Every single second on the field in every single position is of value and should be proactive in nature. From talking, shooting, moving, battling and loading you should always be using your time of the game to your advantage. All good players do, but a great player uses their time on the field wisely; key word: wisely. Knowing when to talk, what to say, when to move and choose your battles. These are all game decision scenarios so let me break some down for you by field positions.
As front snake and dorito players, your job is to take ground off the break and push your way down getting cross shot kills and possibly taking out the closest threat to you. And as a front guy, you generally have the most amounts of guns shooting at you. So do you just sit there and hide when three guns are on you? No! You talk. Talk to the guy nearest to you and let him know what you know. Ask him what you don’t know and engage in a conversation that will lead to a plan to get you to your next position. What is only one gun is on you? Engage in a battle. Choose it wisely out of multiple positions of your bunker and make your move. What about when no one is shooting at you? Stop looking inside! Take what is given to you and keep moving down field. These are field reactions that you must engage with based on what is going on. The more field awareness you prevail the better you’ll be at this.
As a front center 50/ W or X player who gets into a sneaky position off the break unseen and your job is to wait for someone to make a move down the tape as you shoot them, it’s a role that involves sitting there and not talking because you will give your position away. So what do you do to communicate? You listen! You listen and you nod your head to your guys talking to you to show you hear them. You can even throw a quick thumbs up if they are looking your way so they know you got the message.
As a mid player, it’s critical that you make your front guy feel comfortable at all times with communication, gun shooting and moves following him up. He needs to be pushing his front guy and protecting him as he also is ready to become that front when needed. The more active and engaged the mid players is with the front player, the more comfortable the front player will become.
As a back player, you’re shooting the most amount of paint. You’re basically shooting the whole damn game and talking your ass off to the mid and front players. But know the difference from talking and communicating. I’ve seen back guys yelling “50 snake 50 snake 50 snake!” at the top of their lungs and their front guy never hears it. Well, you’re wasting your time. Yell their name. Get their attention. And if there is a player between you (the mid guy) talk to him to get your message across. Now we have communication.
The important facts I’m trying to get across in this article is that this game is such a fast game of inches and you will never make all the right decisions every single game. People will get shot and points will be lost. But if you and your teammates are making the most out of your short time on the field with the best possible decisions at hand, you just might find yourselves on the podium Sunday afternoon heading home with the gold.