Softball and Cricket
The Changing Face of Cricket
From Imperial to Global Game
Paperback ISBN: 113888054x
For cricket enthusiasts there is nothing to match the meaningful contests and excitement generated by the game’s subtle shifts in play. Conversely, huge swathes of the world’s population find cricket the most obscure and bafflingly impenetrable of sports.The Changing Face of Cricket attempts to account for this paradox. The Changing Face of Cricket provides an overview of the various ways in which social scientists have analyzed the game’s cultural impact. The book’s international analysis encompasses Australia, the Caribbean, England, India, Ireland, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. Its interdisciplinary approach allies anthropology, history, literary criticism, political studies and sociology with contributions from cricket administrators and journalists. The collection addresses historical and contemporary issues such as gender equality, global sports development, the impact of cricket mega-events, and the growing influence of commercial and television interests culminating in the Twenty20 revolution. Whether one loves or hates the game, understands what turns square legs into fine legs, or how mid-offs become silly,The Changing Face of Cricket will enlighten the reader on the game’s cultural contours and social impact and prove to be the essential reader in cricket studies. This book was published as a special issue of Sport in Society.
Coach's Guide to Game-Winning Softball Drills
Developing the Essential Skills in Every Player
Paperback ISBN: 0071485872
A treasury of two hundred fast-pitch softball drills by an Olympic medallist and American Softball Association Hall-of-Famer covers a wide range of needs, from hitting and pitching to fielding and base running, in a guide appropriate for youth-league and high-school teams. Original.
Coaching Youth Cricket
1st Edition Paperback ISBN: 0736083707
"Ian Pont fizzes with enthusiasm and missionary zeal when he talks about coaching. He is a perpetual stream of ideas; he wants to impart what he knows. Pont's first book on fast bowling was riveting because it put into plain English what can be a complicated subject. This book might have even wider appeal because he advises the coaches how to coach. Technically sound, it goes much further into the realms of what young people need in order to learn the game, and Pont never forgets that, above all, cricket should be fun." Stephen Brenkley, The Independent "There are plenty of books for coaches at the elite level, coaches of adults and coaches of juniors. This book helps all coaches, and it is hard to imagine any who will not benefit from consulting it. It also deals with that often-overlooked element in young players' development: parents. They are more than just unpaid taxi drivers, and it is refreshing to see their vital role acknowledged." Ralph Dellor, former Chairman of England and Wales Cricket Board Coaches Association Broadcaster and Author of Cricket: Steps to Success "A coach has to perform the role of motivator, counsellor and communicator. This book helps all coaches at all levels to do this effectively so players have the best possible chance to realise their potential." Roger Newman, Director of Cricket, Devon CCC Coaching Youth Cricket serves as a guide for those just starting out in coaching young cricketers as well as seasoned coaches. In addition to helping you teach fundamental cricketing skills and plan enjoyable coaching sessions, Coaching Youth Cricket presents field-tested, age-specific coaching information to help you learn how to communicate with other coaches, umpires, players and parents. Coaching Youth Cricket will also teach you how to manage your team on match days, including measures to provide for safety and administer basic first aid. Whatever your experience or aspirations, this book will enable you to fulfil the responsibility of all youth cricket coaches --- to nurture and develop the young athletes who are the future of cricket.
Complete Guide to Slowpitch Softball
Paperback ISBN: 0736094067
Hall of Famer Rainer Martens has been playing softball for over 45 years. He currently coaches and plays for the Florida Legends—winners of over 80 national championships in the last 20 years. Although many books focus on fastpitch softball, this is the first comprehensive guide for slowpitch softball played by more than 13 million in the U.S. Includes over 200 photos and a 45-minute DVD that presents demonstrations of offensive and defensive techniques and tactics. Original.
The Marvellous Life of Learie Constantine
Hardcover ISBN: 1408705702
His father was a first-class cricketer, his grandfather was a slave. Born in rural Trinidad in 1901, Learie Constantine was the most dynamic all-round cricketer of his age (1928-1939) when he played Test cricket for the West Indies and club cricket for Nelson. Few who saw Constantine in action would ever forget the experience. As well as the cricketing genius that led to Constantine being described as 'the most original cricketer of his time', Connie illuminates the world that he grew up in, a place where the memories of slavery were still fresh and where a peculiar, almost obsessive, devotion to 'Englishness' created a society that was often more British than Britain itself. Harry Pearson looks too at the society Constantine came to in England, which he would embrace as much as it embraced him: the narrow working-class world of the industrial North during a time of grave economic depression. Connie reveals how a flamboyant showman from the West Indies actually dovetailed rather well in a place where local music-hall stars such as George Formby, Frank Randle and Gracie Fields were fêted as heroes, and how Lancashire League cricket fitted into this world of popular entertainment. Connie tells an uplifting story about sport and prejudice, genius and human decency, and the unlikely cultural exchange between two very different places - the tropical island of Trinidad and the cloth-manufacturing towns of northern England - which shared the common language of cricket.
99.94 Tips to Improve Your Game
Paperback ISBN: 0736090789
The great Sir Donald Bradman
Cricket for Dummies
2nd Edition Paperback ISBN: 1118480325
A complete guide to cricket for players and fans alike Whether you're a budding player or aspiring armchair expert, Cricket For Dummies helps you get to grips with this fascinating sport. Completely revised and updated for the first back-to-back Ashes series in 38 years, this hands-on guide gives you clear explanations of the cricket's laws, step-by-step explanations of techniques and tactics, and exciting coverage of the tournaments, global rivalries, and great players. - Fully revised and updated to chronicle the rise of twenty20 cricket and the IPL, the implementation of DRS, and the changing face of the game - Covers cricket basics—the pitch, the laws, the equipment and more - Provides an in-depth look at cricket formats - Offers a guide to building cricket skills—bowling, batting, and fielding - Includes coverage of the best players and the biggest tournaments throughout the world Complete with Top Ten Lists of the greatest cricketers, the most memorable cricket matches, and the biggest controversies, Cricket For Dummies is your one-stop resource on this popular sport.
The Cricket War
The Story of Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket
Paperback ISBN: 1472950631
One of The Times' 50 Greatest Sports Books In May 1977, the cricket world awoke to discover that a thirty-nine-year-old Sydney Businessman called Kerry Packer had signed thirty-five elite international players for his own televised 'World Series'. The Cricket War is the definitive account of the split that changed the game on the field and on the screen. In helmets, under lights, with white balls, and in coloured clothes, the outlaw armies of Ian Chappell, Tony Greig and Clive Lloyd fought a daily battle of survival. In boardrooms and courtrooms Packer and cricket's rulers fought a bitter war of nerves. A compelling account of the top-class sporting life, The Cricket War also gives a unique insight into the motives and methods of the man who became Australia's richest, and remained so, until the day he died. It was the end of cricket as we knew it