Questions tagged [strategy]

Questions regarding planning and direction of a team at a high level, usually initiated by a coach or other manager. Requires a tag for the particular sport to provide context.

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Blanking second end after blanking the first

In curling it is advantageous to blank the first end, resulting in a presumable advantage in the remaining odd number of ends. Do I blank the 2nd end?
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What strategic considerations go into passing at an attempt in events such as high jump?

So in high jump, the bar gets increasingly raised and athletes can elect to sit out a given height. I guess one reason for that is to preserve energy. But then what are the drawbacks of sitting out? ...
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Breathing techniques for pull up and chin up, or rings or high horizontal bar

When we do pull up and chin up, or similar motions in the Rings (Olympics sports), or high horizontal bar, Are there recommended ways to breathe in order to maximize the amounts of pull up and chin ...
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Why did the yellow jersey and challengers (in the peleton) wait so far back during stage 19 of the 2021 Tour de France?

Can someone explain this strategy? In stage 19 of the 2021 Tour de France, Pogačar (Yellow Jersey) and anyone else in the top 10 of the general classification remained in the peloton and as such ...
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How to beat a fast and consistent tennis player?

This is the player I have tried, but can barely get games on her: Lower 5.0 - very fast, probably the fastest in the league. Self taught ugly strokes, flat forehand but uses a forehand western grip. ...
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Which soccer/association football statistic gives the most comprehensive assessment of a player in his or her position?

There are defenders, midfielders, forwards and goalkeepers. If I want to compare non-keeper player to player, which statistic is the best? In reply to answers below, if the synergy is important, is ...
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How to beat a defender 1v1 on the wing?

Imagine you are 1 v 1 with a defender, you accelerate to one side, and once both of you are at full pace you change direction. If the defender knows that I will change direction, but doesn't know when,...
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What's the point of winning the opening tip off in basketball?

In basketball, if you get the ball during the opening tip off, the other team gets the ball at the start of the 2nd and 3rd quarter and you only get the ball at the start of the 4th quarter. So there ...
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Are the way that substitutions are utilised in soccer optimal?

From empirical observation (I have no statistics), it seems fairly common that 3 substitutions are not often made in football (soccer) games and if they are the final one is usually late after the ...
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Why do NBA stars keep playing in playoff blowouts?

The 2017 - 2018 NBA conference finals have had several blowouts where by the start of the 4th quarter one team is clearly going to win, yet stars are playing many of these garbage minutes. For example,...
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Why do teams take knee before halftime?

I'm interested in the following situation: a team in American football possesses the ball with less than a minute left in the first half of a game and is facing a long field to score. Oftentimes, ...
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Are there sports in which game theory is explicitly used?

Game theory [interactive decision theory] is mainly used in economics, political science, and psychology, as well as logic and biology. I believe that I know that tennis serving and football penalty ...
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Why would a football punter turn and run the ball into his own end zone?

In the Jets vs. Chargers NFL game on 2020-11-22, LA were about to punt from their 28 yard line with 8 seconds left. However, the punter turned and ran into his own end zone, giving NY two points. What ...
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What does it mean to "bring back a rider" in bike racing?

I was watching the "30 for 30" episode on Greg Lemond on ESPN. The video (Slaying the Badger) had interviews with previous teammates of Lemond. One of them was Andy Hampsten and in his ...
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How to handle a short ball which has dropped below the level of the net

If I am a bit late to a short ball which has dropped below the level of the net I tend to hit up fairly crudely and the ball will land somewhere in no mans land which can be easily attacked by an ...
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Why did Japan stop to play just before the game ends on a match vs Poland?

Japan seems to stop to play the game on the additional time on a World Cup match vs Poland, for about 2 minutes. But the score was 0-1 and Japan was going to be defeat if they cannot score before the ...
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Do they ever pull the goalkeeper in football?

In ice hockey, teams that are losing will sometimes pull their goalkeeper late in the game and bring in an extra attacker to increase their chances of scoring and tying the game. Do teams ever pull ...
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How can one estimate distance covered while spot-swimming?

I’ve been finding it difficult to track my progress while swimming with a swimming cord. Is there a swim watch or tracker that can provide an estimate of the distance covered while training like this?
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Why do teams almost always pass on 2-point conversions?

I found an article saying that from 2011-2017, there were 506 two-point conversion attempts in the NFL, and 79% of those plays were passes. Is there any explanation for why teams pass so often on two-...
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What's the best refuelling strategy in Formula 1?

I'm interested in how race strategy changed during the refueling eras. Say we have a 60 lap race, you could pit on lap 20 and 40, or you could pit on lap 21 and 42. I wanted to see which strategy ...
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Why do only the NBA teams that are already up start pressing at the end of the game?

In the ends of most games, one team is ahead by a varying amount of points. When this happens, the losing team starts doing a full court man to man press. Wouldn't it be logical for both teams to ...
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Is there a reason for "one set full out" strategy during deadlift for reps event in strongman competitions?

I have seen a few records of "deadlift for reps" event in various strongman competitions and it seems that they do all out first set quite often, no matter how much time left till time limit. This is ...
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When should the playing 11 be decided in a cricket match?

I often see a thing in the cricket match broadcast, that the captains are on the pitch with a match official(commentator) and the toss would be done. Then the two captains will talk about the pitch ...
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Does icing a fieldgoal kicker actually work?

