Last Updated on October 5, 2022 by Andrew Pirie
Recruiting Athletes in the Philippines
Originally posted Aug 26, 2013
RECRUITING ATHLETES IN PHILIPPINES TRACK AND FIELD
There are three ways I can think of which come to mind for recruiting athletes.
However, we should be applying coaching ethics and protecting against poaching which is the biggest problem limiting Philippine Sports today.
1. Our grassroots programs e.g., find at the Palarong Pambansa and other such meets
- Batang Pinoy
- Regional Palaro Meets
- Palarong Pambansa
- School Meets
- Manila High school meets
- Milo Little Olympics
We have already covered 3 Filipinas in the Final of Vietnam is an excellent example of being grassroots programs with three athletes who came through the Palarong Pambansa system initially, maybe not being the best at that time but later developing their skills.
Unfortunately, grassroots on its own is not enough; we need to look at how we can retain senior athletes. Part of the equation is the depth-based development of events rather than focusing on one or two individuals.
And can do this by providing a good calendar of competitions and organizations such as the PPVC and Throwers Circle promoting events and supporting and nurturing the development of talented coaches who are working together rather competitively t benefit a larger range of athletes rather than just a few individuals as an event is likely to produce a continuity of future champions.
If all funding is pooled into one individual rather than the event
- What happens if the individual gets old?
- Gets injured?
- Decides to work
- or has other issues that prevent them from continuing.
Then we are back with 0 if we forsake continuity of the next stars in that event.
2. Persuade athletes from other sports to take up Track and Field. E.g., we have a lot of talented triathletes who could excel at 10k etc
- Road Running
- Volleyball (jumping events)
- Baseball and Softball (Shotput and Javelin)
- Basketball (jumping and throws, smaller Bball such as PG/SG for sprints and hurdles)
- Gymnastics (Pole Vault)
Option 2, We are yet to explore option 2. The idea of Option 2 dawned on me after seeing Alistair Brownlee run 29m07 for the 10k. It got me thinking about how the best Triathletes, roadrunners, duathletes, and endurance sport type athletes. In the country would fare over the 10k. I welcome any comments on this discussion point.
3. We have about 11 million Filipinos working overseas and a greater number of Filipino parentage or mixed parentage. A lot of these athletes have
Also, consider that athletes from this group cannot make it to the national team in Athletics. It might be good enough to make it on the national team in other sports.
The term Fil-Heritage has been coined as it is more appropriate for athletes of Filipino mixed parentage. Or who are living overseas, or those of Filipino origin who now moved overseas.
We are avoiding using the term Fil-am, which stereotypes the limited capacity thinking that all Filipino’s overseas live in the states. When the Filipino community overseas is a lot more global than that.
We also avoid the use of the term Fil-Foreigner. This is trying to class athletes of Filipino origin as not really part of the Philippines.
Already we have provided a good article on recruiting athletes two twin female sprinters who have already made the IAAF qualifying criteria for the World Youth Championships, and we are awaiting the response of PATAFA in regards to the documentation they need to provide us and sent a letter last week.
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Andrew was elected Vice President of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians in 2020 after being a member for 7 years.
He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant, and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. And Currently is Consultant Coach with VMUF 2021-
Current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program.
Coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles.
Currently working towards a Masters Degree in Education.
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