Game-Day Youth

Learning Basketball's Lingo

Children - Grade 4th-6th
98 Pages
Reviewed on 03/07/2012
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Author Biography

Suzy Beamer Bohnert played sports during her youth, participating in leagues, playing in gyms, and gathering the neighborhood kids to join in pickup games until the streetlights were too dim to light the sporting site.

She launched her writing career as a newspaper sports editor. During that job, Suzy interviewed numerous coaches, athletes, and fans about sports, putting complicated games into simple words. Her books include Game-Day Goddess: Learning Baseball's Lingo; Game-Day Goddess: Learning Basketball's Lingo; Game-Day Goddess: Learning Football's Lingo; Game-Day Youth: Learning Baseball's Lingo; Game-Day Youth: Learning Basketball's Lingo; Game-Day Youth: Learning Football's Lingo; and the fiction children's book, Binkie Learns to Fly.

An author of many acclaimed books for readers, her award-winners include Game-Day Youth: Learning Baseball's Lingo, a Mom's Choice Award-winner for "Most Outstanding Nonfiction Children's Book"; Game-Day Youth: Learning Basketball's Lingo, named Best Books for Teen Boys by the New Hampshire Library Media Association; and the Game-Day Goddess Sports Series, 3-Volume Set, selected as Best Books for College Students by StudentAdvisor.com, a Washington Post Co. Game-Day Goddess: Learning Baseball's Lingo, Game-Day Youth: Learning Basketball's Lingo, and Game-Day Youth: Learning Baseball's Lingo were winners of the Readers' Favorite Five-Star Award.

The recipient of sixteen national awards for writing excellence, including the Hermes Creative, Ragan Communications, and MarCom Awards, she lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband, Randall, and son and daughter, where she helps coach her kids' basketball, softball, and soccer teams.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Laurie Gray for Readers' Favorite

"Game-Day Youth: Learning Basketball’s Lingo" by Suzy Beamer Bohnert offers the true novice a simple resource for understanding the game of basketball. Designed as a handy reference, the book begins with a 12-page overview of the basic rules and skills such as footwork, dribbling, passing, and shooting followed by a 2-page explanation of the guard, forward and center positions. The author includes a diagram of a basketball court with all of the relevant markings and measurements, a diagram comparing a zone defense to a man-to-man defense, and a diagram containing 38 signals used by the officials. At the heart of the book are 58 pages of definitions, everything from “air ball” to a “zone press,” followed by an index listing everything from “All-America” and “All Star” to “Washington Wizards” and “zone defense.”

This is an excellent resource for elementary and middle school students just beginning to play the game, and for their parents, teachers and coaches who sometimes struggle for simple ways to explain the fundamentals. If you are looking for a playbook, practice exercises, or winning strategies, look elsewhere. But if your objective is to build a sound basis of understanding for new players and fans, this book is a great place to start. Bohnert writes clearly and concisely, differentiating between the rules of high school, college and professional basketball when necessary. She outlines the six divisions and 30 teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA), but wisely avoids mentioning the names of any players that might outdate the book too quickly.