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Old 02-20-2013, 12:15 PM #1
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what's the deal with sideline coaching?

Been out for a while, never really played with coaching before..
why is this even a part of the sport??

We played a torunament recently and had some major good moves on people that would have gotten us a few wins only to be called out by the opposing coaches right away. I guess that's happened to all of us.

Is there any way that sideline coaching actually helps? I think it really takes away from a huge "tactical" aspect away from the sport.


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Old 02-20-2013, 02:13 PM #2
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Been out for a while, never really played with coaching before..
why is this even a part of the sport??

We played a torunament recently and had some major good moves on people that would have gotten us a few wins only to be called out by the opposing coaches right away. I guess that's happened to all of us.

Is there any way that sideline coaching actually helps? I think it really takes away from a huge "tactical" aspect away from the sport.

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Sounds like it sure helped those teams that beat you!

Use it as a tool to your advantage in the future. Learn to listen just for your coach and tune out the other BS from the sideline.
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:54 PM #3
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It definitely did, we didn't have a coach and that was a reason we lost. I'm not denying having one would have helped us.

My question is more: why did coaching ever develop into an aspect of it in the first place?
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Old 02-20-2013, 03:09 PM #4
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yeah I always felt like coaching was cheating in a way. in basketball or boxing it can make sense but in a setting where knowing where opponents are it seems like its cheating.
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Old 02-20-2013, 03:10 PM #5
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yeah I always felt like coaching was cheating in a way. in basketball or boxing it can make sense but in a setting where knowing where opponents are it seems like its cheating.
my point exactly.
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Old 02-20-2013, 03:13 PM #6
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It basically came around because national events want people who are not necessarily involved in tournament paintball to come out and watch events (obviously, helps grow the sport).

Regulating fans who were new to the sport was near impossible. Having a passer by yelling something to a team, not knowing that it was even against the rules could alter the outcome of matches. As a result, to even things up for both teams, the PSP opted to make crowd participation legal. Thus, coaching is born.
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Old 02-20-2013, 04:34 PM #7
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It basically came around because national events want people who are not necessarily involved in tournament paintball to come out and watch events (obviously, helps grow the sport).

Regulating fans who were new to the sport was near impossible. Having a passer by yelling something to a team, not knowing that it was even against the rules could alter the outcome of matches. As a result, to even things up for both teams, the PSP opted to make crowd participation legal. Thus, coaching is born.
Pretty much. PSP took a similar approach when it came to ramping. Instead of banning it outright like the NPPL tried to do, the PSP made the decision to allow ramping and to regulate it by implementing a rate of fire cap.
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Old 02-20-2013, 05:25 PM #8
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I agree on both sides. I think coaching is complete BS and unfair. But at the same time there is no way from having a coach who sits in the crowd and does the same thing anyway.
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:30 PM #9
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Here's me take on sideline coaching: I DESPISE it.

There's enough noise on the field alone to make it difficult to communicate with my own teammates as it is -- I don't need someone on the sideline who can't even see the game from the players' perspective yelling at me to do something stupid. (Yes, this has happened. Sometimes it's counter-coaching, but sometimes it's my own "coach" who didn't really know what was going on on the field).

My old teammates and I excelled at communication WITHIN THE BOUNDS OF THE FIELD -- without anybody outside telling us what to do. The first time I played with a sideline coach it definitely hurt us more than it helped. I've also been told a false G-count and went to make a move -- only to earn a crotchfull of paint when I went to hang the flag.

I say leave paintball to the people actually on the damn field playing the game!
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:30 AM #10
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The first time I played with a sideline coach it definitely hurt us more than it helped.
you have to practice being coached; it also helps to be able to trust your coach implicitly. You will find the having a regular coach helps far more than a one-off. The coach also needs to know what they are doing. Bad coaching can be worse than no coaching at all. Think of it as another position the team needs to fill with quality personnel.
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:12 PM #11
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I don't like coaching at all, and I don't really get the reasoning for allowing it in order to allow the crowd to shout. There's no reason why the crowd can't shout if there aren't coaches, as there would be so much conflicting information that crowd shouts wouldn't be all that reliable. I think coaching should be removed.
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:22 PM #12
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