Once students feel comfortable using a variety of skills without pressure (dribbling, passing, trapping), you can begin to incorporate small sided games and activities. On this day I always demonstrate and explain what good man-to-man defense looks like and use defensive mirroring drills.
-Play the ball
-Deny and Delay
Small Sided Games:
Tactical Awareness Discussion Teacher uses questioning so that students identify the needs of the team.
Types of questions:
1.Tactical awareness – what do you…
2.Skill and movement – how do you…
3.Time – when is the best time to…
4.Space – where is/can…
5.Decide – which choice...
I used the FH Tactical Awareness Chart to help construct group discussions to promote critical thinking.
Off Ball Skills - Team Assessment was used during modified game play. One teammate from each team sat out as an observer and there job was to focus on one section of the assessment ex: Passing. The Observer recorded the names/initials of his/her teammates and followed the guidelines on the assessment. After 3-4 minutes of observation, the observer and a different player swaped places.
Assessment Goal: For students to have a heighten awareness of there space and teammates and to play with mindfulness
After the first two observers have done their job, I called the whole class in for an opportunity to share and discuss the observations made. Having their teammates share is more powerful then listening to the teacher. The wrap up of class has a similar discussion, focusing also what the teams or individuals improved on.
"We can't pass through people! We need to move around people." - 6th Grader
"No one is communicating out there, we need to talk more and find the open player." - 8th Grader
"We need to do a better job of playing defense, don't just hit the sticks, get back and get into position." - 8th Grader
Tactical Transfer – applying similar tactical problems across several games/units