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« on: March 17, 2011, 04:32:10 AM »

Being new to strategies and all i would like to pose a question. We have put together a squad of around 34 players to enter a national tournament and now we are deciding on teams. We have picked two teams of 17. The rules of the tournament are at least 7 players on the field 2 of which are female and 5 guys.

My question comes to the substitution. Should we pair up cutter with cutters and handlers with handlers and substitute on point to point basis or as they get tired and need a sub. Or

Split the 2 teams again and then after say 2 points or so substitute the whole team so in other words 7 go on the field and 7 go off the field.

What are the thoughts on this

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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2011, 12:02:22 PM »

When it comes to any team, it's obviously smart to categorize the players into handlers and cutters.  But when you throw the coed factor in the mix, it gets a bit more complicated.

Pairing cutters and handlers is a nice thought, but only in a perfect world.  What really happens in a game(s) is that people get tired, teams go on scoring streaks., etc.  It's not always feasible to keep the same pairs or even complete 7 player squads on the field at any given moment.  This is where the coach/captain has to think on the fly and substitute players as he/she sees fit.

Your best bet is to designate one or two people on the sideline who can follow the game's progress and dictate substitutions as necessary.


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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2011, 03:47:02 PM »

Ditto on the captain thinking on the fly and getting one or two others to help think it through.

What I do, for the more serious tournament/games, is classify everyone as handler/cutter and as offense/defense, and then some as combo's where they excel at both (of either criteria). Of course every player has to play both O and D, but some are more awesome or have more of a preference to play one or the other.

Then when the line is called for a point, there's a better chance of getting the more appropriate mix and numbers on the field.
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