coach.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Softball Book For Coaches of 12 & U and Up.
The book is a little more advanced than what I needed right now coaching 8 & U coach pitch softball, but it does a great job of showing you the direction your coaching should be going as the kids get older. That in turn has influenced how I teach these young girls. Many of the fine drills in this book are too advancd for my age group, but I was able to simplify them a little to make them easier for 7-8 year olds. If your coaching 6-10 year old kids and can only buy one book, this may not be the one. But it is a great book to have in your coaching library. The best I have seen, my kids just are not quite ready for it yet.

4-0 out of 5 stars For Youth Softball - Good Reference
This book is comprehensive and is aimed at the coach of a team consisting of younger or much younger players. Kathy Veroni sounds like a tough, fair, and thorough coach. Imagine driving a group of late-arriving players 10 miles out of town and telling then to jog back to practice. No wonder West Illinois U has a great softball team.
However, as a captain of a mens' fastpitch softball team, with players who play once a week, this book did not help me much. The drills were just too involved and required a much higher commitment and lower physical strength than I have from the guys on my team. It's like using a college-level calculus text when all you want to learn is high school algebra.
Having said that, the big plus of this book is the VERY EXTENSIVE list of both defensive and offensive drills. This section of the book makes the purchase price worthwhile.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for High School Coaching
This is a very well laid out book and easy to follow. I would highly recommend this book for coaching high school or college age girls. Might be a little deep for younger athetes but could be adapted. Many drills are included in this book, and I found the philosophies especially interesting. Brought out a lot of simple points I had never thought of before.

5-0 out of 5 stars Super Info-
Great Book! Gave mine to a friend and am ordering another. If you love your Coach, buy him or her this book. ... Read more

30. My Dad The Rugby Player
by Cynthia Rodier McBride
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Asin: 096726250X
Catlog: Book (2000-11)
Publisher: Poco Press
Sales Rank: 165997
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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My Dad The Rugby Player is a picture book that introduces basic rugby rules to children. The book is colorfully illustrated with both drawings and photographs. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable for little kids
As an ex-player and current referee I found this book a pretty accurate description of rugby. The pictures and graphics are great. My two year old enjoys having me read it to him. I am sure most little kids would too.

3-0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
This can be a good book for children who play rugby and also for them who want to play rugby. But I want to say that the people who love rugby can enjoy reading this book. This is a simple book, but one can feel the atmosphere in the rugby field. ... Read more

31. Volleyball Skills & Drills
by Jim Bertoli
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Asin: 1930546661
Catlog: Book (2004-03-01)
Publisher: Wish Publishing
Sales Rank: 67374
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The book is a comprehensive tool for developing all of the skills of volleyball in addition to providing drills that help coaches handle specific situations that they will incur with their teams.The book has approximately 100 drills and touches upon defensive systems, conditioning and game strategies. The book provides over 80 diagrams, terminology and key phrases. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A very highly recommended manual
Jim Bertoli draws upon a highly successful and extensive volleyball coaching career to write Volleyball Skills & Drills, a comprehensive instruction manual for developing all of the skills of volleyball as a competitive sport. The drills provided will help other coaches handle specific situations that will inevitable occur with the teams. Showcasing some one hundred specific drills, Volleyball Skills & Drills also addresses the relevant issues of defensive systems, conditioning, and game strategies. A very highly recommended manual for anyone charged with the responsibility of coaching a volleyball team, Volleyball Skills & Drills is enhanced with definitions of terminology, key phrases, and more than eighty illustrative diagrams.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow, what a helpful book!
I picked up this book because a friend told me it was great. And let me tell you if you want to become a professional vollyball coach like Jim Bertoli you had better buy this book. It has tons of helpful tips and skills for getting you team in tip top shape. It's a great buy. Five stars! ... Read more

32. Bat 6
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Asin: 0553526634
Catlog: Book (2000-04-04)
Publisher: Listening Library
Sales Rank: 815250
Average Customer Review: 4.07 out of 5 stars
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Approx. 5 hours
3 cassettes

Bat 6 - that's the softball game played every year between the sixth-grade girls of Barlow and Bear Creek Ridge.All the girls - Beautiful Hair Hallie, Manzanita who gets the spirit, the twins Lola and Lila, Tootie, Shadean - they've been waiting for their turn at Bat 6 since they could first toss a ball.

