The debate regarding the teaching of sport and games appears to be more complex than a matter of technical versus tactical approaches. The authors identify facets of the debate. One of these facets concerns the undifferentiated use of the terms tactics and strategy. The authors argue that these two concepts need to be clarified if decision-making and critical-thinking are to be encouraged on the part of the students. A framework is put forward for the analysis of the functioning of team sports. The framework includes: (a) an overview of the internal logic of team sports based on two essential features, the rapport of strength and the competency network; (b) an operational definition of strategy and tactics as they relate to the internal logic of team sports; and (c) nine principles underlying tactics and strategy and presented as potential guides for teachers and students in the teaching-learning of team sports and games.
J.-F. Gréhaigne is with the University Institute for Teacher Education at the University of Franche–Comté, 25042 Besançon Cedex, France. P. Godbout is with the Department of Physical Education at Laval University, Ste-Foy, Quebec, G1K 7P4, Canada. Daniel Bouthier is with the STAPS Division at the University of Paris-Sud, 91405 Orsay Cedex, France.