Attitude And Body Language Is Contagious
Tommy Amaker (@HarvardBBall), a PCA National Advisory Board Member, has been Harvard's head basketball coach since 2007 after serving as head coach at Michigan and at Seton Hall. His college basketball career began at Duke, where Amaker started at point guard for all four years, leading the team to four NCAA tournaments and the 1986 Championship game. He was the 1987 winner of the Henry Iba Corinthian Award as the nation’s top defensive player, and he was enshrined in the Duke Athletic Hall Of Fame in 2001. His playing career also includes a gold medal as part of the U.S. national team at the 1986 World Championships.
Amaker knows how critical athlete body language and attitude is to the success of a team. His motto with his team is "Attitude is contagious; is yours worth catching?" As he says in this clip, everyone is bound to have a bad day but the beauty of being on a team is that you are around others who can pick you up and spread positivity.
To reinforce this with his team, Amaker finds teachable moments in video clips of both good and bad examples of body language on the court. He also coaches his bench to bring energy and positivity to the game, showing his athletes how their behavior can impact another teammate's ability to perform.