Set the Table
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.
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Exercise Reminder Card
To emphasize and reinforce the lessons learned in this exercise with your players, download and share this graphic with them 24 hours after completing the exercise.
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?
Coaches, use the below question, reflection, and action to engage parents, guardians, and other family members in the lessons learned in this exercise.
Suggestions on how to use: Email to parents the day you have taught this lesson, add it to the materials you send home, or text it to text message threads with your players.
- Question: Why is it important to be aware of your body language?
- Reflection: When do you feel like you struggle with having positive body language most often?
- Action: What emotion do you want your body language to express this week? What can you do to make sure you intentionally express that emotion?
Coach, take a moment to reflect on the lesson and how you can lead by example to your players.