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Roger Keenan. Talent ID – Profiling Players, Progressing Talent, Producing Stars 14-18 Years. Outcomes. Where are we now? What are we looking for in “ talented players ”? Why & what should we measuring? What is an exceptional development environment? Assessment/Profiling – What & How?

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roger keenan

Roger Keenan

Talent ID – Profiling Players, Progressing Talent, Producing Stars 14-18 Years

outcomes
Outcomes

Where are we now?

What are we looking for in “talented players”?

Why & what should we measuring?

What is an exceptional development environment?

Assessment/Profiling – What & How?

The Mental Profile – coach-ability “the 80% in the mind”

where are we now gaa performance ladder
Where are we now?GAA Performance Ladder

Ireland

Provincial

Senior

Sigerson

EXCELLENCE

Talent ID

Senior

Under 21

Minor

PERFORMANCE

Under 18/21

Ulster Under 17

PARTICIPATION

Under 14 / 16

Development Squads

Under 10 / 12

FOUNDATION

Regional Squads International / Provincial County,

Higher Education & Development Squads

Nursery/Participation

School & Club

Provincial Strategy………………

Sports Institute

research
Research

Recent Studies of Track & Field Sports have shown that many athletes identified at 14-16 are not making it through! Why?

Poor Talent ID Systems – incorrect criteria – no confirmation criteria!

Biological Development (Relative Age Theory) – Physical (Don’t look for what is but what might be)

Lifestyle Choices – Priorities

Poor Talent Confirmation System – no progression/feedback

Hunger – Some believe that they have “arrived”

relative age theory
Relative Age Theory
  • Gaelic Relative Elite Age Theory - some Gaelic players may miss out on a spot at the top level. This is simply due to the month that they are born on. Development difference greatest at U14/U16.
  • Even when groupings are limited to 1 year categories, e.g. U15; U16; U17; U18, development differences can be great. In such cases players born in January and December will have almost a year difference in their age.
  • Ulster Elite Squads U16 – 7 times more people born in first 3 months than last 3
  • 3 out of 4 born in first half of the year
age factored performance
Age factored performance
  • Taking the elite squad and testing their performance in several areas the result was that the older players outweighed the younger always proving age is a factor.
  • Question: Do we take a short term view of what is rather than what might be???
current methods for talent id
Current Methods for Talent ID

The Process of Identifying Talent:

  • Scouting/observation
  • Trials
  • Blitz
  • Club Games
  • Referral/Clubs, Schools, Coaches
  • Training Camps
  • Current Form
  • Profiling/ Benchmarking (IRFU)
task 1 why profile
Task 1 - Why Profile ?
  • To establish a baseline for team/individuals
  • To inform our training programme for team/individual
  • To establish the critical success factors
  • To monitor the effectiveness of our training programme
  • To motivate players & team
  • To establish norms for physical, technical, and psychological development
  • To develop a pathway for success – What should a talented 24 year old look like?
  • To embrace best practice
reasons for assessments
Reasons for Assessments
  • A Functional screen can be used to assess competence in general dynamic movements.
  • A Fitness assessment can identify general capacities of agility, endurance, flexibility, speed, strength and power, and relate these to body composition.
  • A Skills assessment can identify technical proficiency and bi-lateral transfer in developing players
  • Assessments are therefore used to;
    • Establish each player’s strengths, weaknesses and priorities for development
    • Help maximize the sports potential of each player
    • Monitor team/player fitness progress
    • Determine the effectiveness of the training programme
    • Monitor individual player response to training/playing
    • Ensure that a player is ‘fit to play’
task 2 talent id criteria sheet 1
Task 2 – Talent ID Criteria (Sheet 1)

What we are looking for in talented players?

Can it be accurately measured?

How can it be measured?

How do we check for progress?

what to benchmark assessment
What to benchmark? (Assessment)

Physical Based Assessment

Why?

Skills Based Assessment

Why?

Functional Based Assessment

Why?

Characteristics of Winners

Why?

Training Load & Social Diary

Why?

Record Keeping

functional movement
Functional Movement
  • Used to scan general posture & review of previous injury
  • Exercises used to identify flexibility, mobility and / or stability issues
  • Exercises include overhead squat, in-line lunge, double hurdle-hops and active straight leg raise
slide18
The GAA Player – poor flexibility and mobility due to over use and poor programme structure (prior to entry to The Institute)
interpretation talent confirmation
Interpretation & Talent Confirmation
  • Meaningful changes should be highlighted
  • Compare percentage differences
  • Comparisons within positions may be useful
  • Compare results with benchmark data
  • Provide individual feedback to players in the form of a hard copy of their results
  • Realistic individual targets should be set for each player using their scores
summary
Summary
  • The initial assessment is used to establish the strengths, weaknesses, and priorities for development for each player, allowing an individualized programme to be prescribed.
  • This represents a baseline level and further evaluations allow the effectiveness of the individualized training programme to be determined.
  • Although sports performance is multifaceted, improvements in functional movement and physical fitness should facilitate enhanced performance during competition.
  • For any structured yearly training, the coach and sports physiologist should decide on and plan all testing dates in advance. Generally appropriate testing times are at the beginning and end of each training phase, allowing assessment of the effectiveness of each phase. The coach can then use this information to plan the next training phase at both the team and individual level.
task 3 sheet 2
Task 3 (Sheet 2)

What are the key aspects of a good training environment?