This time there's a newcomer on each team:Aki, at first base for the Ridgers, who just returned with her family from a place she's too embarrassed to talk about.And Shazam, center field for Barlow, who's been shunted around by her mother since her father was killed on December 7, 1941.

The adults of the two towns would rather not speak about why Aki's family had to "go away."They can't quite admit just how "different" Shazam is.And that is why the two girls are on a collision course that explodes catastrophically on the morning of Bat 6, the day they've been preparing for all their lives.
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3-0 out of 5 stars Bat 6
Bat 6 is told from the point of view of two softball teams from two neighboring towns that play a championship game every year. In 1949 each team had a new player. Aki, who just returned from the internment camps, joined one team, and Shazam, whose father was killed at Pearl Harbor, joined the other. Shazam blamed Aki for killing her father because she was Japanese. At the championship softball game, the hatred came out and a horrific event happened. This book is a very creative story that I liked very much but the pace was a little too slow for my taste. The author also skipped around too much as she went from one girl's view to another's. I would recommend this book to children of ages 10-13 because of the language and the complex story.

4-0 out of 5 stars 21 Very Different Girls
Bat 6 is an annual softball game played by two teams from small towns in Oregon. The Bat 6 game has been going on since 1899, and all of the girls are determined to win this year's Bat 6 game. The two teams names are Barlow Creek and Bear Creek Ridge. Bear Creek Ridge has won more games than Barlow, and that makes the girls on Barlow even more determined to win this year.
The author chose a very complex way of writing this book. In some parts of the book, you can barely understand what she is trying to say. The narrator changes a lot and that's what makes it even more confusing. I like what she chose to do because you get to hear thoughts from different characters about what is going on in the book. Various characters help tell this amazing, complex story. This book gives a lot of detail and makes you think a lot. It is good for kids eight and older because it might be hard for little children to understand, but I would definitely recommend reading this book.
All the girls on each team are different, just like me and you. There is one girl in particular. This girl's name is Shazam. Her father was killed in World War Two, during the Pearl Harbor attack. She hates all Japanese people now. She thinks all of them are evil and they are out to get her. Shazam joins the Barlow team and definitely stands out from the other players.
Bear Creek Ridge gets a new player too. Her name is Aki and she's Japanese. She can throw left and right and can hit very well. She becomes one of the best players on the team, but the other girls don't mind. They are all kind to one another and they are open to all people.
The Bat 6 game comes so soon. This is the day all of the girls have been waiting for all of their lives. The game is going well; the teams are both doing very well. Everyone is nervous. Towards the end of the game, something happens that will change the girls' lives forever and will go down in Bat 6 history. Something that no one is expecting. A terrible event, maybe the worst the girls had ever seen, something that damaged a person for a long time, maybe even for life.

5-0 out of 5 stars Complex and Exciting
An extraordinarily complex story of two girls baseball teams with a terrific plot that any girl should have the pleasure to read. The characters are easy to get to know and extremely realistic, each one with a different personality. Virginia E. Wolff makes characters that can be slightly arrogant yet at the same time your best friend. Chapters had great cliff-hangers and will keep you reading up to the end.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but confusing
Bat 6 is the name of an annual 6th grade girls' softball game between two neighboring Oregon towns. It was started in 1899 by the women of the two towns in an effort to get the menfolk of each town talking to each other.

