This is our house!
Is home field advantage real and why? Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman wrote a book called “Top Dog” that discusses the science of winning and losing.
The book cites scholars who believe what many people assume, playing a game at home gives the home team a deep sense of defending their territory.
And that deep sense of defending their territory is enhanced by testosterone.
The hormone of competition and collaboration is testosterone.
According to the book some studies have revealed that testosterone is likely a cause of why home field advantage is in fact an advantage.
Familiarity of the home environment and home fans does increase the chance of the home team winning but testosterone is a primary reason why home teams have the home field advantage.
Both females and males have testosterone at different base levels. But what is important is how much your testosterone rises from your individual base level.
When your testosterone base level increases the ability to compete increases and home teams get an additional boost of testosterone because of their deep sense of defending their territory.
There have been studies on European soccer teams who had to play an entire season before no home fans because the fans were banned for the season. There was still a home field advantage for the team without any fans because of the increased level of testosterone.
Scholars have expanded the studies of home field advantage to address neutral sites, especially in the business world.
In the business study one party arrives just fifteen minutes earlier than the other party at a neutral site to negotiate a business deal.
The early arriving party dresses up the room like it is their home office and the early arriving party was much more likely to have come out of the meeting with the better business deal.
So the next time you have an athletic contest at a neutral site arrive early and create a home environment which will give you home field advantage.
“TOP DOG should be mandatory reading for every serious athlete, coach, and managers—both on and off the field. Amazing science, terrific storytelling, and insight to burn.”
- Pat Williams, cofounder/SVP, Orlando Magic and Basketball Hall of Famer