Tips & strategy

A player participation program in CNSW used a useful framework for pathways to improved performance in Gateball

FOUNDATION SKILLS

An introduction to the game. The World Gateball Union has some useful introductory material. Follow the Lets Play Gateball and What’s Gateball links to get to this material. The WGU produces a booklet callled Spark Gateball A to Z. Lesson 1 describes the game, court and equipment, lesson 2, stroking, passing gates and finishing and lesson 3, touching sparking and outballs. These are great to print out for absolute beginners.  

Stroking. Developing a sound routine for stroking is important. State Croquet Association’s websites often have an introduction to the four elements of a stoking routine. For example, these links are to the CNSW website: GripStalk , Stance and Swing

Anthony Dask has produced some great videos for us illustrating stroking specifics for Gateball. See  Swing Series (Croquet Stance)

Although most players are encouraged to adopt a croquet swing, these videos introduce different aiming methods, including the Golf Style, in a video called Gateball Aiming Methods . More details on Golf Style and Chinese style are also available.

For absolute beginners, a game without sparking is an idea. See Aussie Gateball

Touching and sparking are the key to success. Developing a routine for sparking is as important as a stroking routine. See Sparking Tips

For left handers, Philip Brown of Victoria documents the process for those who need a left handed instructor.

Basic Skills to practise. Skills cards have always been a useful tool to use. These activity cards match the card.  They can be set out on a court with the required equipment and players circulate from activity to activity during a session. 

Players often develop and use their own and these sets of activities were used in Rockhampton ,Pine Rivers and at Canberra. These Practice Routines   were developed by Gateball Australia almost 20 years ago but are still valid

Anyone who develops variations of these basic skills is invited to send them to info@gateball.com.au for posting on this website

A useful series of videos has been produced by Satoshi, a JGU friend of Gateball Australia. They could be watched on court with a phone. See his videos:

Court and Equipment Passing Gates and Making an Agari  Touch and Spark
Sparking+  Touch Pass Slide Touch
Outball   Bombard Common Fouls
 Jumping Touch Pass Touch  

 DEVELOPING CONSISTENCY

Activities were developed and trialed in early 2019 through the CNSW Player Pathways to Excellence Program. Some of these were included in official coaching materials.   In most cases they require sequences of strokes and sparks that a player needs to carry out to achieve consistency in a competition. 

Before using these activities, it is important to understand the differences between Block and Random Practice. This video is a good place to start

 The activities listed below are examples that provide a player with random practice. A first target could be to complete each task on three consecutive occasions – hopefully, more will be added as players send them in!

Introduction

Bombards and Pushouts

Mini slide fest

Slide to goal pole

Gate 1 Shoot Out

Gate 2 to 3 in style

Make your own

 

MORE ADVANCED PLAY

Gateball Australia continually updates a strategy document which players may wish to make occasional reference to. The latest version can be found here: Strategies . If you believe that approaches have become redundant or are aware of new strategies that are not listed please contact Gateball Australia.

A parallel compendium of skills has also been produced and needs updating by players when necessary.

Scenarios are a great way to train a team for a competition and to develop higher level skills and understanding. It is important to play and discuss them and not just see them as a pencil and paper puzzle.  A scenario and a link to others can be found on this website. Play them, reflect on what happened and give GA some feedback. Anyone who responds with their thoughts and a description, can, in some cases, be sent some discussion notes. Do please also forward further scenarios for inclusion on our website.

A really useful app to allow players to consider strategy is available on the Gateball.Asia website

Further reference materials can be accessed through this link