I was just reading the discussion on idris.org about “what is strategy.” It’s something I haven’t really thought of before, interesting. When we think about things in the abstract, it seems like we should all be looking to make the Perfect Choice every time we have the disc. By Perfect Choice I mean the choice that gives your team the highest percentage chance of scoring this goal (not necessarily the highest percentage pass). I also think it’s probably a rule that the more options that I have the less likely I am to choose the Perfect one. It’s too much to ask of your players/teammates to tell them to just go out there and throw the pass that’s going to lead the highest percentage scoring opportunity every time. In game situations a guys being stalled, he’s probably being fouled, if he’s on Chain he sees guys running all over the damned place – bottom line - players aren’t going to select the Perfect Choice every time.
From this perspective, I would argue that strategy is an elimination of options – or perhaps hopefully the establishment of a hierarchy of options. For example, when x happens our job is to first look deep, if that’s not there look for the under, if that’s not there let’s dump it and hit the swing, etc. In a sense, strategies replace the search for the Perfect Choice with the search for the Correct Choice. The Correct Choice is the throw that the team has decided in scenario x because experience has shown the Correct Choice to lead to a high percentage chance of scoring.
From the perspective of strategy being the elimination of options, I think it’s possible to see the danger of over-strategizing. Over-strategizing would be setting up a system that eliminates too many choices. Our strategies need to be flexible enough to allow our players to be creative within the framework of our system.
I realize that I’m rambling a bit so email me or post if something’s not clear, or if you just think I’m nuts.