1st Edition

Perspectives on Game-Based Coaching

Edited By Shane Pill Copyright 2021
    158 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    158 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book offers new perspectives on game-based coaching (GBC), one of the most important practices for session design and instructional delivery in sport coaching.

    GBC emphasises the sport coach as educator and the development of ‘thinking players’, and this book demonstrates what that means in practice. It brings together leading and innovative thinkers and practitioners in coaching pedagogy, and aims to stimulate reflection by the reader on their own coaching practice. Reviewing recent theoretical developments and current research in GBC, the book provides in-depth examples on how research can be applied in practice, including the use of digital video games, immersive scenario-based coaching narratives, and the Game Sense approach as ‘play with purpose’.

    Representing the most up-to-date and engaging introduction to the theory and practice of GBC, this book is invaluable reading for all students of physical education and sport coaching, as well as practising coaches and coach educators.

    Introduction: Game-based coaching

    Shane Pill, Flinders University

    Chapter 1 The Game Sense approach as play with purpose

    Shane Pill, Flinders University, Australia and Brendan SueSee, University of Southern Queensland, Australia

    Chapter 2 Digital video games as a game-based coaching tool

    Amy Price, St Mary’s University, UK

    Chapter 3 Developing thinking players (DTP™)

    Barrie Gordon, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

    Chapter 4 "Because we’re here lad, and nobody else. Just us": An existential-phenomenological perspective on game-based approaches

    Ruan Jones, and David Piggott, Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Chapter 5 The practical application of immersive game-based narratives

    David Piggott and Ruan Jones, Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Chapter 6 Skillfulness on country: Informal games and sports exposure

    John Evans, University of Technology Sydney, Australia; Richard Light and Greg Downey

    Chapter 7 Sport in physical education: Evidencing learning from employing a game-based approach in badminton

    Stephen Harvey, Ohio University, USA, and Matthew Pomeroy, Merton Middle School, WI, USA

    Chapter 8 Learning to be a game-changer

    Adrian Turner, Bowling Green State University, USA

    Chapter 9 Teaching players to think the game: Beyond decision making

    Carlos Eduardo Gonçalves, University of Coimbra, Portugal; Serge Eloi, STAPS, University of Paris-Est, France; Humberto M. Carvalho, Federal University of Sta. Catarina, Brasil

    Chapter 10 Exploring pedagogical tensions: Providing practical examples for tennis coaches to navigate a shift to game-based coaching

    Mitch Hewitt, Tennis Australia; and Shane Pill, Flinders University

    Chapter 11 Exploring coach educators’ experiences with developing game- based coaching

    Shane Pill, Flinders University, and Dave Reynolds, South Australian Football League

    Chapter 12. Coaches’ use of game-based approaches (GBAs) in team sports

    Donna O’Connor, Paul Larkin and Oliver Höner, Sydney University, Australia


    Shane Pill is an Associate Professor in Physical Education and Sport, at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia and a Life Member and Fellow of the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

    "When adopting any new approach to teaching/coaching, it takes time to practice, explore, and condition students to get the most from that style. If you don’t regularly employ GBC approaches in your practice then I highly recommend taking a look at this book to get up to speed with current thinking, discourse and recommendations before giving it a try for yourself." – Will Swaithes, @PEScholar