Reciprocal coaching (peer coaching): Style C

Shane Pill, Brendan SueSee, Joss Rankin, Mitch Hewitt

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The change in the role of the coach in Reciprocal Coaching Style is that instead of the coach being the sole person responsible for feedback to player/s, the coach creates an environment where player/s provide feedback to each other. Players are therefore placed in the role of observers of each other’s performance. Merian and Snyder’s research with collegiate athletes found that peer coaching improved team dynamics, encouraged reflective activities, developed confidence, and enhanced player learning. Mosston and Ashworth argued that application of Reciprocal Style is likely to create a learning episode that can develop socialisation skills, communication skills, the giving and receiving of feedback from peers, and permit the development of empathy and manners. Using Reciprocal Style allows the coach to focus on more than just the physical development of the player, thus developing a focus on other aspects of player development as feedback on ‘physical performance’ is handed to a player’s peer.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Spectrum of Sport Coaching Styles
EditorsShane Pill, Brendan SueSee, Joss Rankin, Mitch Hewitt
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis
Number of pages9
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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