Why kids, and all players, love games
When my youngest daughter was seven, she went over to a group of 10-year old boys at our rugby club and asked them if they wanted to play a game.
After much discussion and much to her disgust, they said they’d need a referee to be able to play. She walked away with an even lower opinion of boys than she’d had previously.
These boys clearly had either not been involved in creating and developing their own games, rules and parameters at all, or had not been allowed to without some adult interventions and guidance. At the risk of sounding too nostalgic: “It weren’t like that in my day”.
It isn’t like that in developing countries, and it is a joy to seeing young children playing and creating their own activities.
This is all you have to know about the why to coach through games: kids like playing and learning through games. And it’s not just kids, adults too.
Switched on and motivated players, enjoying what they are doing. Why wouldn’t you want to use this method of delivery?
A wide range of research demonstrates it puts skills into context and promotes intuitive decision making. Here’s a bit of bedtime reading to back this up.