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Transforming Play

Transforming Play

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    The traditional, highly structured, teacher-directed approach of teaching tactics and skills separate from games is quite boring for kids—who, after all, just want to play the game. Transforming Play: Teaching Tactics and Game Sense shows you how to use games to keep kids active and involved. It also shows you how to teach kids the fundamental movement skills and knowledge of basic game strategy that will help them develop a lifelong love of activity. You will learn how using a game sense approach to teaching games and sports can make activity meaningful for all kids, from the novice to the very skilled.


    Transforming Play: Teaching Tactics and Game Sense includes

    • an introduction that explains the principles of using games to develop key skills and tactics;

    • vividly illustrated games that you can use immediately to develop kids’ gross motor skills and tactical understanding, which can be transferred to and used in many popular sports;

    • lesson plans that demonstrate how game sense can be used in teaching school sports;

    • questions and coaching points you can use at key moments in teaching tactics and strategy as the kids play the games; and

    • support material for authentic assessment that enhances rather than intrudes on the learning experience.


    Sports are for everyone, not just the athletically inclined. With Transforming Play: Teaching Tactics and Game Sense, you have access to proven tools for teaching students the simple skills and strategies that will equip them to enjoy sports and physical activity now and throughout their lives.


    Reference for secondary school teachers, primary school teachers, teachers in training, and coaches.


    Table of Contents





    Games Model Instruction: The Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) Model

             How to Use This Book



    Chapter 1. Fundamental Movements and Tactics

    The Great Escape

    Block Buster

    Cone Down

    One Bounce

    Crossbar Catch

    Rotation Catch

    Wall Ball

    Corner Ball


    SpacePass 1, 2 and 3

    Throw Golf



    Chapter 2. Attack and Defence Tactics

    Man-to-Man Defence

    Piggy in the Middle 1, 2 and 3



    Round the Outside

    Zone Defence

    Zone Defence


    Fast Break

    Progressive (Layering) and Sliding Defence

    Splitz Attack

    Draw and Pass

    5-3-2 Goal!

    Team Formations



    Culminating Games




    Chapter 3. Applying TGfU to Teaching Badminton, Basketball and Netball


    Lob Pass

    One Bounce

    Rotation Catch


    Zone Defence


    Continuous Outlet


    Passing Competition Relay

    Fastest Hands (Simultaneous Infringement)

    Pass-In and Goal Shooting



    Chapter 4. Applying TGfU to Teaching Football

    Learning Sequence

    Flick up, Catch and Run




    Trap and Throw-In

    Throw and Trap Practice

    More Trap-Ball


    Knock It!


    Dribble Game

    Modified Zone Defence



    Chapter 5. Authentic Assessment

    Enhancing Learning and Game Performance

    What Is Authentic Assessment?

    Assessing Declarative Knowledge and Affect

    Assessing Team Performance






    About the Author

    About the Author

    Dennis G. Slade, MPhil, is a senior lecturer and coordinator of the BEd secondary physical education degree at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. He has played national and international sport and is currently a member of the New Zealand men’s masters field hockey team. He has had a long career in teaching physical education and coaching sport and was the head coach of the New Zealand U16 boys’ field hockey academy. Dennis is the author of Senior School Physical Education: A Course Book for New Zealand Schools (two editions), Teaching Attack and Defence in Team Games: A TGfU Approach (5 reprints) and a CD-ROM Stick2hockey, a TGfU approach to teaching field hockey to novices. He has presented at two international TGfU conferences, was the keynote presenter for the West Zone Physical Education Conference in Singapore (2006) and has presented numerous workshops on TGfU and game sense approaches to game instruction in New Zealand. His research interests include youth and masters sport, the TGfU and game sense methodologies, and physical activity.