Computers. Taxes. Cooking. Special diets. Web design. Travel. Green living. Cars. MySpace. Even eBay.
Whatever the topic, you can probably find a “For Dummies” book about it.
So why not, lacrosse?
Why not, indeed.
In 2003, the publishers of the “For Dummies” books unveiled “Lacrosse for Dummies.”
That book’s primary author was Jim Hinkson, a former player and coach who is Canadian born and Canadian bred. As many of you know, it focused on box lacrosse, with some info on the field game.
Last March, the publishers asked me if I would revise that book in a new edition in which the main focus was on field lacrosse — both men’s and women’s — while still using much of the content on box lacrosse included in the first edition.
In other words, every aspect of lacrosse.
I’ve always been down for challenges, so I took on this one.
Eagerly and enthusiastically.
And I’m glad I did.
I think the finished product, “Lacrosse for Dummies/2nd edition” is the most thorough and comprehensive book on the game that’s ever been done.
Please don’t misunderstand. That’s not a boastful statement. Because, just like this blog, I relied on the insights, opinions and information of many to put it all together.
So thanks to the many contributors, many of whom are from the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region, for all your help and your support.
In fact, one of this region’s — and the game’s — all-time greats, Roy Colsey, wrote an outstanding and personal foreword to the book. I’m also indebted to coach Joe Alberici at Army and to Kristen Carano Bulkley for their outstanding technical reviews of the finished product, as well as the dozens upon dozens of players, fans, officials and coaches I interviewed while doing research, many of whom are mentioned and acknowledged in the book.
Were there some bumps along the way during the nearly one year I spent working on the book? Sure. I mean, it was my first book project, and the “For Dummies” style is quite unique and took some adjusting to, I must say. To say nothing of the fact that researching and writing a book is not exactly all peaches and cream.
Were there some creative differences here and there? Some days of frustration and anxiety?
In the words of Sarah Palin, “You betcha.”
But I think the finished product is pretty complete and comprehensive.
I hope you’ll agree.
The official release date is early April.
You don’t have to wait to get a preview, though.
Chapter 1 gives an overview of what is included in the other 20 chapters. You can read it now in pdf format by clicking here.
You can check out the Table of Contents here. (If you scan through it, you can see who I selected as 10 of the greatest players of all time in Chapter 19.)
And if you’re like me, when you get a new book, you start not at the front, but at the back. In the index, for a quick scan of some of the content that you’re about to spend valuable time reading about. You can read the index here.
For more of a sneak peek of the book, click here.
You can order a copy of the book by visiting here.
For more general info on “Lacrosse for Dummies/2nd edition,” click here.
I hope those of you who wind up reading the book enjoy it. I really feel there’s plenty of stuff in the more than 300 pages that even the most established lacrosse expert may find enlightening and interesting and can learn from.
I sure did.
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