I remember growing up some tactics used in sports that I just don’t see anymore. I don’t know if it’s just a change in sports mentality (like how 2nd base plays a lot cloer to 2nd than they used to), lack of coaching fundamentals or something else. My big ones are:
Baseball: I just don’t get battlers looking at called third strikes. Sometimes the announcer will say “He was looking for a breaking ball.” but that still doesn’t excuse not even trying to swing and maybe getting a foul. I see this at all levels and it used to be coach would kick your ass if you didn’t swing at ANYTHING clase. Now it’s “Oh well.”
Basketball: What happened to the hard foul? I’m not saying knocking the shooter to the ground but when you fouled the shooter you made sure to hit the ball/hand/arm hard enough so they couldn’t shoot. Now adays you give their hand half-a-sissy-slap and they finish the drive and lay it up. Why even foul them if they still are going to shoot the ball?
Football: Remember coffin-corner? It was the sideline between the 5 yard line and the goal line. When was the last time you saw a punter angle the ball to the sideline on a consistent basis? The level of kicking is so good now (yes place kicking is different than punting) and so are returners that if near midfield it makes no sense to give them a chance to return or punt a touchback.