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The back-in-your-face guide to pick-up basketball : a have-jump-shot, will-travel tour of America's hoops hotspots
Wielgus, Chuck.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dodd, Mead, [1986]

Physical Description:
xx, 233 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Format :

On Order


Author Notes

Charles Joseph Wielgus Jr. was born in Hazardville, Connecticut on February 6, 1950. He received a bachelor's degree in history from Providence College in 1972 and a master's degree in education from Springfield College. Before joining U.S.A. Swimming, he was the executive director of the Hilton Head Island Recreation Association in South Carolina, of United States Canoe and Kayak, and of the Senior PGA Tour Tournament Directors Association.

He was the executive director of U.S.A. Swimming from 1997 until his death. He was credited with helping to make swimming the nation's premier Summer Olympics sport, but who was later tainted by his response to accusations of sexual abuse by coaches. Abuse victims accused him of summarily dismissing the complaints and of shielding coaches or quietly transferring them with no penalty. He apologized and imposed stricter background checks and sexual misconduct penalties on coaches. He also wrote two books on basketball. He died from colon cancer on April 23, 2017 at the age of 67.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

In this exceptional follow-up to Wielgus and Wolff's In-Your-Face Basketball Book (Booklist 77:22 S 1 80), the intrepid authors provide a state-by-state guide to the underground world of pick-up hoops. Each of the hundreds of venues for playground basketball is described via clearly explained symbols and brief descriptions. The text is organized by state and then by city or town, allowing readers easy access to such information as the level of competition, the number of courts, the roughness of play, the predominant rules, and the racial mix and favorite radio stations of the participants. The authors also note famous players past and present who've haunted the various courts and provide a wealth of related trivia. A wonderful glossary of hoop terms spells out the vivid language of the playground (e.g., a Gusjohnson is a ferocious dunk that separates the rim from the backboard). Basketball players of all ages will love this volume both as a practical guide and a treasure chest of hoop lore. WL. 796.32'3 Basketball U.S. / Playgrounds U.S. [CIP] 86-6348