Take It To The Hoop

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From the invention of "basket ball" in the late nineteenth century and the very first women's games played in bloomers, blouses, and thick stockings, to the fast-paced world of today's NCAA tournaments and the WNBA, this book covers every aspect of the history of women's baskethall. Find out why men weren't allowed to watch the first women's games and which First Lady was involved in forming the early rules of women's basketball to ensure that players remained "ladylike." You can even take a virtual tour through ...
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Overview

From the invention of "basket ball" in the late nineteenth century and the very first women's games played in bloomers, blouses, and thick stockings, to the fast-paced world of today's NCAA tournaments and the WNBA, this book covers every aspect of the history of women's baskethall. Find out why men weren't allowed to watch the first women's games and which First Lady was involved in forming the early rules of women's basketball to ensure that players remained "ladylike." You can even take a virtual tour through the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.

Traces the development of women's basketball, from its beginning in the 1890s through the formation of the Women's National Basketball Association in 1997.

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Children's Literature
On March 21, 1893, Senda Berenson, the PE teacher at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, posted the following note on the gym door, "Notice: Gentlemen are not allowed in the gymnasium during basketball games." Thus began the beginning of a sport that today features national television contracts and huge arenas. Basketball has grown to include women's professional leagues as well as solid inter-collegiate play. However, in its infancy, women's basketball featured players dressed in bloomers wearing frilly blouses who were not really allowed to sweat. Now, women's basketball includes high flyers who are capable of drilling three point shots or dunking the ball. This evolution of a minor hobby into a significant sport is the subject of Sandra and Susan Steen's illustrated work. Written in a highly readable manner and featuring solid research, this is a fine work of sports history. In addition, Take It to the Hoop is a book that touches upon issues such as Title IX and broader concerns of sex equity in our society. This book will appeal to sports fans of both genders as well as readers interested in women's issues. 2003, Twenty-First Century Books, Ages 12 up.
— Greg M. Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-The Steens start at the very beginning, with the first public women's game in March, 1893. Great detail is given in describing the history and development of the sport, uniforms, equipment, rules-everything. One chapter explains the company and industrial teams that led to league play and traveling tournaments; it includes a description of "The All American Red Heads," formed in 1935 and considered by many to be the first professional women's basketball team. Many teams are featured, including black women's teams, college teams, national and international champions, wheelchair basketball, professionals, and Olympians. There is information on the WNBA; the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, TN; and possible future stars in the Class of 2006. Individual stars such as Ann Meyers, Hazel Walker, Nancy Lieberman, Cheryl Miller, Coach Pat Summitt, and many others are featured. Title IX and its impact on the game and salary struggles of coaches are discussed. Five appendixes cover professional women's teams, Hall of Famers, championships, awards and trophies, and historic rules. Many great black-and-white photos and interesting sidebars appear throughout. However, there is some inconsistency in the dates in the history section. Still, this is a good look at women's basketball with interesting facts about the game in general, as well.-Kate Kohlbeck, Randall School, Waukesha, WI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761324706
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Series: Lerner Single Titles Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.12 (w) x 10.16 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Welcome to the Ball 7
Chapter 1 The Beginning of Women's Basketball: No Men Allowed 11
Chapter 2 What Are the Rules? 24
Chapter 3 Queens of the Court 32
Chapter 4 Travelin' Teams 44
Chapter 5 On the Road and in the Air 56
Chapter 6 The Spectacular 1970s 66
Chapter 7 Off to College 78
Chapter 8 Professionals and Olympians 92
Chapter 9 We Got Game: The WNBA 109
Chapter 10 In the Hall 118
Appendix 1 Women's Professional Basketball Teams 128
Appendix 2 Hall of Famers 130
Appendix 3 Championships 132
Appendix 4 Awards and Trophies 133
Appendix 5 Historic Rules of the Court 135
For More Information 138
Index 139
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