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Talent Identification and Loyalty

Talent Identification and Loyalty

Carrying on from our topic on Talent Identification for speed and power athletes.

Here is a story i will be sharing with the readers. An Australian coach friend shared this there were 2 boys who were 17 and ran 12.1 and 12.2 they had approached other coaches and they got rejected by all of them.

The coaches said the boys were too old and not fast enough so my friend coached them, within 3 years the boys ran 10.6 and they went to Australian nationals the two of them can hardly believe it they said on the day “could you have believed 3 years ago we will be here”. “Nah bro no way i never dreamt this” well after they both ran well at nationals including 21.3 and 21.6 PB in a 200. 

A coach approached them and said “Hey you guys are very talented but u will get even faster if your with me” unfortunately the boys recognised he was one of the coaches that had rejected them when they ran 12 secs at the start … the boys said you know that guy there that guy there and pointed to my friend.

HE IS OUR COACH. AND HE BELIEVED IN US. WHEN WE RAN 12 secs HE IS THE ONLY THAT BELIEVED IN US. AND NOW YOU ARE NOW COMING TO US WHEN HE HAS DONE ALL THE WORK WITH US. TO GET WHERE WE ARE TODAY. HONESTLY YOU ARE ONLY INTERESTED NOW CAUSE OF HIS WORK. SO WHY DON’T U GO AND ASK HIM. …

The coach then went to my friend and said why did you teach your guys to be so mean. He responded they are not being mean they are being realistic. that is what you call loyalty.

And yes it was loyalty by the boys…. The coach then went to my friend and said your athletes are very arrogant. He responded You didn’t want them when they were starting you said can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
So if they are now 3 year older than before what can you teach them ? Coach said ( me ) I take anyone who wants to learn and doesn’t disrupt the group dynamics.
You only want to take the achievers. Both coaches are really using talent identification. One is doing it before the results are achieved one does it after .
My point is this I have seen athletes in the Philippines change coach for as little as 1000 Pesos where is the loyalty?. 
What baffles me is in a country of 100 Million+ People how some coaches are very eager to grab athletes from other coaches rather than develop their own talent. I mean the Philippines has  alot more people than Australia’s 25 million.

Second Point: Coaching Accountability

On a good structured program athletes should be improving their performances every year they are with a coach. Understandably the first year will be the biggest jump in performance.

But there should still be annual improvements each year while the athletes are in their prime years. Coaches who cannot improve athletes really need to take a look and re-evaluate their programs or let the athlete go to a coach that can improve them especially if the athlete has had 2-3 years of No improvement.

This is what is known as “COACHING ACCOUNTABILITY”

Which in Athletics can vary as far until the age of 25 to 30 years of age depending on the event.


For More Information on Talent Identification

Andrew is an ATFS Statiscian in Athletics with a wide range of knowledge in measurable sports. 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 is current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Currently, he is coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is working towards his Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles.

He can be contacted on [email protected]

By Andrew Pirie

Andrew is an ATFS Statiscian in Athletics with a wide range of knowledge in measurable sports. 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 is current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Currently, he is coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is working towards his Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles. He can be contacted on [email protected]

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