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Janine Tucker On Eye Contact And Body Language

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Janine Tucker is head women's lacrosse coach at Johns Hopkins University, where she is the all-time winningest coach. As of 2015, she was a five-time IWLCA Regional Coach of the Year and held a 249-129 record in 22 seasons, including a 191-113 mark at the Division I level at Johns Hopkins. An All-America player at Loyola, from which she graduated in 1989, Tucker is an inductee in the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame and has co-written six books on lacrosse.

In this video, Tucker emphasized the importance of eye contact and body language. She works closely with her players on those matters, consciously making eye contact with everyone, for example, when instructing players to let them she know she cares about them and is engaged with them. She also helps them avoid showing a lack of confidence during practice and games through slumped shoulders, down cast eyes or lowered heads.

Tucker explains that eye contact and body language are important as early as age six, and that coaches should take care to smile when speaking to appear less intimidating to youth athletes, which invites them to listen more closely and learn more. "Make young players aware that how they carry themselves will shape who they become," she says, and "Standing tall, even in the face of adversity, can go a long way."