Coaching Pedagogy

Shane Pill, Brendan SueSee

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This chapter identifies key pedagogical concepts informing coaching practice and subsequently player effective learning in junior and youth sport. Sport coaching is framed as an educative endeavour as it is centrally concerned with enhancing player education in movement, the technical, tactical, and physical performance aspects of a sport. As a form of teaching, pedagogy needs to be a focus for junior and youth sport coaching. The first section of the chapter considers learning theories that inform approaches to coaching. Contemporary pedagogical models subject to much of the recent research and scholarship in sport coaching will be reviewed, and the implications for children and youth sport coaching considered with respect to their motivation to continue in sport: perceived competence, enjoyment, learning, and friendships. Although contemporary coaching approaches are sometimes referred to as ‘discovery’ orientated, in this chapter a pedagogical lens is provided by The Spectrum of Teaching Styles to show that frequently they are more likely a practice style of coaching. The chapter concludes that no one coaching method can achieve all things.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Coaching Children in Sport.
EditorsMartin Toms, Ruth Jeanes
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781003199359
ISBN (Print)9781032058191, 9781032058207
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Publication series

NameRoutledge international handbooks


  • coaching practice
  • coaching pedagogy
  • player effective learning
  • effective learning
  • children's sport
  • sport coaching


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