Is a ‘Winged Script’ an oxymoron? Can you just ‘wing’ a scripted game plan? Before we get into the weeds on this one, take notes on your current process. There is no one process to calling plays that determines a successful strategy. We’d love to hear about your process in the comments section below.
In fact, we are in the process of testing out different strategies and seeing if they are at all predictable right now! Check back later to read the results. Or, if you are in the Midwest, head on over to the Midwest Sports Analytics Conference to hear our talk in November.
Some coaches are very strict and scripted. Hell or high water, they will not deviate from their original game plan. Possibly for good reason too. It is likely the scripted coach wants the other team to conform and play to the scripted coaches plan. A classic tenant of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War.
Some coaches are highly adaptable. They work to quickly discover what is working, and what isn’t, then make quick appropriate changes. You could say that these coaches prescribe to the Charles Darwin school of coaching. Adapt or Die.
We are not here to say one tenant is more advantageous than another. What we accel at here at Impakt is helping coaches make their decisions fast. Part of that decision-making process is trying to predict what the opposing coach will do. That is where this idea of a ‘Winged Script’ comes in. With our process, we are finding that while coaches approach game calling differently (looking forward to reading your approaches below!), coaches do so predictably. That is where you, as a coach, can exploit an opponents weakness!
Now, just a warning, the data crunching to figure this out is horribly tedious. If you don’t want to live behind spreadsheets, you can leave that heavy lifting to us.
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