Player self-coaching: Style K

Shane Pill, Brendan SueSee, Joss Rankin, Mitch Hewitt

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In the Player Self-Coaching Style, the player decides the subject matter or activity and the coaching episodes that they will implement to achieve a desired goal. It also involves an aspect that they do not already know how to perform. The Player Self-Coaching Style sees the player assume the role of coach and learner. All decisions about the coaching and learning in the episode are assigned to the player. There are many examples of player self-coaching from adolescents to elite players. Alex Honnold preparing for climbing El Capitan is one example of the Self-Coaching style that contained many episodes, as opposed to a single episode. Sally Pearson’s London Olympic Gold medal is sometimes presented as an example of Self-Coaching as she had no official coach. The game of tennis in Australia, particularly during the early 1950s and early 1960s, presents as possibly a highly credible, genuine and accurate example of Player Self-Coaching.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Spectrum of Sport Coaching Styles
EditorsShane Pill, Brendan SueSee, Joss Rankin, Mitch Hewitt
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-003-04144-3
ISBN (Print)978-0-367-48522-1, 978-0-367-48518-4
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Education
  • Physical education
  • Coaching


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