New Book "BasketCases' Blows the Whistle on Broken Youth Basketball System

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The just-released book "BasketCases: How Youth Basketball Parents Can Lower Their Blood Pressure and Keep Their Sanity" is the first of its kind in the country written from the important perspective of a basketball official to make the youth basketball experience enjoyable for parents, coaches, players and officials.

an important book for everyone interested in helping the game of basketball grow.

Beaver's Pond Press is excited to announce the release of its newest nonfiction book "BasketCases: How Youth Basketball Parents Can Lower Their Blood Pressure and Keep Their Sanity," written by Twin Cities author and basketball official Derek Wolden. This first-of-its-kind book was written to improve the youth basketball experience for millions of parents, coaches, officials and players across America.

Unfortunately, the American youth basketball system is broken. A growing percentage of parents try to live vicariously through their children and push them to the limit to succeed. These parents become so financially and emotionally invested in their children's success and fulfilling their own dreams that they scream during basketball games at everyone -- coaches, officials, other players or parents, and even their own children -- who gets in the way.

Compounding the problem is a breed of coaches who bring a win-at-all-costs mentality -- starting in elementary school -- to fulfill their own egos at the expense of player development and the overall experience. Mix in too many officials who don't hustle and maximize revenue by working as many games per day as possible, and it is easy to understand why the youth basketball system is a recipe for frustration and failure.

Ultimately, the players become the biggest losers in this broken system. Many kids become burned out from the constant parental pressure, the negative experience and the year-round basketball calendar that they quit playing basketball by ninth grade. This exodus from the sport is the byproduct of a win-at-all-costs system that is failing this country and our children.

In BasketCases, veteran basketball referee Derek Wolden shares practical advice with parents and coaches about how youth basketball can be a positive experience for you and your children. You will learn how and why -
1)    Referees call games to maximize age-appropriate skill development and sportsmanship
2)    A short-term won-loss record can have a lasting and damaging impact on a child's long-term basketball experience
3)    Parents, coaches and officials can work together to help kids develop as better basketball players and citizens

BasketCases is already receiving praise from the highest levels of the basketball community. Tubby Smith, University of Minnesota Men's Basketball Coach and President of the National Association of Basketball Coaches for 2008-09, called it "an important book for everyone interested in helping the game of basketball grow."

Steve Javie, a veteran NBA official who has worked the NBA Finals for the last 14 years, said, "BasketCases is clever, insightful and engaging. If parents, coaches and officials follow Derek's suggestions, the real winners will be kids who play this great game."

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has guided the Spurs to four NBA championships and was the 2003 NBA Coach of the Year, said, "I enjoyed BasketCases because it's the first book I've read that focuses on educating parents, coaches and players about the game. Derek Wolden's perspective as a basketball official provides valuable insight to make the youth basketball experience enjoyable for everyone."

To learn more or read sample chapters of BasketCases (ISBN 1-59298-238-7), go to The book can be ordered through the web site and is also available nationally at and

About Beaver's Pond Press:
Beaver's Pond Press has published more than 500 books in all categories. Headquartered in Edina, Minnesota, Beaver's Pond Press coaches and mentors writers throughout the publishing process. For more information, visit, or From beginner to bestseller, we help you turn your life, your work, or your passion into the best book possible.

For more information about BasketCases or to schedule an interview with the author, contact:
Derek Wolden
President, BasketCase Books, LLC
DerekWolden (at)


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