“The commander must decide how he will fight the battle before it begins; he must make the enemy dance to his tune from the beginning and not vice versa.”
Viscount Montgomery of Alamein
“If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six sharpening my axe.”
Simply put, your team will execute in direct proportion to your level of preparation.
I’ve noticed as a former college basketball coach and now a high school coach, one thing rarely changes (regardless of level) – the team who spends the most time reacting, usually loses.
A sure-fire way to ensure your team ACTS rather than REACTS is to prepare more diligently than your opponents. As a coach, when is the last time you thought of personnel rotations according to various defenses you’ll potentially face or situations you may be placed in due to foul trouble? Being prepared for these not-so-often occurences will save you “figure-it-out” time during a contest.