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Children's LiteratureIn 1891 James Naismith, a Presbyterian minister who was serving as a physical education instructor at the YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts was in a quandary. In the middle of a cold New England winter he was struggling to come up with a new indoor activity that could spark interest in his students. He came up with the idea of nailing peach baskets to the opposing walls of the gym and then made up a game that has come down in time to be known as basketball. At present, basketball is one of the most successful team games on the broad sports scene. In Basketball writer John Wright offers valuable information about this fast paced sport's history and the means whereby younger players can better prepare for this sport. As part of the "Sports Injuries" series, this work has a format that typifies the other books in this fine set. In Basketball readers encounter a concise history of this proud sport. This historical section is followed by insightful instructions related to the psychological and physical training that is required in this sport. Lastly, readers are offered some insights into professional opportunities that can be attained within the sport of basketball. Throughout the text readers are provided numerous illustrations that highlight both the sport and the warm up activities recommended by the author. In this manner, John Wright has developed a practical and effective teaching tool for readers who aspire to improve their basketball prowess or better understand this game. 2004, Mason Crest Publishers, Ages 9 to 12.
—Greg M. Romaneck