Game Day Checklist
|5-10 minutes||Look at opposition|
|– what are they doing|
|– patterns of attack|
|– identify key players|
|10-15 minutes||Look at own team|
|– are they doing what they are supposed to be doing|
|15-20 minutes||Detach yourself from the game|
|– what is going on|
|– act like a commentator|
|– what is happening v what should be happening|
|20-25 minutes||What can be changed?|
|– usually certain things stand out|
|25-30 minutes||Statistics & any other reports|
|30-35 minutes||Put together 1/2 time talk|
Utilize alternative tactics ~ Make substitutions ~ revisit checklist above
- Preferred methods and side. Key players
- Outlet control. Press, drop away, leave certain players open, man to man marking.
- Are they marking man to man any of our players?
- What is their preferred attacking style? Fast/slow build up, which side
- Penalty Corners. Defence, what positions do they run to? Does the goalie run/stay.
- Penalty Corner. Attack, Positions and variations.
- How are our outlet controls working? Is any player not doing what is required? Are we following our match plan? Is it working?
- How are individual players performing?
- Defence and attack as a unit
- What changes need to be made? 20 minutes to go each half. Do we go for broke if behind?
- Specific Tactics. Kill the game, attack right or left side, backs to run the ball out or transfer, interchange of forwards.
Hints for Effective Pre-game and half time talks
- Deliver only a few messages
- Convey a sense of control, composure, and conviction rather than anxiety
- be positive and use praise to reinforce appropriate behaviour in athletes and the team
- speak about an opposition player or team
- concentrate more on communications related to tactics and strategies
- prepare the address with the following structure:
- begin with a commentary on the previous performance during the game (especially on what the opposition has been doing)
- provide solutions (tactics and strategies) that are informed by an analysis of the oppositions performance
- finish with a short motivational analysis