- Imagine if I were a college coach. That’s 1 “strike” on the player in the recruiting process. It was JUST enough to make me question your work ethic. This will definitely raise some red flags for the savvy college coach. In many instances, these are the things that will ruin a players chance to be recruited by certain schools.
- Negative body language WILL have an impact on your teammates. For the players that are working hard to compete, they will be inwardly (and sometimes outwardly) frustrated with the teammate that consistently shows negative body language on the field.
- Negative body language WILL have a negative impact on your own performance. Negative body language is typically an indication of lack of confidence or lack of care. Neither are helpful for individual performance.
On the flip-side, imagine if this same player were to sprint out to their position, be a constant encourager for their teammates, and have a consistent work ethic?
Now you have a player that has the following going for them:
- Interested college coaches just became a little more interested.
- Teammates feed off of their positive body language and energy, which in turn has a POSITIVE impact on the entire team.
- Your own performance will improve naturally with better focus.
Positive body language permeating throughout a team will help all of your players “feel good” and lead to better performance.
This has to start with the coaching staff. None of us will handle all of these areas perfectly, but making them a priority will put you far ahead of a lot of teams.
As coaches, we will need to help many of our players understand the importance of having positive body language. Hopefully each player will want to do what’s best for the team and be receptive.
But you have to start somewhere.
Sometimes that starting point is helping them see the impact their body language can have on the performance of their team AND themselves.