5 Tips For Arranging The Perfect Game

Posted on July 12th, 2012 in Blog.

Arranging the perfect game is an art in itself. Managers at the top level don’t really get to organise their own games, but those at lower levels can really have an impact on what happens and when. Granted, the perfect game would involve a last ditch effort with ten seconds to go, and yet sadly this can’t happen as such an occasion is impossible to predict. But there are things that managers can do to make the game the best it possibly can. Here are five things that all managers should bear in mind when it comes to arranging a game.

The Opposition

Make sure that the opposition is competitive. There’s little point in challenging weaker opponents as whilst it will complete an ego injection it won’t help the team develop. Yes, it’s true that there is a bigger chance of something going wrong and the team being dejected, but it helps. It not only helps the team, though, it helps the manager as they will also develop in their tactical mastery and morale-boosting tactics.

The Place

It’s important to find a suitable balance of home games and away games. If the games are constantly on home soil then its pointless preparation as tournaments and leagues won’t always be on home soil. The team has to get used to travelling as it’s a whole different ball game. It’s a different environment and the large majority of fans will be in opposition. Get used to this new and hostile environment and the team will inevitably go stronger.

The Team

Always make sure that the full team is there. Never put out a weakened team in an effort to appease those who would rather sit around and be lazy. It’s imperative that every game is attacked with the utmost strength in order to provide the best preparation for any future tournaments and league games. Furthermore, it can also help perfect those vital tactics that will bring the trophy home.

The Time

Never organise a game when it’s inconvenient for the team. Sometimes it’s helpful to be firm with a team, however when they don’t want to play they won’t put forward their optimum performances. If they don’t put the correct performances in then it won’t be enjoyable and it will only serve to lower team morale and confidence. Times to avoid arranging games are during the holiday season and during periods like Christmas where people are bound to have other things on their mind.

An Additional Gimmick

When people have the most fun there’s usually more than one thing going on. If possible, try and organise a tuck shop or an after party. Not only will it bring in more people to the game, but it will give everybody something to look forward to. If there’s more going on then the chances are it will also bring more people into the sport, and with a bigger following it will ultimately benefit the team in the future.

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