Setting the Table for Body Language Runway

Sports is a game of ebb’s and flows and ups and downs. How you handle those ups and downs are usually communicated to everyone else through your body language. Do you often pout with your head down? Do you cross your arms in an act of defiance? Is your inability to stand-up straight an indicator you lack confidence?

Oftentimes players struggle with poor body language simply because they can’t see what they’re saying.  Because they can’t see what they’re saying they also don’t think it’s having a negative effect on their teammates.  Unfortunately, their poor body language is communicating a negative message that needs to be eliminated from the team.  It has the potential to hurt themselves, the team and can also give the opponents a competitive advantage.  During this exercise your players will be able to see their body language front and center and allow them to look into the mirror.

"“I had never thought about my body language until the runway exercise. We were able to guess the language so quickly which made me realize my body language speaks pretty clearly.”"
Girls Field Hockey Starter

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Body Language Runway Example Video

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Body Language Runway Exercise Reminder Card

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Body Language Runway Quiz Questions

Use these questions below to engage after you have taught the exercise.

  • Why is it important to be mindful of our body language?
  • Our body language never stops ___________.
  • How can we speak a language without ever speaking?