As this book opens, it is the beginning of the 1949 season, and girls on both teams are preparing for the big 50th annual game. New on the Bear Creek Ridge team is Aki, a Japanese-American girl whose family has just returned from the concentration camp where they lived during WWII. New to the Barlow team is Shazam, who lost her father when Pearl Harbor was bombed in 1941. The very first line of the book, "Now that it's over, we are telling," sets up the expectation of something catastrophic happening and that tension is well maintained throughout the book as the girls on each team share bits and pieces of what happened at the Big Game.

Bat 6 was a worthwhile read exploring themes of racial tension, rivalry, and the effect of war on the mind of a child. However, it was difficult going. In spite of chapter headings it was hard to keep track of who was narrating and what team they were on. In fact it took me four chapters just to realize that these girls were on different teams, so I had to backtrack in my reading and pay more attention to chapter headings. A table is provided at the beginning of the book which lists each girl on each team, but to have to flip back and refer to it every time the narrator's voice changes interrupts the reading experience and makes a book like this work rather than fun.

This may be a good read-aloud, but it would be an unusual 9-12 year old who would be able to keep track of the story.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bat Six
This book is a tense conflict of emotions after world war two. Its extremely real characters and prejudices fit in perfectly with the time and setting. The thoughtful Aki contrasts with the tempermental, troubled, Shazam, and the incident at Bat Six is strongly foreshadowed but shocking even so.
This is a great book!!! ... Read more

33. A Century of Cricket Jokes
by Bill Stott
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4-0 out of 5 stars Relax time reading cricket jokes
This is a nice book and as title suggest. I like cricket jokes and the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Century Indeed!
This book is a very funny book packed with a lot of good cricket jokes that all cricket fans will admire! ... Read more

34. Volleyball Drill Book: Individual Skills
by BobBertucci
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Catlog: Book (1992-11-01)
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Average Customer Review: 3.83 out of 5 stars
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For players and coaches at all competitive levels, Volleyball Drill Book: Individual Skills presents over two hundred drills for the development and improvement of basic volleyball skills, including:

  • Passing
  • Serving
  • Setting
  • Blocking
  • Digging
  • Service Reception
  • Spiking
In his fifteen years of head coaching experience, Bob Bertucci has established a reputation as one of the nation's top volleyball coaches. As the head coach at Rutgers for the past five years, Bertucci's record has included being named the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Coach of the Year in 1988, 1990, and 1992, consistent appearances in the National Top 20 Poll, and an appearance in the NCAA Final Four in 1990.James A. Peterson, PhD, is the author of over thirty sports and fitness books. A former instructor at the United States Military Academy, he is currently Director of Sport Medicine at Stairmaster Sports/Medical Products, Inc. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars It's volleyball, not rocket science
I'm trying to help myself and my team improve so I bought this game action drills book. There are no pictures to demonstrate proper stances, only X's and O's. I felt like I was in a Pro Football locker room. The book is obviously aimed at the experienced coach who understands the jargon and the diagrams. I found my help at the local library in the kids volleyball section. [....]

5-0 out of 5 stars Volleyball Unbalanced
Introduction: The following article is about a high school physical education project that has impacted the Federation International de Volleyball to change its rule of play for volleyball. Before the invention of Rocball, a game developed by high school students in Saipan, volleyball had no significant rule changes from 1895 to almost 1995. The developement of Rocball in 1980, its 18 years as an organized sporting activity and its subsequent media coverages, is the game that has changed the way this kind of team net sport will forever be played. NEWS RELEASE: 6/16/01


AFFLICTION: (1:5) When the Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB) disemboweled volleyball of its side out scoring system, they eviscerated volleyball of some of its most prolific and unique competitive features. Now, what FIVB is presently promoting as volleyball, under the malefic influence of rally point scoring, is nothing more than the reanimated corpse of what W.G. Morgan created as a team net sport back in 1895.

