Video 4 – Decision making – Touch

Video 4 – Decision making – Touch

Video 4 focuses on the team and individual decision-making aspects of grammar of games that are evident within overall gameplay and throughout movement skill sequences. The first two clips highlight decision making as whole, and the timeframe in which decision making occurs to effectively demonstrate movement skills, in both touch football and cricket. The first clip highlights the decision making process as a whole in an offensive situation within a touch football gameplay. This clip highlights that the offensive team commonly dictates the temp of both the game and decision making. This can be seen in the video as the Australian team chooses when begin their chosen movement skill. This is majorly different to the timeframe of decision making for the batter in cricket, which is depicted in the second clip of this video. Demonstrated in the clip, the timeframe for decision making of the batter is much shorter, with the tempo and timeframe of decision making being dictated by the bowler. This being used as an individual strategy and tactic by varying the bowling speed to build pressure on the batters. This varying timeframe due to this tactic can impact on the effectiveness of decision making, and the immensity of accompanying movement skills (Gréhaigne, Richard & Griffin, 2005). In the next clip, the focus of the skill sequence is on the sweeping player, and his ability to use his positioning as a tactical play to try and create a positive force ratio for his team. This player uses his positioning to hide himself from the oppositions line of site, by using his teammates as a ‘wall’ to block clear vision of his position allowing the offensive team to create a force (Gréhaigne, Richard & Griffin, 2005). The utilisation of posture and position as an individual strategy and tactic, deceives and surprises the opposition by having an extra player in the immediate play space, creating the positive force ratio, helping the movement skill result in a touchdown (Gréhaigne, Richard & Griffin, 2005). The final clip also demonstrates the major influence of posture and position in field territory invasion sports. In the final clip the hooker of the movement skill utilises his posture, by straightening his run before passing as a tactic to engage both middles to create and positive force ratio for his team (Gréhaigne, Richard & Griffin, 2005. The half’s postural change to straighten up his body indicates to the defence that he may either go short side or open side, engaging both middles. Engaging both middles by using this tactic initiates a defensive action rule, (described by Gréhaigne, Richard & Griffin (2005) as an unwritten rule that provides some sort of focus to how games should be played), for the defending link and winger, to ‘crash in’ and focus on touching their inside player. The defensive team following this common action rule, creates the force ratio for attacking team, resulting in an unmarked winger which the offence capitalises on to score a touchdown.

– Gréhaigne, J., Richard, J., & Griffin, L. (2005). Teaching and Learning Team Sports and Games. New York: Taylor & Francis Group.

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