Hey Coach: The beginnings of Strategy… get ready!
Welcome to another addition of Hey Coach! I have had some great email conversations with interested readers on a number of topics and the number one topic that keeps coming up is strategy. Let me start by saying that everything that we have talked about prior to this; practice, delivery mechanics and brushing, has a huge impact on what we can talk about in strategy. A team that is underperforming by shooting 50% or less, or a team that is shooting 100%, truly do not need strategy. The team that is underperforming needs a little luck, some basic information to help get some points on the board and likely some technical assistance. The team that is shooting 100% can simply call whatever type of game plan they want as they will make everything!! Strategy becomes important when our players start shooting above 50%. It becomes like chess and you “skips” out there, can start to think about primary questions in the game. Let’s start with a basic definition of “strategy” that I will pull directly from our coaching resources:
Strategy is your team’s basic means of achieving its intended outcomes in a specified game situation, and provides general guidance as to the types of shots you should select.If we break this down it provides with some guidance: “achieving its intended outcomes”: This means you need to have some. Winning would be our primary outcome, but it also comes down to each end and what we would like to do. We have always used the three questions in curling:
- What do we want?
- What is acceptable?
- What is unacceptable?