Teresa Weatherspoon's Basketball for Girls

Teresa Weatherspoon's Basketball for Girls

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by Teresa Weatherspoon, Kelly Whiteside, Tara Sullivan

Great news for the millions of young hoopsters dreaming of someday running with the pros: two-time Olympian and professional star Teresa Weatherspoon is sharing all of her basketball secrets! In this fun and informative book, not only will you get the inside scoop on passing, dribbling, defending, shooting, and all the rules of the game, you'll also learn why


Great news for the millions of young hoopsters dreaming of someday running with the pros: two-time Olympian and professional star Teresa Weatherspoon is sharing all of her basketball secrets! In this fun and informative book, not only will you get the inside scoop on passing, dribbling, defending, shooting, and all the rules of the game, you'll also learn why Spoon believes that unselfishness, hard work, and a positive attitude are as valuable as technical skill.

With tons of instructional photos and heaping "Spoon"-fuls of inspiration, personal history, and inside tips, Teresa Weatherspoon's Basketball for Girls delivers all the goods. In no time, you'll be tearing up the courts, burning up the nets, and showing how it's really done!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ru Story-Huffman
Teresa Weatherspoon is a two-time winner of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) Defensive Player of the Year award. In addition to being a professional basketball player, she also provides advice to young girls who wish to play the sport. The basics of the game including dribbling, passing, shooting, rebounding, offense and defense are stressed in this volume. Also, Weatherspoon provides information about warming up, stretching and conditioning before beginning play or practice. The appendices recap Weatherspoon's playing record and professional career and also include a glossary of basketball terms. This book is a good choice for any girl interested in basketball. Illustrated with black-and-white photos of Teresa Weatherspoon in practice and at games, there are also photos of a girl's basketball team practicing with Weatherspoon. Sprinkled throughout the book are personal observations written by Weatherspoon that are meant inspire and enlighten girls about life. A welcome addition to sports literature for girls, especially those who wish to learn more about basketball and fans of the WNBA. Girl's basketball coaches also may find this volume useful.
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-A two-time winner of the WNBA Defensive Player of the Year award shares her expertise. The book, which offers both instruction and advice, stresses teamwork and encourages girls to have fun playing the game. Exercises range from pregame stretches to off-season conditioning. The many black-and-white action photographs allow readers to see each exercise, drill, or play under discussion. Weatherspoon also includes stories about her family and the sport that she loves. She emphasizes that she has bad days on the court and that every mistake should teach a lesson. Although Faye Y. Miller and Wayne Coffey's Winning Basketball for Girls (Facts On File, 1992) has much of the same information, the personal anecdotes and up-to-date photographs make this title especially appealing. An excellent resource for sports collections.-Barb Lawler, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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Teresa Weatherspoon's Basketball for Girls
Teresa Weatherspoon

Before You Start

Warming Up

When I get to the gym, I can't wait to start playing, but I resist the temptation and always warm up first. Why is it important? Because warming up and stretching help keep your body injury-free. Always warm up your body for about five minutes before beginning any stretches to avoid injury. To begin your warm-up, jog around the court three times. Then stand with your arms out by your sides and make small circles, five to the front and five to the back. Increase the size of the circles and do five more in one direction and five more in the other. Now your muscles are warm before you stretch.


Remember to stretch before every practice and game. Actually, I stretch after each game and practice, too. It's a good habit to get into. The following routine stretches the major parts of your body that you use the most when playing basketball. The best way to stretch is slooooowly. Bouncing while stretching can cause injury because your muscles will tighten, not relax. Your body needs time to loosen up each of the muscle groups before you can perform at your best. A few guidelines: Go lightly, holding your stretch for about ten to twenty seconds. Relax after each stretch for about twenty seconds. Do each stretch two or three times. Each time try to extend the stretch a bit farther. There never should be pain. If there is, you're forcing the stretch too much.
Here are some simple stretches to help you get loose before a game or practice.
Lower Leg Stretch
Sit on the floor with one leg straight and the other positioned so the heel of your sneaker touches the inside of your opposite thigh. Bend forward at the waist and grab the ankle or foot of your straight leg. Hold for twenty seconds. Repeat on opposite leg.
Hurdler Stretch
Still seated, spread your legs to form a V. With your left hand, reach out and touch your right ankle or toe. Hold that position for twenty seconds. Then repeat the process with the right hand touching your left ankle or toe.
Still seated, put your heels together in front of you and pull your feet close to your body. (Your legs will look like the wings of a butterfly.) Grab your right ankle with your right hand and your left ankle with your left hand. Put light pressure on your knees with your elbows and push forward slowly. Hold for twenty seconds.
Standing Groin Stretch
Stand and spread your feet a little more than shoulder width apart so you feel a slight pull in your groin and hamstring muscles. Bend over and try to put both hands on the floor. Hold for twenty seconds.
Side Lunge Stretch
Take the same position but this time lean to the left, bending your left leg and keeping your right leg straight. Hold for twenty seconds, then repeat on the other side.
Front Lunge Stretch
Facing forward, bend your left leg and keep your right leg extended behind you. Put both your forearms on top of your left thigh. Keep your chest upright. Hold for twenty seconds, then repeat on the other side.
Calf Stretch
Stand a few feet from a wall and put one foot in front of the other. Keep your heels flat on the floor and lean forward against the wall. Hold for twenty seconds, then repeat with the other foot forward.
Trunk Twists
Standing with your feet spread apart, twist your upper body left and right, holding your arms at chest level.
Flamingo Stretch
Standing, grab your right foot with your right hand and pull it behind your right leg to your buttocks. (Sometimes it's hard to balance while standing on one leg, so grab a wall or a teammate's shoulder until you get the hang of it.) Hold for twenty seconds. Repeat with the left foot.
Triceps Stretch
Standing, hold your left elbow over your head with your right hand. (Your left elbow should be above your left ear.) Pull your elbow behind your head. Hold for about twenty seconds. Repeat with your right elbow.
Biceps-Shoulder Stretch
Standing, pull your right arm across your chest and hook it with your left elbow until you feel a stretch. Hold for about twenty seconds. Repeat with your left arm.

