Sports: The Complete Visual Reference
Reviewed: December 5, 2003
By: edited by Francis Fortin
Publisher: Firefly Books
384 pages, $29.95
There are a great many sports about which I know virtually nothing.
Most them I could care less about, so a book like this is both useful and
not useful to me. Where it could come in hand is if I needed to research
how something worked for some reason.
Volleyball is a sport which is very big at the school where I
teach. I havenít played it since I was in high school, so aside from watching
my students during tournaments, I know very little about the current rules.
The volleyball section of this book is quite thorough. The history of the
sport is given in a few hundred words at the top of the first page,. Most
of the rest of the three page segment is used to explain how the court is
set up and what the major moves are. There were also several sidebar captioned
illustrations showcasing the equipment and a full court illustration showing
the basic positions.
It seemed to be quite complete.
Cricket is a sport which everyone says is hard to fathom, and
when itís used as a plot point in novels it generally makes less sense than
Quiddich. It is found under the Ball Sports (small ball) section of the bookís
19 larger divisions. It gets four pages, but there seems to be a lot more
established tradition to account for here. The format of the presentation
is the same, and works quite well here, too. I came away from this short
chapter feeling like i knew a lot more about the sport than I had before
I read it.
Over all, this seems to be an excellent resource book, nicely
illustrated (over 1000 drawings) and cleanly written.