In-game Adjustments: Differentiating Results vs. Process

Check out Mario's explanation in the video below and read on for Snell's situational example of differentiating good and bad processes. Watch, read, learn, enjoy!

Differentiating results vs. process
Just because your team is scoring doesn't mean your team is playing well; just because they're scoring doesn't mean you're not playing great D. Constructing internal goals for what your team’s systematic success looks like can help lead to fair and effective evaluation and in turn help you decide if and when in-game adjustments are necessary.If your team D strategy goal is oriented towards stopping the huck and you force the other team to throw 20 passes but they still score then you probably still played GREAT defense and there may not be a need to change anything!

Situational example
Goal: Your team defensive strategy coming into the game was to play tight downfield person defense with back pocket positioning (backing or pushing the cutters under).
Observation: Out of the first 5 points of the game, your team is scored on from the other team hucking 4 times. During this time you dialogue and also recognize that these hucks are coming from power position (the other team is gaining upline cuts from their handlers or cutters are receiving the disc with their momentum carrying them up the field and in and advantageous position to huck).
Reflection: You ask yourself whether or not the downfield positioning is bad process or bad results? You decide that it has been good process with bad results. This means your overarching downfield defensive strategy does not need adjusting.
Adjustment: So what does need to change to help create better results? You decide that you have to make your adjustment at the point of attack (i.e. handler defense) because the other team is able to throw great hucks due to little to no pressure because they are receiving it in a favorable hucking position.

The Takeaway
Know the difference between outcomes and process. You can control and affect your process, whereas the outcomes are less in your control. Identify and prioritize your processes, and make adjustments to those in order to give you a better chance for positive outcomes.

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