Spoon Servings

Full name: Teresa Gaye Weatherspoon
Nickname: Spoon
Height/ Weight: 5'8", 161 lbs.
Birthdate: December 8, 1965
Birthplace: Jasper, Texas
Home: New York City and Pineland, Texas
High school: West Sabine High School (Pineland, Texas)
College: Louisiana Tech, '88
Years of pro basketball: 10
Sports I like to play (other than basketball): Softball
Athlete I most admired as a kid: Muhammad Ali because he was an honest man, whether you liked what he had to say or not
Favorite food: Pasta, any kind of way
Favorite color: Dark blue
Biggest sports thrill: Winning the 1988 NCAA Championship
Runner-up: Hitting a shot as a freshman at LA Tech to send the game into overtime against USC and Hall-of-Famer-to-be Cheryl Miller
Proudest moment: Receiving the Wade Trophy in 1988 after Coach Leon Barmore pushed me to be the best I could be Place I like to be when not playing: Pineland. I love to be at home. I like being around my nephews and nieces, watching them grow.
Number: I wear No. 11 in memory of a favorite uncle who passed away on my eleventh birthday. I also wear eleven braids in my hair at all times.
Music: R& B, soft soothing music. Nothing that would tear my ears off.
Favorite subjects in school: Math and English
Pet: A cocker spaniel named Magic
Hidden talent: No one knows that I can do karate. My dad put me in classes as a kid.
Game day routine: I eat a banana about an hour before the game. It gives me an energy spurt.
Favorite quote: "Your life is successful when you have an impact on another life."-Jackie Robinson
Best advice ever received: My mother always said, "Believe. Times are hard, but believe." If my team is down by twenty, I still believe. You will never see me giving up.

Warm-up Drills

Now that your muscles are warm, you can do a few drills to further get your body ready. These drills will not only get you loose, they'll help improve your speed and endurance, making you a better player.

Suicide Drill
As you can guess from the name, this drill is never fun, but it is always useful. Because a basketball game is a series of quick bursts, it's good to do some sprints that focus on changing directions. Line up at the baseline and sprint to the nearest free-throw line; then run back to the baseline. Then sprint to half-court and back. Next, sprint to the far free-throw line and back. Finally, sprint to the far baseline and back. Three sets of these are a good start.
Jumping Drill
Jumping is crucial in basketball, so it's important to practice. This drill will help you jump higher. Stand next to a wall with a piece of chalk in your hand (be sure it's a wall where a chalk mark won't matter). Hold the chalk high and jump into the air, making a mark as high as you can. Then do ten more jumps, and make sure that each one is at least as high as your first chalk mark.
Line Jumps
This drill will help you develop coordination as well as get your legs ready to take all the jumping you'll have to do in a game. Stand with both feet together on one side of a straight line (the baseline, sideline, or whatever) and jump into the air across the line while keeping both feet together. Do this for thirty seconds, back and forth.

The Olympics

In 1988 we won the gold medal. My teammates were crying, but I didn't know how to react. I don't think that what winning the gold really meant hit me until 1992. When we won the bronze that year, I dropped my head and walked away. I didn't even want to touch that bronze medal. I saw the bronze as a prize for being a failure. But then I realized that when I walked away with my head down, I embarrassed myself. I understood that the Olympics are about more than winning it all. They're about competing, playing for your country. I fought for my country, played as hard as I could for my country. That means a lot to me. Now I cherish the bronze medal as much as the gold medal.

Meet the Author

TERESA WEATHERSPOON is one of the top stars in the WNBA. Named the WNBA Defensive Player of the Year in both 1997 and 1998, Teresa is the point guard and captain for the New York Liberty. She was on two U.S. Olympic teams, winning a gold and a bronze medal, and also played professionally in Italy and Russia.

TARA SULLIVAN covers basketball and football as a staff writer at the Bergen Record in New Jersey.

KELLY WHITESIDE is a staff writer at Newsday, covering football and women's sports.

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Basketball 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the coolest basketball book ever! even though i've been play for 8 yrs, i learned a lot from this book! teresa weatherspoon is one of my favorite basketball players ever! way to go Spoon!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was a dreamer before I read this book. I dreamed that I could play basketball as good as my friend. And now I can thanks to this book!! Truely! Even my friends have told me that I now play like a pro! I love it! Thanks, T.Spoon!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book at my library by accident, but I'm glad I did. I've been playing team basketball since 2nd Grade. I've learned alot about the game, and this book sums up alot of it, and adds some hints and tips I didn't know. The shots of Theresa and Christ the King High School girls basketball team (National Champion 98-99 team) are really helpful and fun to look at if you know where those girls are now (Sue Bird went to Christ the King, is in the book, and is now the starting point gaurd for UConn-this years NCAA Girls Basketball National Champions). I showed it to my AAU coach, and he'd like to get a copy for all the players on the team. If you love basketball, you'll love this book-just like I do.