Strategy and Tactics in Sports Performance

Authored by: Angela Hibbs , Peter O’Donoghue

Routledge Handbook of Sports Performance Analysis

Print publication date:  February  2013
Online publication date:  March  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415673617
eBook ISBN: 9780203806913
Adobe ISBN: 9781136658631


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This chapter proposes a model of strategy and tactics in sport based on a survey of coaching literature in game sports. The nature of strategy and tactics in various contexts is discussed before considering strategy and tactics in sport. The model is described and supporting evidence for the model discussed. The model includes influence of game objectives, regulations, environmental factors, game state and the relative strengths and weaknesses of performers with respect to opponents. The role of decision making and how strategy and tactics manifest themselves in observable behaviour are also addressed.

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