Assessment 3 Video 2

  • Published on:  11/2/2017
  • Germaine, Richard and Griffin (2005) depict the principle of economy as taking initiatives in view of keeping the ball without denying play, in American football, the principle suits game play quite succinctly ("NFL Smartest Plays Of All Time (2017)", 2017; "Greatest Trick Plays in Football History", 2017; "NFL/NCAA Trick Play Hand-offs", 2017 ) however, the application of this principle differs in volleyball. In the American football examples, the priority of the teams was to chew the clock ("Running out the clock", 2017), intentionally going against principles of play (Forrest, 2017, EDPM202, Lecture 5, Slide 4) and in some cases breaking PR’s. Although applying the principle of economy in sports is questionable (Germaine, Richard and Griffin 2005) in the examples provided, in American football, it is desirable, providing an unorthodox strategic play (Bundrick and McGarity, 2015) to help secure the win.

    In the Philadelphia versus Dallas match, the eagles player easily could have gotten a touch down for his team, but elected to go down, 1 yard out from the in zone. Again, going against FTI games principles of play, the decision of the player suggests a pre-empt strategy of his team, keeping the ball without denying play (Germaine, Richard and Griffin 2005) whilst dictating a plausible collective strategy to advance the ball to the furthest point away from their goal line using their running back and maintaining possession their.

    In volleyball, on the third successive touch of a team, if an offensive shot cannot be played, a free ball is usually returned to the opposition team, usually in the form of an easier receiving pass. Similarly to the application of the economy principle in American Football, applying the economy principle in volleyball also goes against PP (Forrest, 2017, EDPM202, Lecture 5, Slide 4) but it does not go against the PR’s of the sport. Multiple times during the volleyball examples, free ball’s were utilised by a team, the team’s refraining from playing an offensive shot, depicted high levels of GPI, although they would go against PP, by not forcing a harder shot to be made, and going with percentage wise a more successive play, the player’s on the teams would show adherence to a whole team strategy, and convey an in depth understanding of the sport that could be categorized as an autonomous level by Fitts and Posner (1967).

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