The PE Playbook – January 2017 Edition

Welcome to the January 2017 Edition of the PE Playbook. The PE Playbook is a review 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 @ImSporticusPrevious Editions of the PE Playbook can be found here.

 

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This month the blogger of the month goes to the collective that is Changing The Game Project. A group of US based coaches whose mission to return youth sports to the children, and put the ‘play’ back in ‘play ball.’ I had the pleasure to see John O’Sullivan, the founder of @CTGProjectHQ talk about going beyond the X’s and O’s of coaching youth sport and his message has stayed with me. Why Kids Play Sports encourages us youth sports coaches to focus on the things what will not change, the reasons why children enjoy sports. Alecko Eskandarian in The Unspoken Problem in Sports writes a deeply personal account of the issues he faced from concussion, encouraging us to put the wellbeing of our players first and foremost in our minds. One thing that can have a negative impact on children’s willingness to continue in youth sport are the conversations that adults initiate with them. An Open Letter from the Back Seat is a post that explores these conversations from the view of the child and is a handy reminder that sometimes we need to see things from their perspective. It is their game after all. An older post but one I highly recommend youth sports read is Why Kids Quit Sports which looks at the many reasons why children drop out of organised sport and offers some practical solutions to over come them. If we want as many involved, for as long as possible, in the best possible environment then there are some ideas we can take away and implement into our own coaching.

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