Geno Auriemma: Why Body Language Matters

Ice Hockey Coach Body Language

Kelvin Cech

Steady contributor in multiple roles over the years at the coaches site, current head coach of the West Van Warriors Academy U18 Prep Team, former MJHL coach of the year with the Winkler Flyers and assistant coach with the UBC Thunderbirds Men's Hockey team.

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This is perhaps the most important video I’ve watched this year as it pertains to my coaching career.

For the past few years as I’ve worked with players ranging from 8 years to 18 to 26, I’ve struggled to answer a simple question.

Why does body language matter?

I mean, as coaches we know it matters, we know bad body language is aggravating and doesn’t accomplish anything and we know positive energy and visible passion is good.

But Why?

Why does bad body language create such a negative impact? Surely each player is an individual and one poor personality won’t affect the actual on-ice performance of a teammate, right?
Not so, says Geno Auriemma, the head coach of the University of Connecticut’s Women’s Basketball Team since 1985 (!).

“They haven’t figured out what foot they’re going to use as a pivot foot and yet they’re going to act like they’re really good players.”

For Auriemma, the influx of sports on television, highlights, and seeing the game from every possible angle through social media channels is twisting the role model relationship young athletes have with their heroes. It’s leading to bad body language. It’s part of what’s defined his entire recruiting strategy.

UConn Women’s Basketball recruits people who:

This is perhaps the most important video I've watched this year as it pertains to my coaching career.

For the past few years as I've worked with players ranging from 8 years to 18 to 26, I've struggled to answer a simple question.

Why does body language matter?

I mean, as coaches we know it matters, we know bad body language is aggravating and doesn't accomplish anything and we know positive energy and visible passion is good.
But Why?
Why does bad body language create such a negative impact? Surely each player is an individual and . . .

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