SYMPTOM: (2:5) The fact is, if the FIVB had any sense of balance, insight, intuitive perceptions, or integral rational when they attempted to remold volleyball's scoring system, they would have benefited far better, if they would have taken advantage of what potential volleyball had to offer, and should have put more mental effort into working with the intrinsic values of volleyball's side out scoring system's competitive nature. But, they didn't and in their attempt to develope an equitable offensive and defensive scoring system, they failed miserably. The FIVB, either by ignorance, by fault of thought, or suffering from acute vacuity, neglected to recognize the importance of the serve and the significance of the service team's position in this kind of team net sport, as the game's catylists.

DIAGNOSIS: (3:5) Under the rally point scoring system, the team in service is handicapped with the serve, and the receiving team is in the dilemna of having the scoring advantage for the disadvantage of the serve. The team in service has one hit to send a ball over the net on the serve to score points. The receiving team has the advantage of three hits to set up a counterattack and numerous different types of opportunities to score points off the serve. So, under the rally point scoring system, it would seem that the serve has become more of a sacrfice than a challenge.

What is the source of origin for rally point scoring? The following is a description of the rules of play for ping pong with inserts in parenthesis to highlight its rally point connection: "hitting the ball back and forth over the net until one player (team player) missess the ball, or hits it onto the net or off the table (court); in each of these cases, the opponent scores a point. When a serve touches the net (hits the net and slides down on the opponent's court) but otherwise a good serve, it is called a "let". Ping pong is a game where each player has a paddle and one hit to bounce the ball off the table, on serve or in play, to send it over the net in an attempt to score.

Under the influence of ping pong via the rally point scoring system, in a scenario where team "A" and "B" start a game with team "A" in service: If team "A" makes a bad serve like a line fault, team "B" will earn a point. Then team "B" earns the right to be disadvantaged with the serve: If team "B" serves the ball into the net for a bad serve, team "A" will earn a point and then they will be burden with the serve again. When team "A" makes their second serve, if they hit the ball over the net and scuccessfully score a point against team "B", team "A" will have to make a third serve. If team "A" then hits the ball over the net and out of bounds, team "B" will earn another point.

In the four serves just described, the ball was only served over the net once. Team "A" served the ball three times and was the only team that hit or served the ball over the net. Team "B" served the ball once and they never hit the ball over the net. Four points were scored and as incredible as it is, truth being stranger than fiction, team "A" and team "B" are tied at two points each. If that isn't an inflated and gross misrepresentation of the net value of competitive action in an offensive and defensive scoring system for a team net sport, it will have to do unless something worse comes along, if that's possible.

And if all of that isn't bad enough, if team "A" and team "B" have scored a game to set point 23 to 24, and team "A" is at service with 23 points and makes a bad serve, team "B" wins the set. The ball doesn't have to be served over the net and a team doesn't have to be challenged to hit the ball off the serve to win a set.

The rally point scoring system's anemic, self inflicting, unearned error point's system and its anticlimatic methods of winning a game, are not examples of how anomalies may be created when working to develope an equitable offensive and defensive scoring system for a team net sport. These are two different stages of how and when rigormortis sets into a team net sport that has been unbalanced, become redundantly repetitive, is suffering from stress, competitive convulsion, and shock. And, they are the direct results of the Fallacious Indolent Vertiginous Blounderers (FIVB) efforts to make a team sport out of ping pong and displace it onto a volleyball court.

THERAPY: (4:5) Under the side out scoring system, a served ball is a challenge and a threat because it can't be penalized error points to the advantage of the service team's opponent. However, It is also the responsibility of the team in service to provoke a competitive situation of cause and effect. When a team in service fails to fullfill the character of its role, a penalty situation would be defined and enforced. And, a service penalty where a point would be lost instead of awarded to a team by error would be more the proper judgement of an offensive and defensive scoring system's competitive nature for a team net sport.

