1st Edition

Applied Positive Pedagogy in Sport Coaching
International Cases

ISBN 9781003043812
Published June 11, 2020 by Routledge
180 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Positive Pedagogy is an athlete-centred, inquiry-based approach that transforms the way we understand learning and coaching in sport and can be successfully employed across a range of different sports and levels of performance. Applied Positive Pedagogy in Sports Coaching: International Cases reflects the uptake of Positive Pedagogy by coaches across different countries and sport settings through its complete focus on their experiences of using it and adapting it to their needs and contexts.

Comprising 17 detailed chapters that examine both Team Sports (Part 1) and Individual Sports (Part 2), this book seeks to provide insight into the opportunities and challenges involved in the application of Positive Pedagogy for sport coaching (PPed). Critically, it also identifies any problems the coaches encountered, how they addressed them and what they learned from these experiences.

Acting as a complementary text to the successful Positive Pedagogy for Sport Coaching, 2nd edition, Applied Positive Pedagogy in Sports Coaching: International Cases is an exciting, applied text that will be vital reading for all practising sports coaches or physical education teachers looking to improve or even transform their professional practice, as well as sports coaching students and researchers.

Table of Contents


Richard Light

Positive Pedagogy for coaching team and individual sports: An Overview

Richard Light and Stephen Harvey


Part I: Team Sports

1. Providing a positive experience of learning: An Australian football (AFL) experience

Shane Pill

2. Positive Pedagogy in cricket coaching: A season of reflections

Kendall Jarrett and Elliot Wilson with Andy Siddall

3. Applying positive pedagogy to a season of basketball

Ricardo Pimenta

4. Coaching baseball with Positive Pedagogy

Clayton Kuklick 

5. Football in a Japanese women’s university

Richard Light

6. Enhancing enjoyment through positive pedagogy, wearable technology and flow

Michael Sup

7. Providing positive experiences of learning in girls’ soccer (football)

Christina Curry

8. Using Positive Pedagogy in striking and fielding games

Nick Hill

Part II: Individual Sports

9. The Influence of a PPED Course on Coaching Practice

Richard Light and Mohammad Shah Razak

10. Swimming: Second kick in butterfly

Richard Light

11. Performing in chaos: Coaching transition for young triathletes using Positive Pedagogy

Juliet Paterson and Kass Gibson

12. Teaching javelin in a Singaporean school

Richard Light

13. Teaching for motivation and awareness in children’s and youth gymnastics

Bianca Couto de Aguiar

14. Boxing technique

Richard Light

15. Positive Pedagogy for Strength and Conditioning in women’s soccer

Letitia Price

16. Beach sprint starts

Richard Light

17. Teaching climbing techniques in Singapore

Mohammad Shah Razak


Stephen Harvey

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Richard Light is Professor of Sport Pedagogy in the College of Education, Health and Human Development at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He is a prominent figure in research on, and the development of, athlete-centred coaching. Richard’s experience as a coach was in school sport as a primary and secondary school teacher and at high-performance levels in rugby and martial arts, where he coached national champions in karate and kickboxing. Stephen Harvey is Associate Professor of Coaching Education in the Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy at Ohio University, USA, and a prominent figure in research on games-based coaching (GBA). He is an international field hockey coach and works with USA Field Hockey. He also coaches at a local soccer club and has led coach development sessions for numerous organizations, including the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) in its National Team Coach Leadership and Development Program.

Stephen Harvey is Professor of Coaching, Health and Physical Education in the Department of Recreation and Sports Pedagogy at Ohio University, USA, and a prominent figure in research on games-based coaching. Stephen is a licensed physical education teacher who has coached a collegiate national championship winning team in women’s soccer as well as junior and master’s level international field hockey teams. He coaches at a local soccer club and has led coach development sessions for numerous organizations, including USA field hockey and the United States Olympic Committee. Stephen recently qualified as an International Council for Coach Education Coach Developer through participation in the Nippon Sport Science University Coach Developer Academy.