WTF is Gambler's Syndrome?
I'm glad you asked, Citizen, because I basically made it up last week. Meaning, I haven't really found anything specifically about this thought process on teh interwebs, but I know it exists because I see people falling for it over and over again. Hard core gamblers fall for it, fans fall for it, coaches fall for it, and derby players who don't sit down and analyze their style of play, statistics and footage, fall for it. It's the fallacy that the one good thing the player did on the track makes them excellent. It may be one hit, or one apex jump, or one grand slam in a game of several errors.
|I drew this for Bambi. She doesn't suffer from GS.|
On the other side of the coin, you have people who remember only the one-time mistakes others make. Say you were skating in a game and you got a forearm penalty. The coach or your teammate who suffers from the negative version of Gambler's Syndrome will latch on to that one penalty, and now you will be always known as the player who has a problem with forearms. Isn't it funny how that works? No, it's really not, but I had to say it.
The only way to combat Gambler's Syndrome, either the positive or the negative version, is to study footage with your team. When looking at footage, try and look for the trends you and each of your teammates have on the track. Is the team leaving the inside line open? What are the majority of the team's penalties? Does your team take advantage of the pack definitions? Do they have good track awareness? What do they do consistently well? Is your team a defensive machine? Watching footage with your team constructively, will help clear out some of that Gambler's Syndrome from your league!
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