Art of Deception a Useful Skill in Many Sports

By on January 9, 2012

Society normally looks down upon deceptive people.  They are viewed as untrustworthy, unreliable, and are not looked up as being team players.  However, in the sports world,  the art of deception is not only looked favorably upon, but the masters of the art are considered among the best in the game.  Let’s look at how deception is used in sports.


In badminton, deception is helpful in convincing your opponent that you are a different shot than you are intending.  Depending on one’s ability to slice the shuttlecock, players can successfully convince their opponent to attempt to defend the court in the wrong direct, allowing them to win the point.


In games at online casinos, such as poker, the art of deception is known as bluffing.  When a player is bluffing, they are betting and raising in such a way to try and convince their opponent that their hand is strong than their.  Players that have a solid image at the table can get away with more bluffs because players think they are playing good cards.  This allows them to win more pots via bluffing.


In baseball, the entire team at one time or another employ deception tactics.  The most common deception tactic is the use of signals from the players to one another and from coaches to players.  These are used to signal what plays they are using and keep the other team guessing.


American football players also employ deception by the usage of signals.  However, another common used deception tactic is known as an audible.  The team lines up to run a particular play and then the quarterback calls out orders that informs the players that they are changing the play on they fly.  This throws off the other team and can potentially lead to a big play or a touchdown.


Soccer players often use deception when making shots on goal.  They will use a combination of techniques to deceive the goaltender into committing to covering a particular section of the net.  Sometimes this involves spinning or hooking the ball around the goaltender or being able to slice the ball in such a way that the kicker is trying to kick the ball at one part of the net while the ball is actually heading towards the other.


As you can see from the above example, the art of deception is a commonly used strategy in many sports and games.  Teams and players that are not well versed in deception are usually at a significant disadvantage to ones that are well versed.  If you want to learn more about using deception in sports or if you want to read more about different strategic games, there are plenty of sources on the internet that can get you started.


By Ethan Collin