In a game like volleyball, the service team's exclusive advantage to maintain earned points off the serve should remain inviolate. If the service team fails in its responsibility to successfully challenge its opponents off the serve, it should be penalized a point. The service team would lose one point off its score. From this method, a service team's opponents would benefit by either increasing its lead, reducing the service teams lead, or gaining the lead if both teams are tied. But, most important of all, there would be no unearned points awarded, non competitive action would be devalued, and each team would have to gain set/game point off the net value of its own competitive scoring strategies and skills.

However, in order for the serve to be valuable enough to compete for in a offensive and defensive side out scoring system, the receiving team would be limited with two hits off any serve. When the receiving team is then able to successfully hit and send the ball back over the net in two hits, the service team would be the first team to have the three hit advantage of setting up an attack to score. The receiving team could earn the service off their two hit defense of the serve, but they would not be allowed to score unless they successfully defended against the service team's three hit attack. The third time the ball is hit over the net, is after the service team has had first opportunity to set up an attack off three hits. The third time the ball crosses over the net, is also when the receiving team would have its three hits to set up a counter attack and score points. Then both teams would be under equitable competive circumstances and whichever team scored first, would win the advantages of the serve.

And, only the first serve of the person occuppying or rotating into the service position would be subject to penalty. Otherwise, all that would have been created, would be an inversion of what has degenerated the game of volleyball under the rally point scoring system; where every non-competitive action off any serve, is an unearned error point for the service team's opponent. It is enough that a team loses a point and the scoring advantages of the serve, off the first serve. Making a bad serve on any subsequent serves, would cost the service team its scoring advantage, but any further non-competitive serve would remain neutral.

The serve, in a team net sport, should create an atmosphere of anxiety not conditions of anticipation for the service team's opponents. The competitive environment in a situation where there is offensive and defensive scoring system, requires adjustments in order for the service team to maintain its scoring advantage. The service team would have the advantage of two point aces and an optional scoring technique to offset its own penalty in service. The two point ace occurs when, off the serve, a receiving team player hits a serve

2-0 out of 5 stars Not what it appears to be
Though this book seems to boast ideas for self-improvement, the title "Individual Skills" is misleading. I was looking forward to discovering some drills I could do on my own to improve my performance but when I got the book, I found nearly every drill listed requires full team. There are some good ideas for teams, but as far as individually, the book lacks in suggestions for self-improvement independent. I would not recommend this book to anyone who is playing recreational volleyball and looking to improve on his/her own time.

5-0 out of 5 stars A "must have" in your coaching library.
Coaches are always looking for more drills, and if you've found yourself in a rut, there are two Bob Burtucci books that you should consider adding to your library: this one and his "Game Action Drills."

This book features drills designed to help players work on every individual skill in the game, and there are enough drills to allow variation, thus reducing the chance that players will get bored.

The diagrams are easy to understand, and I've found the drills to be very effective. Therefore, I recommend both of Bob's drill books highly.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book helped turn our program around.
It's one thing to run drills in practice based on individual skills, but it's also important to have the team work AS a team during practice, and Bob's book offers a huge number of drills to allow teams to work on team skills.

The drills duplicate gamelike situations and are explained in enough detail to make them easily understandable, and therefore, easily coachable.

I highly recommend this book to any coach trying to upgrade their team's overall performance. I credit the information I discovered in Bob's book with helping turn our high school's program around. ... Read more

35. A Guide for Young Softball Pitchers
by Don Oster, Jacque Hunter
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Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
Publisher: The Lyons Press
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Good softball pitchers aren’t born, they are developed. A young player can become a good pitcher, and have a lot of fun along the way. Good pitchers have a couple of things in common. First, they really want to pitch. Second, they are willing to spend the considerable time and effort tocondition, train, and develop their skills.

There are several attributes that most really good pitchers possess. They can control their pitches, throw strikes, and throw them with speed. They also have good self-control. The best pitchers know how to win; they have their head in the game and use their
abilities to contribute to a successful team effort.

