What is important in recruiting? How to find talents in sports?

We found a nice article about “how to find talents in sports?”.

Athletes’ performance is not only about physical talents, so why we are so obsessed and focusing often too much on physical testing and physical abilities of potential champions?

The “big six” indicators of a player’s performance potential – the Performance Potential factors are:

  1. Physical abilities;
  2. Personality characteristics;
  3. Playing skills;
  4. Performance abilities;
  5. Pedigree (i.e. genetic makeup);
  6. Preparation ((i.e. environment, family, culture).

To read more, go to how to find talents in sports?


Kids Sports Psychology – Talent vs. Work Ethic

Kids sports psychology – which is more important talent or work ethic?

Talent is overrated. A talented athlete without willingness to prepare will not be successful in the long run.

Bringing up work ethic is one of the best things a parent or coach can do for the kids in sports.

We found some good suggestions for parents and coaches to develop a good work ethic in their kids.

How to Bring Up the Work Ethic?

Praise kids’ effort – not the results.

No false praise. Don’t praise, if the effort was clearly lacking.

Let kids know that athletes who have the work ethic will be successful in the long run, over the natural athletes.

Teach kids they often can’t control the outcome, but they can control the effort they put to prepare.

Tell kids you consider them a success, when they have had the will to prepare – no matter what the result is.

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Volleyball Coaching – What Is Talent?

What is talent?

This article is not an easy read, but try to read at least the bold sentences:

“Psychologist K. Anders Ericsson strongly suggests that skill emerges out of deliberate practice rather than being born in a person.”

“Ericsson’s research suggests very strongly that what is really in short supply in the cultivation of expert performance is not initial ability, but rather expert coaching and motivation to continually develop greater skill.”

I hope this article gives motivation for the coaches and players to keep practicing.

What is talent?