Each year, American youth basketball parents invest millions of dollars – and hours – so their sons and daughters can play organized youth basketball. These parents spend weekend after weekend, year after year participating in the youth basketball experience. Unfortunately, because of the misperceptions and misguided expectations of a significant number of parents, the experience is often negative.
Despite the countless hours parents and coaches spend teaching their kids how to play the game of basketball, no one has ever taught youth basketball parents how to enjoy youth basketball – until now.
About the Author
Derek Wolden has officiated thousands of basketball games from Division II college athletes to fourth graders and every age and level of basketball players in between.
A 10-year officiating veteran and a trainer/mentor to newer officials, he has seen – and heard – all the problems with youth basketball firsthand and is determined to do his part as a “whistleblower” to make the experience better for all participants – parents, coaches, players and officials.
A former journalist, he combines his expertise on the court and at the keyboard to fill a glaring knowledge void by educating parents, coaches and officials about the intricacies of youth basketball.
What's being said
"Derek Wolden's perspective as a basketball official provides valuable insight to make the youth basketball experience enjoyable for everyone."
- Gregg Popovich, 4-time NBA Champion (coach), 2003 NBA Coach of the Year
"BasketCases is a must-read for everyone associated with youth basketball. My job would be easier if every NBA fan read it as well."
- Ken Mauer, NBA Referee
"A must-read for youth basketball parents. It will change the way you watch the game, and in some cases, that's a good thing."
- Randy Shaver, KARE Television Sports Anchor, Youth Basketball Coach/Parent
"BasketCases is clever, insightful and engaging. If parents, coaches and officals follow Derek's suggestions, the realwinners will be kids who play this great game."
-Steve Javie, NBA Referee
"BasketCases fits perfectly with our mission to make youth basketball a rewarding experience for kids. A must - read for every youth basketball parent."
- Neal Fox, Youth Director, Mahtomedi Basketball Association