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The Psychology of Gamesmanship
How to Manage Mind Games and Tricks.
An unscrupulous player, trainer, or coach does not abide by the concept
of good sportsmanship. He wants to win and will use any means
not specifically forbidden in writing. He exactly follows the letter of the
rules, but not the spirit. Every type of distractive tactic will be used to
give himself or his team any advantage, however small.
These tricks can be subtle or obvious. An expert gamesman will use a
variety of tricks and traps that are not immediately recognizable. Only the
consequences bear testimony of their effectiveness. An unskilled amateur's
effort will be so obvious that even young children can recognize the blatant
effort to bend the concept of fair play.
Become educated on the subtle and unsubtle ways of competitive
psychology. Once the concepts of gamesmanship are understood, knowledgeable observers (referees, officials, and spectators)
spot these attempts. When aware of an effort, effective steps can be taken
to nullify, deflect, and even trap the instigator.
Table of Contents
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PRIMARY SHARKING TRICKS & TRAPS
Attention Deficit Disorder
Back & Forth
Call Every Shot
Clothes & Accessories
Drinks in Turn
How & Why
Late to Begin
Powder & Chalk
Stand By Me
Waiting to Play
Waive the Penalty
TRICKS & TRAPS
Am I in your way?
My stick is better
Start and Stop
The Gang is All Here
Some Final Words
About Hustlers & Gamesmanship