The PE Playbook – July 2015 Edition




Welcome to the July 2015 Edition of the PE Playbook. The PE Playbook is a review/collection of blog posts over the past month that are specific to Physical Education or Youth Sport. Its about bringing these blog posts into a format that is easy to find, use and share. Hopefully this will result in more PE Teachers (and others) reading them and engaging with them. If you have any feedback about the presentation or content of the PE Playbook then please let me know in the comments section of this post or via @ImSporticus.

You can find previous editions of the PE Playbook here. Enjoy your summer holiday and happy reading!


Amanda Stanec is a researcher in sports with an emphasis in social justice. She has a background of teaching PE, coaching sport and is a strong advocate of Physical Literacy. She blogs at Move Live Learn, which all PE Teachers should follow and read. Amanda doesn’t just talk the talk, she also walks the walk, recently completing an Ironman Level Triathlon Ironman Coeur d’Alene 2015 which means she hasn’t been blogging as much as usual. However it is good to have her insight and wisdom back demonstrated in he most recent post on Standards-Based Physical Education which promotes assessment around learning rather than ability. It would be interesting to see if this system would be replicable in the UK, especially as we have been left to our own devices with regards to assessment in PE.

Sean D’Arcy is deeply reflective youth football coach and blogs his thoughts at Right back on the bench. In How to survive ‘The Parents’ Sean looks at parental issues that are faced by grass roots coaches, and offers advice on how to ensure frustration doesn’t get the better of you. This month he also looks at Fixed Mindset & Relative Age Effect together and how potentially older in an age category are closed off development and reaching their potential, because they dominate physically. A difficult problem to find solutions to. In How you can be more creative he takes a sketch by John Cleese and uses to make a checkpoint list on what you can do as a coach (or teacher) to help improve your chances of being creative with your practice. Finally this month Sean looks at whether we need specialist to help us in seeing the obvious in his post Moneyball (with no money).


Free: Without Cost or Payment via @carmelhealth

Youth Sports Problems – Some Solutions via @coachgambetta

Want skills to stick? Think outside the body! via @stu_arm

Student Centered Learning? via @lovepeme

3 Myths that are Destroying the Youth Sports Experience for our Kids by @coachjonnyo

Defining Physical Literacy via @lenalmond

Analysing the young learner via @markstkhlm

We talk the talk but, do we walk the walk?  and Physical Literacy: The Plasticity of Young Minds via @lizziemyers

Feedback via @propelperform


Making a Commitment

GAIN 2015 Lessons – Greg Thompson on PE as a Foundation

Koolaid or Poison?

The balancing game! Work vs. Play

Physical Literacy Includes Learning Not to be Perfect

I Love Music

Standing in Line

Raising Questions about Learning & Pedagogy: an invitation to debate self-directed learning

Equity in Experience 2

3 Benefits of equity in Education


The Best Parts of My Week – 6/22/15–6/25/15

Are we missing a trick when developing children through sport? 


Parkour 101 and Parkour Sport Education

Why Physical Activity has more than Physical Benefits


Being a Maker in PE

Taking the Leap into #TechWorld

Top Apps for PE Teachers – Part 41

5 Apps I Used in My Perfect Volleyball Lesson

Nine ways to introduce coaches to #TechWorld

Augmented Reality in PE


The best revision tool I have used…….so far!

Bridging The Gap

Health Literacy

First Glance at New GCSE PE Specs 2016


Creating spaces of possibility not expectation

VLOG 13: TGfU: Moving Beyond Warm Up, Skill, Game

VlOG 14: Sport and Sport Education

Walking the Talk


Episode 34 – Portfolios & Physical Education

Episode 36 – The Quantified Self

The PHYSEDagogy Podcast – Live from #PHYSedcamp & #DemoSlam

Voxcast – Education, Innovation, Conversation By Jorge Rodriguez


How to make Pre-Season Training Interesting, Relevant and More Fun

How Being Caught Speeding Made Me Think about the Environment, Circumstance and Luck in Coaching

The Creative Process of Coaching

How the 10,000 Hour Rule helped me

What To Think About Before a Match

Investigating the Complexity of Athlete Development and the IOC Consensus Statement-

Criticising other coaches: don’t be a dick

Practice and play in the development of German top level professional football players

Money Does Not Buy Development

Summer reading for sports coaches

Organisational resilience – should I use the word love?


Is School One Big Marshmallow Test?

Play based parenting – Danish Style

Where you grow up matters for sporting success

Poor fitness is a bigger threat to child health than obesity

Get The Crowd on Your Side

What Motivates Someone? Part 1: Rewards and What Motivates Someone? Part 2: Fear and Motivation: Part 3 – Future Success

7 thoughts on “The PE Playbook – July 2015 Edition

  1. Fantastic collation this month!

    The “3 Myths that are Destroying the Youth Sports Experience for our Kids” really resonated with me. My schools athletics carnival was held this week and I’m grappling with 5yr olds competing in shot put at a school level.

    From 8yrs we also select our school team to travel and compete. I’ve never given a thought to the age imbalance as said in the article

    “Its wrong because if you are all about winning and cuts prior to puberty, you are selecting the kids who are very likely born within 3-4 months of your calendar cutoff for your age group, and are physically advanced compared to their peers. ”

    I’ll review our results and have a look at that correlation today.

    Some thought provoking stuff. Thanks for your efforts in collating the best of the best.


    1. Hi Scott, It is a fantastic post and definitely thought provoking. I mainly teach 11 to 18 year olds, so I have had very limited experience with younger pupils and athletes. I’m very pro competition, and offer lots of competitive opportunities within my school, but my belief that winning is the ultimate aim of competition has been greatly challenged in the last decade. It has begun to change my practices, such as all subs in my teams get a full half of playing, no matter how that might influence the result of the game. The pupils know it is about participation and development, rather than the win. I’d be interested to know what you find with your analysis. Keep in touch.


    1. Hi Lester, glad it is useful. There are some excellent PE and Youth Sports bloggers out there with a wealth of knowledge and good ideas. Hopefully this brings some of the best ideas together.


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