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Play Practice-2nd Edition

Play Practice-2nd Edition


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    Play Practice: Engaging and Developing Skilled Players From Beginner to Elite, Second Edition, provides an alternative to traditional sport instruction. This innovative and authentic approach to teaching sports combines contemporary theory with the experience of practical and reflective work in real sport environments.

    Coauthors Alan Launder and Wendy Piltz, both with wide-ranging experience as players, teachers, and coaches, expand and update the play practice approach they presented in the first edition and show how it can be used to help improve sport skills for players of all ages and abilities. This flexible model of sport pedagogy can be applied as a whole or one element at a time. It covers a wide range of team and individual sports, including archery, table tennis, flag football, snow skiing, cricket, and track and field. Plus, you’ll find a wealth of field-tested ideas for working with diverse learners in schools and communities. 

    The second edition highlights the significance of key terms such as games sense, technique, resilience, and fair play. It also provides new information relating to the complexity of learning and addresses the difficulties beginners face in the learning process. The second edition of Play Practice integrates a thorough analysis of skilled performance with an understanding of the conditions under which people best learn. It also shows how the strategies of simplifying, shaping, focusing, and enhancing can help you create situations to maximize learning and positively influence the attitudes of learners.

    Over 130 illustrations and photos demonstrate specific approaches, ideas that can work for multiple sports, and ways to apply the approach with beginners through elite players. Summary sections in each chapter help you quickly identify and review key topics. And two bonus chapters about the origins, evolution, and theoretical bases for Play Practice are available free for download at www.HumanKinetics.com/PlayPractice. 

    Play Practice is based on the idea that an individual’s commitment to achieving mastery is a powerful motivator for learning. Learn to harness these motivators and create enjoyable practice situations in which learners young and old, whether resistant beginners or highly motivated professionals, are encouraged to strive for excellence.

    Table of Contents

    Part I. Fundamentals of Play Practice

    Chapter 1. Approaches to Teaching and Coaching Sport
    Traditional Approaches to Teaching Games and Sport
    Teaching Games and Sport Effectively
    Origin and Evolution of Play Practice
    Precepts of Play Practice
    Differences Between Play Practice and TGfU

    Chapter 2. Elements of Skilled Performance
    Games Sense
    Playing Skillfully With and Without the Ball
    Integrating Games Sense and Technical Ability
    Understanding the Rules
    Understanding Tactics
    Understanding Strategy
    Fair Play
    Resilience and Mental Toughness
    Physical Courage

    Chapter 3. The Process of Playing Skillfully
    Differences Between Beginner and Expert Players
    Complexity of the Total Skill Process

    Chapter 4. Strategies for Teaching Play Practice
    Simplifying Activities
    Shaping Practices
    Focusing Practices
    Enhancing Play Experiences

    Chapter 5. Teaching Specific Elements of Skilled Performance
    Developing Fair Play and Resilience
    Improving Technical Ability
    Developing Games Sense
    Reading the Play
    Developing Communication

    Chapter 6. The Ps of Perfect Pedagogy
    Prepare the Learner
    Prepare a Protected Learning Environment
    Present the Task Effectively and Efficiently
    Provide Opportunities for Practice
    Provide Feedback
    Praise Performance
    Project Poise, Patience, and Passion

    Part II. Play Practice in Action

    Chapter 7. Teaching Field Invasion Games
    Field Hockey
    Lacrosse (Noncontact)
    Australian Football

    Chapter 8. Teaching Invasion Games
    Rugby Sevens
    American Flag Football

    Chapter 9. Teaching Court Invasion Games
    Team Handball

    Chapter 10. Teaching Court-Divided Games
    Table Tennis

    Chapter 11. Teaching Striking and Fielding Games
    Bowling and Pitching
    Softball and Baseball

    Chapter 12. Teaching Target Games
    Ten Pin Bowling
    Lawn Bowls

    Chapter 13. Teaching Individual Sports
    Cross Country Running
    Track and Field Athletics

    Chapter 14. Sport for All
    Talent Versus Opportunity
    Identifying Talent
    Developing Elite Athletes

    About the Authors

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