This book will get young pitchers started on the right track to success. With chapters on conditioning, pitching mechanics, the variety of pitches, proper practice, control, game preparation, dealing with batters, fielding, and more, A Guide For Young Softball Pitchers is a complete source for the young pitcher and for all those who coach youth softball, as well as for the parents of young pitchers.
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36. Pass, Set, Crush: Volleyball Illustrated
by Jeff Lucas, Stuart Moldrem
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Asin: 0961508868
Catlog: Book (1992-10-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.18 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars incredible
First, a disclaimer, I'm a beginning volleyball player. This book is incredible. Covers all of the basic skills, common mistakes, and systems of play. Covers offensive and defensive play for total beginning levels (i.e. can't spike or pass too well) to advanced skills. Excellent drawings of all the basic skills. Basic skills section is 170 pages long! But great for advanced players too, since advanced offense and defense sections are 150 pages long! I was pleasantly surprised by gender neutral, yet still gramatically correct language-uses he, him, and her for singular person (correct) and doesn't fall into the trap of using "them" or "they" (incorrect). Book does not cover too much about drills or conditioning, so look elsewhere for those things. I only wish I had known about this book sooner.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great primer for coaches and player alike.
When I first began thinking about coaching high school ball, Jeff Lucas's book was one of many I devoured. Although I'd played the game for years, I wanted to gain a wider perspective, and Jeff's book was very helpful.

The illustrations are excellent, and every skill involved in the game of volleyball is examined and explained in detail. I recommend this book for anyone looking to improve their skills, either as a player or a coach.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Illustrations.
This is a book geared to the player. This will teach the average adult player about the game and expose them to some of the subtleties of the game.

The truely great thing about this book is the phenomenal illustrations. I believe each one is a charcoal drawing and they really illustrate what proper positioning should be. I used it to help my own game, such as it was, and it helped me with my coaching.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you're at all serious about volleyball you need this book
Excellent drawings, crystal clear explanations. If you want a definitive reference for a variety of offensive and defensive schemes, and drawings that break down all the basic skills in detail, this is the book to buy.

1-0 out of 5 stars don't waste your time and money
I agree with the last reviewer, this book is way out of date and not worth spending the time reading. And I didn't really like the writing style, either, it felt stilted and it was hard to read--didn't flow, if you know what I mean. If you want to really develop your skills, go for something by someone with real credentials who actually knows what they're talking about. ... Read more

37. Sands of Time: The History of Beach Volleyball, Vol. 1: 1895-1969
by Arthur R. Couvillon, Art Couvillon
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 The book: "Sands of Time" The History of BEACH VOLLEYBALL, Volume #1: 1895-1969is the first book that has been devoted primarily to the history of BEACH VOLLEYBALL! There are 272 pages of beach volleyball stories and anecdotes, along with tournament results. The book includes nearly 500 photographs of the events, venues and players of BEACH VOLLEYBALL.

In the first chapter, pages 1-28, cover the first 50 years of volleyball. Most of this information relates to the indoor game. The indoor game was the "motivation" for the game of "BEACH VOLLEYBALL." In order to document the history of BEACH VOLLEYBALL, it was important to illustrate its original "roots."

The remaining 244 pages cover BEACH VOLLEYBALL, beginning with the second chapter, revealing the "Birth" of BEACH VOLLEYBALL and illustrating how the indoor game contributed to the "conception" ofthe beach game.

You are then guided up to and through beach volleyball's "Golden" years" of the 1950's in the third chapter. The fourth chapter covers the 1960's, referred to as the "Adolescent" years of BEACH VOLLEYBALL.

