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Thus basketball mom thanks you
Thank you George Dohrmann. This book was a great read and has given me, I'm sure, just a small peek behind the scenes of grassroots basketball. It did kind of sadden me, but I'm glad to know.
I am the mother of a 12 year boy old who loves basketball. He of course started at the local YMCA at 3 years old. He continued at the rec level until the age of 9, when we were introduced to travel basketball. At the time he would go between basketball and soccer during each respective season. The overlap became too much to manage, playing both on the same day. The details escape me, but I remember him changing clothes in he car, as his dad drove from one venue to the next.
His first love was actually soccer. As it was discovered that he was the tallest kid on the team, not afraid of the ball coming toward him, and could stop shots that others couldn't, he became a permanent goal keeper at 9 years old. He liked the position, but missed running around with everyone else. At the same time, travel basketball was growing on him. Our first travel team was an absolute joy. The closeness of the boys, the parents, and coaches as we traveled the area for tournaments was a new and enjoyable experience for all of us. Simultaneously we were learning all of these new acronyms... AAU, YBOA, USSSAB, NAYBA. We needed to know what's the difference and why aren't we playing in more competitive tournaments? Parents were becoming aware of things that it seemed we were not expected to ask about or know about. Needless to say that team broke up, starting our travel ball shuffle, which I am working to bring to a hault, and this book has been very helpful.
Sometimes you have to get out of your feelings and think this through. We are trying to be smart, but the extra noise from coaches (yours and the ones that claim to want to be yours), parents, trainers, other players experiences all make it tricky to maneuver through this with and for our son. He definitely wants to play ball beyond high school, while I'm trying to make sure he does what is necessary to make the high school team. Thanks for your help.
By christopher carter
As a former high school basketball player and huge basketball fan pro and college, this book made me see the game I love in a whole new light. Amazing read full of emotion and jaw dropping truths.
By Adam Bm
Play their heart out was an amazing book. It makes you feel in the players lives that you know them and has amazing ups and downs. From the triumphs of winning a tournament to suffering a crushing defeat dohrmann puts you in the book and tells you an amazing story of greed, triumph, heartbreak, and dedication.
Play their hearts out
Well written,quick read,poignant....makes you want to continue following how their lives ( Demetrius,Roberto,Justin,Aaron,etc..) are turning out.
Was really good book that brought light to an underground money maker I hope this guy writes a book about the players after they finish college. Awesome book.
Must Read For Club/AAU Parents
Any parent considering or currently involved in Club/AAU basketball must read this book. Although all coaches and programs are not like the ones described in this book, it opens your eyes to some very sad truths that take place at the elite level.