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Play Practice: the Games Approach to Teaching and Coaching Sports / Edition 1

Play Practice: the Games Approach to Teaching and Coaching Sports / Edition 1

by Alan Launder


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ISBN-13: 9780736030052
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date: 04/23/2001
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 8.52(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range: 5 - 17 Years

About the Author

Alan Launder has been deeply involved in sports for more than 50 years as a competitor, teacher and coach. In that time he has worked in Great Britain, the United States, and Australia. Since 1973, he has been a senior lecturer at the University of South Australia, where he helped to develop a four-year degree course in physical education—teacher education that became a model for programs in other countries. He won the 1992 Rothmans Prize in recognition of his ability to develop and communicate innovative ideas in sports education. The paper that won the prize, “Coach Education Towards the 21st Century,” has had a great influence on the coach education programs of many Australian sporting federations.

Alan holds senior coaching qualifications from Great Britain and Australia in soccer, cricket, basketball, track and field and table tennis. In 1984, he was a coach of the Australian track and field team at the Los Angeles Olympics. In 1986 and 1988, he was the head coach of the Australian team at the World Junior Championships. In 1991, 1993, and 1995, he was a coach of the track and field team at the World University Games. Most recently he has served as a consultant to the Australian Track and Field Coaches Association and to the Australian Lacrosse Association as they reinvented their coach education programs.

Alan regards his major career achievement to be the development of the philosophical and pedagogical principles that underpin the “Five Star Award,” an innovative approach to teaching track and field that has been adopted by more than 20 countries.

In his spare time, Alan's hobbies are sporting art, travel, snow skiing, and fine wine. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, in Salisbury East, South Australia. He has two sons, David and Richard, and three grandsons, James, Mitchell and Matthew.

Table of Contents

Part I. The Play Practice Approach

Chapter 1. The Social Impact of Sport
- Sport As Entertainment and the Impact of the “Third Party”
- Sport Education: An Undervalued Facet of Modern Life

Chapter 2. The Emergence of Play Practice
- Games for Understanding
- The Evolution of the Games for Understanding Approach
- The Problems of Innovation
- Similarities and Differences Between Play Practice and Games for Understanding
- The Evolution of Play Practice
- The Effect of the “Swamp of Reality”
- Play Practice and Novice Instructors
- Play Practice and Coaching
- Summary

Chapter 3. Traditional Approaches to Teaching Games
Theoretical Concepts
- The Three Commonly Used Methods of Teaching Games
- Problems With Traditional Approaches

Chapter 4. The Nature of Skill in Games
- Skill Versus Technique
- Games Sense
- Other Elements of Effective Play

Chapter 5. Play Practice: The Theory
- Three Strands of Knowledge
- Play Practice Advantages
- Summary

Chapter 6. Play Practice in Action
- Shaping Play
- Focussing Play
- Enhancing Play
- Manipulating Variables to Shape Play Practices in Other Sports
- A Framework for Play Practice

Chapter 7. The Ps of Perfect Pedagogy
- Plan
- Prepare a Protected Learning Environment
- Prepare the Learner
- Pretest
- Present the Task Efficiently
- Provide Plenty of Practice
- Pertinent Practice
- Provide Feedback
- Ensure Good Positioning and Perception
- Playful Practice
- Praise Performance
- Progressive Practice
- Paced Practice
- Personalised Practice
- Direct Versus Indirect Teaching Methods
- Culminating Activities

Part II. Play Practice Applied

Chapter 8. Play Practice in Action: An Introduction to the Practical Examples
- Developing Play Practices
- Emphasis on Games Sense and Technical Ability
- Development of Technical Ability
- Working Models of Technique
- Developing Games Sense
- Teaching Games Sense

Chapter 9. Field Invasion Games
- Soccer
- Field Hockey
- Lacrosse
- American Football (Gridiron)
- Touch (Rugby)
- Australian Rules Football

Chapter 10. Court Invasion Games
- Basketball
- Netball
- Korfball
- Team Handball

Chapter 11. Court-Divided Games
- Racquet Games
- Volleyball

Chapter 12. Striking and Fielding Games

Chapter 13. Target Games
- Golf
- Archery

Chapter 14. Individual Sports
- Track and Field
- Skiing

Chapter 15. Action Fantasy Games
- The Evolution of Fantasy Games
- An Example of the Fantasy Game Approach

Part III. Sport Educator's Role

Chapter 16. Bench Coaching
- Eyeballing: Most Coaches' Basic Tool
- Match Analysis
- Precepts for Bench Coaching: The Basic Truths
- The Basic Process of Bench Coaching
- Summary

Chapter 17. Sporting Behaviour
- Play Practice and Sporting Behaviour
- Dealing With Poor Sports

Postscript: The Problem of Early Specialisation

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