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Importance of appropriate game design for practice

I often remind the student teachers that a game that allows for dribbling and tackling is fundamentally different from games that do not allow for dribbling and tackling. So, if you are teaching the former, then keep the dribbling there, even if you put some limit to it, it is still better than removing dribbling and tackling altogether. When you remove the dribbling and tackling, you are essentially deconstructing the task, NOT simplifying, and there is a difference between the two.

Also, don't ignore or underestimate the importance of your 1v1, 2v1 and 2v2 situational games. These situational games are at the heart of our games and sports learning area within the PE syllabus when teaching territorial invasion games at the primary level. Don't be too quick to go into your 3v3 and 4v4. Some kids will ask for it but it does not mean that they are ready for it. Food for thought.

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