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Basketball Highway's Playground Pointers   by Alan Lambert

A book like Playground Pointers has been a long time coming. Coach Alan Lambert of the Basketball Highway has put together a collection of tips and tricks for developing solid fundamental skills. Coach Lambert's style of writing makes the book an easy read. He has covered many aspects of the game. Don't be fooled into thinking this is a book for only unskilled players and beginners. Many players can take note of proper footwork, shooting, and proper defensive principles. Lambert brings into focus little things that many of us have forgotten about at one point or another. Also, he adds insight into the specifics and mechanics of what to do and when to do it. This is one of the best books I have had the opportunity to read in quite sometime. He offers sample workouts, tips on recruiting, keys to becoming the "Chairman of the Boards", and summertime keys to continuing an athlete's progression to a higher level of basketball knowledge and ability.

The book is divided into four sections.

  • Section I - Developing you Mental and Physical Game
  • Section II - Developing your Offensive Skills
  • Section III - Developing your Defensive Skills
  • Section IV - Developing your Other Skills

    Each section offers top quality areas to learn from. There are more individual pointers than those listed below. In fact, 36 Playground Pointers in all. Those listed below happen to be favorites of mine.

    Section I
    A favorite section of mine that deals with the mental part of the game. Coach Lambert discusses the effects of the Psychological Refractory Period (referred to as PRP) and making sound judgements including proper faking, etc. makes this section interesting reading. I came away with a refreshed perspective of why my players react the way they do.

    Section II
    The "ball in your hands" and "playing offense without the ball" pointers can help even the best get better. How many times have you asked "Why?" when that college guard did something that a junior high player should know. It is a no-nonsense approach to how to play offense with an open mind.

    Section III
    I particularly liked Coach Lambert's methods and principles of defense. He brings to mind techniques that everyone always talks about but don't always explain. He explains them well. His ten basic rules for teaching help-defense concepts are insightful. Another favorite is the pointer of stealing and the correct methods in which to properly attack the offense.

    Section IV
    Several tips on the recruiting process and what it really takes. Coach Lambert covers enough information in the last two pages in the recruiting area that many players, and coaches, should take notice of. His views on videotape and recruiting services are solid and right-on when it comes to the process of moving from high school basketball to college basketball.

    There is a lot of information within the pages of the book. You will want to read many sections over and over just to get all the information digested properly. There is a ton of information in the book. Normally a 188 page book might take an afternoon to read. However, you will want to take your time. Enjoy one of the few "must-have" books on the market.

    Visit the Basketball Highway, "The Coaches Home on the Internet"
    703 Mustang Circle
    Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
    Email Coach Alan Lambert

    Voice: 805.473.1005
    Fax: 805.481.9405

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  • Our thanks to Human Kinetics for sending us some excellent coaching books. You can't beat the price, less than $20.

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    "My son's high school coach gave him a copy of the book and he read it in two days. Now he is leading the effort to get himself a scholarship. The book is inspiring and effective for high school athletes."
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