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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Talent ID – Profiling Players, Progressing Talent, Producing Stars 14-18 Years
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”
Ulster Under 17
Under 14 / 16
Under 10 / 12
Regional Squads International / Provincial County,
Higher Education & Development Squads
School & Club
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”
The Process of Identifying Talent:
What we are looking for in talented players?
Can it be accurately measured?
How can it be measured?
How do we check for progress?
Physical Based Assessment
Skills Based Assessment
Functional Based Assessment
Characteristics of Winners
Training Load & Social Diary
Typical range of movement from other disciplines (prior to entry to The Institute)
What are the key aspects of a good training environment?
Are they evident in your club/county?
Which ones are missing?
(family / friends)
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”
“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”
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’
“I want to win all tournaments, but being the best me – that’s a little more important”
Commonly found in talented individuals
Symptoms of a FMS:
Low effort syndrome
This is the path of stagnation!
Aware that talents can be developed
Abilities are build over time
Above average but not always the most genetically talented
This is the path of opportunity & success
Without addressing the mental deficiencies we are limiting the chances of producing professional footballers”
“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
“it’s important that I am able to establish the right level of communication, this is very important for successful management”
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”
Data from many research projects
Told, shown & with your input
Told & Shown
Recall after 3 weeks
Recall after 3 months
Athletes report, during competition mental attitudes account for 80% of their success. Few training programs train their athletes to control their mental attitudes
Team Talks/Training sessions
Bio-dermal feedback training
Turning a Skill into Skill Resilience
THE EFFECTIVE DEVELOPMENT COACH
high quality coaching
Key outcomes of a player centered
1. Increased self awareness
2. Increased self reflection
3. Increased responsibility and understanding
of their own performance
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
“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