Are they evident in your club/county?

Which ones are missing?

player centred coach driven
‘Player centred, coach driven’

Personal

Support

(family / friends)

Performance Analysis

Tactical Development

Technical Development

Coach

Athlete

Mental Toughness

Lifestyle Management

Sports Science

Core Strength

the key areas of athlete preparation
The key areas of athlete preparation

Psychological preparation

Tactical preparation

Technical preparation

Physical Preparation

Lifestyle Management

profile model coach ability
Profile model (coach-ability)

Coach

Mental Toughness

Constructive Evaluation

Learning Style

Motivational &

Working Traits

Mindset

Player/Athlete

(Coachability)

talent that fails
Talent that fails

To maximise your potential you need to have the mental capabilities to deal with setbacks and successes

“The mind messes up more performances than the body”

Jimmy Bolt

constructive evaluation
Constructive evaluation

Constructive Evaluation

“one of the characteristics of a top player is that they are able to deliver a

genuinely honest assessment of their own performance and ability”

Arsene Wenger

self awareness
Self-Awareness

Simply put, it means having an understanding not only of your own strengths & limitations, but also of psychological functions

‘People with a strong self awareness are realistic, neither overly self critical nor naively hopeful. Rather they are honest with themselves’

mindset
Mindset

Mindset

“I want to win all tournaments, but being the best me – that’s a little more important”

Tiger Woods

mindsets
Mindsets
  • A Mindset is a belief
  • Fixed Mindset (FMS)
  • Growth Mindset (GMS)
fixed mindset
Fixed Mindset

Commonly found in talented individuals

Symptoms of a FMS:

Labelling

Low effort syndrome

This is the path of stagnation!

growth mindset
Growth Mindset

Aware that talents can be developed

Abilities are build over time

“Coach-ability”

Above average but not always the most genetically talented

This is the path of opportunity & success

mental toughness
Mental Toughness

Mental Toughness

Without addressing the mental deficiencies we are limiting the chances of producing professional footballers”

Jose Mourinho

the 5 internal c s
The 5 Internal C’s
  • Inner Competitiveness, Inner Commitment
  • Control (Emotion & Life)
  • Challenge
  • Confidence (Abilities & Interpersonal)
inner competitiveness inner commitment
Inner Competitiveness, Inner Commitment

“The body should never tell the mind it is tired, the mind has the strength to out will and

Push the body”

General George Patton

motivational working traits
Motivational & Working Traits

M&W

Traits

“it’s important that I am able to establish the right level of communication, this is very important for successful management”

Arsene Wenger

language behaviour lab
Language & Behaviour (LAB)
  • Purpose is to help coaches gain a higher level of performance in your players
  • Through
  • Understanding the individual by identifying their motivational and working traits through the players language
learning styles
Learning Styles

Both players & coaches need to be aware

Ultimately we are teaching players to play football, if we are not aware of learning styles can we effectively maximize their learning

“Coaching should enhance learning not get in the way of it”

Learning Style

how styles of coaching can affect learning
How styles of Coaching can affect learning

Data from many research projects

Told, shown & with your input

Told

Told & Shown

Recall after 3 weeks

70%

85%

72%

Recall after 3 months

10%

32%

65%

individual mental skills training
Individual Mental Skills Training

Athletes report, during competition mental attitudes account for 80% of their success. Few training programs train their athletes to control their mental attitudes

Mindmapping

T-CUP/Thought stopping

Positive Reflection

Mental imagery

Influencing language

Team Talks/Training sessions

Bio-dermal feedback training

Turning a Skill into Skill Resilience

the brain is like a muscle the more you work on the inside the more it shows on the outside
The brain is like a muscle, the more you work on the inside the more it shows on the outside

Coach

Mental Toughness

Constructive Evaluation

Learning Style

Language &

Behaviour

Mindset

Player/Athlete

the role of the coach
The Role of the Coach

THE EFFECTIVE DEVELOPMENT COACH

Improving players’

performance through

high quality coaching

Key outcomes of a player centered

approach:

1. Increased self awareness

2. Increased self reflection

3. Increased responsibility and understanding

of their own performance

& development

The coach has a clear

responsibility to the players and the

Development programme to help create a

coaching and learning climate that

must be of a higher standard than the

player receives back in their own club

or school environment.

Effort and commitment are obvious

prerequisites to success. However,

they are not enough on their own; the

players’ development will largely

depend upon your coaching

methodology and the effective

delivery of game related knowledge

and skills.

guiding philosophy
Guiding Philosophy

“When winning is kept in

perspective sport produces children

who enjoy being skillful, who strive for

excellence, who dare to risk error to

learn and who develop with practice

and constructive feedback.

When winning is kept in perspective

there is room for fun in the pursuit of

victory – the pursuit of victory is fun”

Geoff Gleeson - The growing child

in competitive sport: Hodder Staughton

(1987)