Learning Design to Facilitate Interactive Behaviours in Team Sports

Review by: William A. Harper
By Pedro Passos and Keith Davids

The Big Idea 

These authors, Passos and Davids, call their paper an “opinion piece.”  Not so.  It is an intelligent discussion of ecological dynamics played out in the learning of team sports through the interactive nature of the sport performance.  Such interactions include those within the team and between the team and the opposing players.  This dynamic continuously unfolds as players from both teams interact with constraints such as rules and boundaries, attempts at coordinating attacks and defenses and counter attacks, and managing the largely unpredictable non-linearity of game actions.  And yet, even within this seeming chaos it is possible for well-coached players to use information sources found-in-the-moment to predict opponent behaviours.