Some of the most amazing beach volleyball stories and events are described along with the nearly 500 PHOTOGRAPHS of the people and events involved. ... Read more

38. Lacrosse Fundamentals
by Jim Hinkson
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Catlog: Book (2000-09-15)
Publisher: Warwick
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Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for learning the fundamentals of box lacrosse
Lacrosse players, young and old, would find this book very useful to start playing the game or if players want to hone their skills. The book is very well detailed , from players basic stick skills, individual offense, individual defense, face-offs, to goaltending. Also, for you coaches out there, I highly recommend buying this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars great for box, indoor or canadian style lacrosse
Jim Hinkson's books (see also Lacrosse Team Strat.) are a valuble resource for the indoor lacrosse player coach or fan. While "Fundamentals" covers the individual skills each player will need to successfully play indoor lax, "Team Strat." covers understanding, developing, and coaching indoor lax plays - both offence and defense, man-up or short-handed. This 'team strategy' book may be for what the 'fan-only' is looking for a deeper understanding of the game. "Lacrosse Fundamentals" has a wonderful foreward by Chief Irving Powless, Jr. of the Onondaga Nation that describes, in the small space available, the vast importance the game of lacrosse holds for he and his people. Enjoy

5-0 out of 5 stars great book for young box lacrosse players and coaches
I have coached teenage box lacrosse teams for 6 years now. I require my players to keep a team file folder into which they are to place and review things like drills, plays, strategy, etc. Several chapters from this book have also been photocopied by me and put in their files. The author has played and coached lacrosse for over 30 years and is recognized as one of the foremost box lacrosse authorities, along with Jim Bishop, his old mentor-coach, in Canada. He also has a second book out now on box lacrosse strategies, which you don't list. A must read for those wanting to know about "the fastest game on two feet"

4-0 out of 5 stars Tips for indoor (box) lacrosse players
A good book for beginning lacrosse players, written by one of the game's top instructors. This book concentrates on the indoor game, also known as box lacrosse or boxla, and focuses on techniques for individuals, rather than team strategy. Using pictures to illustrate his points, Hinkson is especially helpful for young players and adult beginners, (the chapter on indoor goaltending helped me to improve my game in an adult recreational league). Check out Hinkson's other lacrosse titles, including "the fastest game on two feet" which is difficult to find, but deals in depth with team strategy for the indoor game, and his new book, "winning lacrosse strategies," for tips on the field game. ... Read more

39. Softball Pitching Fundamentals and Techniques (The Art & Science of Coaching Series)
by Carie Dever-Boaz, Sally Tippett-Rains
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40. Living the Dream
by Dot Richardson, Don Yaeger
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Asin: 1575662035
Catlog: Book (1997-06-01)
Publisher: International Thomson Publishing
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Average Customer Review: 4.44 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Dr. Dot is talented in both softball and writing!
This book is a must read for any aspiring softball player, or any female athlete! I knew who Dot Richardson was before, but reading this book really introduced me to her personal life, and i cold definetly relate. In this book, Dot tells of her journey to the top, and her struggles along the way, starting from when she was a little girl right up to winning the gold in atlanta. Her stories are inspiring, some funny, others very touching. Any serious softball player or athelete can relate to her experiences some way, and that, along with wonderfully entertaining stories are what makes this book a true 5 star must read!!

5-0 out of 5 stars This Book is AWESOME!
I would recommend this book to any female that likes sports and softball in particular. It tells of the struggles that Dot and women around the country went through to play sports. She is one of the most inspirational people in sports today. I couldn't put this book down once I started reading it and i was finished in two days. Dot is an exceptional athlete and human being, and one of my heroes!


1-0 out of 5 stars oh- come on now!
The only reason that it took two days to read this book was because of how short and transparent it was. Yes, it was a very easy book to read, but it was an insult to all intellegent people out there. If you want to by a book for your child than this is it because no adult would find any joy in reading this boring book

5-0 out of 5 stars A very inspiring and excellent book!
When I got this book, I read it in just a few days and I didn't want to put it down. It tells about Dot's struggles and all that she went through to be the awesome softball player she is today. It is the best book I have read in a long time. I think not only softball players, but anyone would enjoy reading it. I highly recommend it. ... Read more

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