NonverbalCommunication: Coaching By Adam C. Eisler
My Personal Coaching Background I started as a gymnast in my elementary school years. After one short year as a gymnast, I joined the cheerleading team at Destin Middle School in Destin, Fl. My freshman and sophomore year of high school, I was on Fort Walton Beach High School Varsity Competitive cheerleading team. Nationally ranked and known, I experienced extensive training. After my sophomore year, I made the transition to All Star Cheerleading. All Star is simply competitive cheerleading, without the requirements and expectations of school cheerleading (No football games, no pep rallies… Strictly competition.)
My Personal Coaching Background Upon entering All Star Cheerleading at Premier Wildcats of Panama City, I also began assistant coaching to help pay for my tuition. After graduating from high school, I moved to New Orleans where I began cheering for Elmwood Galaxy All Stars, and again, assistant coaching to help with tuition. Now, I am the head tumbling coach of Cheer Force New Orleans, and coach the Ben Franklin High School cheerleading teams.
What is Nonverbal Communication? Nonverbal communications include: Facial expressions Kinesics- gestures displayed through body language Proxemics- physical distance between communicators Eye contact Paralanguage Physiological changes
What’s the Point? Nonverbal communication can allow individuals to: Reinforce and/or modify what is said in words. Display information about emotions. Define/reinforce relationships. Provide feedback. Regulation of the flow of communication.
Nonverbal Communication as a Coach Communicating with athletes as a tumbling coach is extremely important. Safety Security (Trust) Comprehension Body Control
Nonverbal Communication as a Coach Types of nonverbal communication implemented: Kinesics (Body Language) Posture Eye Contact Paralanguage Closeness/Personal Space
Kinesics as a Coach Body Movements: Making an athlete feel: Comfortable Safe Offer information on how to execute a skill Encouragement Providing insight on execution Reinforce something said
Posture as a Coach Open VS Closed Posture Open Posture and Coaching: Interest Comfort Closed Posture and Coaching: Disinterest Discomfort
Eye Contact as a Coach Making an athlete feel: Safe Ready When to execute skills Comfortable
Paralanguage as a Coach Tone and Pitch Speed and Volume Pauses and Hesitations
Closeness/Personal Space as a Coach Making an athlete feel: Comfortable Safe Spotting a skill: Body positions Teaching a new skill Controlling the athletes skill