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Questions tagged [tactics]

For questions generally relating to small-scope decisions made "on-the-fly" by players on the field. Questions must be tagged with the sport in question.

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why would a batter awarded a base on balls refuse to advance to first base?

per Official Rules, a batter awarded a base on balls may refuse to advance to first base. why would a batter do that? did such a case happen in MLB history?
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Fencing Tactic for Pulling an Opponent's Blade Out of Line

I fenced in high school years ago and our coach talked of a tactic to pull an opponents' blade out of line, gradually. If I recall correctly, it was done with small attacks, each a bit further out, ...
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Why do multiple offensive players stand near the ball during a free kick?

In soccer, why do multiple offensive players often stand near the ball during a direct free kick, when only one of them is going to end up taking it? Tactically, wouldn't it benefit the attacking ...
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Why did Manuel Neuer leave the goal post and come to the midfield position in group qualifiers?

In the do or die match between Germany and South Korea in 2018 FIFA World Cup group stage, after conceding one goal, the German goalkeeper came forward to attack, leaving the goal post empty. Due to ...
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What is the advantage to ask the Power Play in curling?

I have seen during the Mixed Double olympic tournaments in Pyeongchang that some team can start the end with the pre-placed stones not in the center position but from a side. This is called "Power ...
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What are the differences in sweeping between the two sweepers in the curling?

Mainly the skip asks the sweepers do both sweep actions, but sometimes the skip asks a single player to do action. What is the difference between the sweeping to choose one rather than another ...
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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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What is the science behind reverse swing?

How do bowlers actually get the ball to reverse? What conditions do they need to get the ball to swing and what are some of the tactics used to get the ball to swing?
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Sign stealing in baseball

I don't understand the current sign stealing issue between the Red Sox and the Yankees. I don't understand how sign stealing in baseball actually works. Just seeing a catcher's sign is not enough. ...
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Soccer: How to thwart someone who's pushing you on the back when receiving the ball [closed]

I'm a fairly big guy for a soccer player, which has some advantages and disadvantages. Two of the disadvantages is that referees think that I'm clumsy when I fall over, or that I'm not being fouled ...
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How should I defend against my opponent's jump smash?

I have played badminton for several years. When I play with advanced players, I have trouble defending because they have a very powerful jump smash. I try to defend against it but they smash very ...
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Can the captain change players' positions without permission from a coach or manager?

In football, can the captain move players from one position into another, during the game, without the coach or manager telling them to? Does the coach or manager need to give the captain permission ...
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Shall I always stick to the same move if it works? [closed]

I play basketball and my strongest move is right hand hook shot. I comfortably shoot over 50%. I hit even better if I shoot from left using the board. I can finish a post move this way, but also do a ...
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Rugby formations

Do rugby teams ever use different formations the way football teams do? e.g. instead of left and right wingers, using narrow and wide specialists, replacing a back with a loose forward, etc.
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What does Atletico Madrid do tactically different since Diego Simeone took over?

Atletico Madrid has beaten Barcelona 2-0 recently in the Champions League and they have always posed a serious threat. Other teams have floundered against Barcelona. Apart from utilising Antoine ...
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Why would NFL teams do a fair catch?

I'm still wondering why would football teams do a fair catch if they could run to gain some yards. And, why would the NFL make that sort of rule? Is it because of some sort of safety reason?
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It is true that, during the first years of professional football, teams used to play with only 2 defenders and 5 forwards?

I've heard many times that, in the past (I don't know exactly when, but It may be around 1930 and 1950 decades) football teams used to align using 2-3-5 formation. I know that tactics used to be less ...
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Is an advantage for a left-handed to play vs a right-handed tennis player?

I often listen to the tennis matches that a left-handed has an advantage to play tennis. What would be the reasons of this "skill"?
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What is the primary role of a winger?

Is the winger supposed to stay wide? Does he have a special function apart from piercing through the wing? Does he have to track back?
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What is the different tactics between sending the ball to near post and back post in football corner kick?

In football, some teams always send the ball to near post when they got a corner kick and they fail to score. I wonder why don't they try back post, or short corner kick.
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What does defensive playcalling sound like for American football?

Whenever I hear audibles discussed, it's usually in the context of offense. But obviously defensive players must modify there formations with play calling schemes too. Can someone given an example ...
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Why do ice hockey teams usually replace their goalie after an empty net goal?

In ice hockey, when a team is losing by a goal in the last few minutes, the coach usually pulls the goalie and replaces them with another player, leaving the net empty, but this doesn't matter since ...
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Which is more effective against a net volleyer, backspin or topspin?

If the ball goes to my forehand, I find it more comfortable to use a really junky slice to their backhand, or depending where they are at the net. I find that they get to the ball, but mishit it 95% ...
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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 ...
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Do players share strategies/weaknesses of other players who were their team members

I was reading an interview of Luis Suarez and it made me think... Do players share secrets, weaknesses of other players whom they played with at club level, when they go head to head in international ...
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Why do most coaches save key defensive resources till the end of the game?

This question could be asked of a number of sports, but the example I'm using comes from football. Yesterday, during the wild card round, the New Orleans Saints called a time out early in the second ...
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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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What reasons might prompt a fielding side to request the ball be exchanged for one of comparable wear?

Occasionally, the fielding side requests (sometimes repeatedly) of the umpires that the ball they are using be changed. This is not the request for a new ball regularly available under Laws 5.3 and 5....
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How can an unassisted triple play be accomplished in the majors?

Unassisted double plays are uncommon, but they happen. First or third baseman catches a low line drive and tags the runner who led off and/or took off thinking there was no way you'd make that catch. ...
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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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Bowling tactics for a medium pace bowler in Indoor Cricket?

I have played regular cricket for a number of years but am now not able to spend the many hours required on weekends to play. I have instead taken up indoor cricket. To be specific, this is the ...
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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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Has 4-6-0 ever worked in high level football?

Seeing that Del Bosque is insisting on playing without a real striker in the Euro games, I came to wonder whether the 4-6-0 tactic he's trying to implement really ever worked for a team at this level. ...
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Is the sweeper role obsolete with modern formations?

There has been mention of a role in defense of football called "Sweeper". Wikipedia gives the following explanation. The sweeper or libero (Italian: free) is a more versatile type of Centre back ...
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Tactics to counter pushing

What are the best tactics to use against a player who uses excessive pushing? I play with a group of about 20 guys each week without a referee. Every now and then a player will come along who relies ...
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What are the disadvantages of the wide nine defensive scheme?

Correct me if i'm wrong I've read a little about a wide-nine defensive scheme. Trying to get an understanding of this. From my understanding, a wide nine defensive philosophy depends on defensive ...
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How can I better understand and appreciate curling? [closed]

I have watched many curling matches (games? I'm honestly not sure of the terminology) during coverage of the olympics. I have read the basic rules, which seem simple enough, so I understand the ...
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Why are substitutions commonly made right at the end of the game?

I often see the manager of a winning team making substitutions as the end of the game nears (sometimes as late as during injury time). The player being replaced is not injured, and doesn't time get ...