"Game Sense" uses games as a learning tool to:

  • increase motivation of players
  • develop tactical and strategic thinking
  • improve skills

This approach is "game" rather than "technique" centred. Traditionally, we've taught techniques in isolation, eg repetitions of a spiral pass. While the technique is important, there is limited value in practising it without taking into account other factors involved in executing the skill, eg deciding whether to pass or run in a two-on-one situation. By making a modified game the focus of the session, players are challenged to think about what they are doing and why. The players must first have a clear understanding (model) of what the game is about. The technique follows the game when the need for it is established: