Posted by taniajane on 1/9/2013 9:11:00 PM (view original):
wouldnt stamina play in to this equation???
Theoretically, yes, but stamina is a category where teams tend to cluster within a very narrow band, so in a practical sense it's very rare that I actually see a disparity between two teams that impacts my decision on tempo. On an individual player level, my low-mid 90s stamina players average about six minutes more per game than my starters who are in the mid-70s for stamina over the course of a season, So for a ballpark guesstimate, I'll say a gap of 15-20 stamina points nets 5-7 minutes difference in PT per game. On a team-to-team level though, you could probably fit more than 75+ percent of the teams in an entire division within half that stamina spread. So is my opponent getting to play his starters 2.5-3.5 minutes longer than mine important...yes...but if I feel I have an advantage in Ath or Spd, is it significant enough for me to want to change my preferred tempo as opposed to my defensive positioning? I go with the latter. (and maybe that's one of the things that's holding me back in my coaching career in this game...not claiming to be right, just stating how I do things and if someone wants to tell me what I'm doing wrong, I welcome the difference of opinion!)