It's a common strategy in most levels of football to call a time out shortly before the ball is snapped prior to a field goal. This is called icing the kicker (as it makes the kicker wait through the ...
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What makes Stealing Signs wrong?

Edit: I originally asked this question in 2016. This was before the scandals of the Astros and Red Sox came to light, where the teams allegedly used devices such as cameras, smartwatches, and trash ...
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What is the best role for a low fitness player in futsal?

I used to play futsal; however, I got a little over-weight and lost my fitness recently. I love the game and in the same time do not want to be a weakness point for my team. What is the position (or ...
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Are Hookers the only players allowed to take lineout throws?

When lineouts take place in Rugby Union I have only ever seen Hookers being the player who takes the throw in. Is it in the laws of the game that only a Hooker is allowed to take the throw? If it is ...
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Why would an offense not put anyone on the free throw lane?

In the 2019 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship game, with 22.5 seconds left in the second half, Texas Tech had Norense Odiase, a 62% free throw shooter, at the line for what CBS announcer ...
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Better to fall down after interception in end zone?

As I understand it, if a team intercepts the football in the end zone and is then tackled or falls, it is a touchback and the ball is moved to the 25. However, if the player who makes the ...
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Why do coaches reveal the actual formation of their squad in association football?

Commonly, before a broadcast football game you will see the positions of each team's players on the field. Now since this can't be enforced as a rule, wouldn't it be strategically benificial that ...
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"Pressing high" in football (aka "soccer")

I've heard the term "press high" repeatedly while watching the World Cup. What does it mean? Do teams that press high generally enjoy more possession or less?
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Origin of Counter-attacking style of play in football?

Counter-attacking is one of the most used playing strategies in football. After searching for history of this style of play I came across Wikipedia and Independent articles which mention the first use ...
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Can a football team force its defeat, e.g. via own goals?

On Thursday at 2pm GMT, the football matches for group H of the World Cup 2018 will begin. By 4 pm GMT, the fate of that group will be decided. Let us assume that Japan comes first and Colombia ...
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Proper grip of blade for shakehand

When holding the paddle, where should I grip the most tightly? I've been told to hold the paddle loosely because it makes it easier to switch from various stance. Are the main pressure points around ...
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Why would a team trade for then waive a player?

Why would the Atlanta Hawks trade for Carmelo Anthony to immediately put him on waivers? Is it just to clear cap space?
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Why goalkeepers usually don't guard at the near post during free kicks?

During free kicks at an inclined angle to the goal, goalkeepers usually stand at the far post, not near post. Source: AS Roma Twitter From my experience, usually the attackers will slot the ball ...
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Are there strategical differences between two-man and four-man bobsled?

During the winter Olympics, I notice that there is a bobsled event with two men per sled as well as a bobsled event with four men per sled. Are there strategical differences between two-man and four-...
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Why do curlers blank on purpose?

Watching the 2018 Winter Olympics games I've noticed a few times that the team with the hammer doesn't go for an easy shot on their last stone. Instead of just putting the stone on or near the button ...
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Asian handicap bets combination

What happens if I bet on 5 games over 1.0/1.5 goals and 3 of them ended over 1.5, but the rest two only with one goal? How is the outcome calculated?
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what is the purpose of a 'Squib' kick in the NFL?

What is the purpose of a 'Squib' kick in American Football?
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What was the first team to use the 1-3-1 Forecheck

I'm a big hockey guy, but over the last 2 or so seasons I've seen the Tampa Bay Lightning use the incredibly boring 1-3-1 forecheck. As you see in the picture below, the Tampa Bay Lightning (blue) is ...
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What is the role of a "false 9"?

Recently I read a few articles about strikers playing as a "false 9". My understanding of a "false 9", is that he is a striker whose purpose is to pull defenders out of position so that his teammates ...
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Why did the Netherlands put in their backup keeper for the PKs?

In the Netherlands v. Costa Rica World Cup game played on 5 July 2014, the Dutch substituted their keeper at 120+1', clearly solely for the inevitable penalty kick shootout. I'd expect the starting ...
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What criteria does each batter in baseball's batting order have?

I've heard analyst say that a player has been under performing as a batter in the heart of the order many times, or that a bottom of the line up batter has been doing well for its position as of ...
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Is it possible to place a fielder other than standard fielding positions?

Is it permitted to place the fielders other than the standard fielding positions terms in international cricket match? To be more specific, can a fielder be placed in between the mid-on and long-...
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Zonal marking vs man marking

In our 7 vs 7 league, we employ a form of zonal and man marking that is formed out of necessity; during free-kicks or corners we have a man-to-man marking that has been both successful and ...
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Source(s) for Learning Cricket [closed]

I would like to learn the game of cricket. Not necessarily to play. I enjoy watching it, but don't really understand what is going on. I have watched some youtube videos that explain things, but I ...
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How to take advantage of an opponent's second serve

On two matches I lost recently, I thought I hadn't taken advantage of my opponent's serve. One had a pretty short and dinky with a some weird spin (she had some shoulder problem). The other one had ...
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How do pro baseball (or cricket) players decide who should catch a fly ball?

In baseball, it often happens that a fly ball is hit where two or more fielders would have a chance to catch it. In that case, the fielders have to agree as to who will make the catch. If they ...
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How Does the 2005 Offside Rule Amendment by FIFA Stretch the Game?

Here are a couple of reference for the background on the topic http://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2010/apr/13/the-question-why-is-offside-law-genius and the book ''Inverting the Pyramid'' Chapter ...