PlaySport is focused upon the development of the whole child. The developmental games within this awesome website have been designed to help kids, ages six to twelve, develop an understanding and competency of the skills and tactics associated with playing sports while at the same time, developing important skills that can be transferred to other aspects of their lives. Practitioners from all sectors (e.g., teachers, coaches, recreation leaders, public health workers, university staff and students, etc) from around the world can all benefit from this resource.
PlaySport embraces "Teaching Games for Understanding" , an approach that taps into kids' inherent desire to play 'teaching kids games by playing games'. By playing games that are fun and adaptable to every skill level, PlaySport will prepare kids to participate in a wide range of sports with greater success and enjoyment.
The PlaySport activities are separated into four categories: Target, Net/Wall, Striking/Fielding, and Invasion/Territory. Each category focuses on specific game strategies that will assist kids in developing the skills they need to participate in sports.
Each PlaySport activity also focuses upon a specific FUNdamental skill. The FUNdamental skills section is directly linked back to Canada's Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Plan which has been designed to foster the development of physical literacy across a wide range of activities.
While also enhancing children's physical skill abilities and fostering a better understanding of how to play games, each PlaySport activity also focuses upon the development of a specific Life Skill. Practitioners can pose key questions to participants to help them gain a better understanding of how important Life Skills used in games such as communication, teamwork, respect, cooperation, decision making and problem solving are in making healthy choices in all aspects of life.