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Talent ID: Does it Serve its Purpose?

Talent Identification

Continuing along the lines of controversy, Talent Identification (ID) systems are in all sports and have the potential to lift players and athletes alike towards their sporting ambitions, whilst also derailing them if the conversation is not handled in a conducive manner — best to serve a player’s and/or athlete’s future ambitions. Whilst many parents are under the impression that these programs are what’s best for their child’s sporting future, there us a lot of misinformation out there around these systems to programs that are not all good news.

What remains pivotal is that the player/athlete remains informed and is afforded a decision opposed for the decision being made for them.

Too often then not players and/or athletes alike are pulled away from their current coaching environment into a new one without any fundamental adjustments being made. This poses quite a significant risk on the players/athletes development and being inside a Talent ID program is more often than not, not the right decision for the player/athlete as a whole.

This week’s episode looks into the concerns around Talent ID and steps in navigating this process. It remains internal to be mindful of the benefits of these programs but also the risks they also pose. Depending on your sport of choice, these are all slightly different. But, if there’s one thing we know for sure and what the data reaffirms over and over again, is the coach-athlete relationship and its stability. Entering into a new program with a new coach and for this dynamic to constantly be on a rotation, is not what serves the player/athlete for long-term driven ambitions. Choose wisely and remember the triangular dynamic that will keep the team strong and better informed.

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Hiring and Firing Your Coach

Hiring and firing your coach

One of the most controversial topics out there but also perhaps the most empowering, is putting the control back into the players and/or athletes hands to choose who they resonate with best and/or who they like to have on their team. Changing this perspective can be an incredibly rewarding experience for a player/athlete as the roles are somewhat flipped on their heads giving the player/athlete the power to really think about ‘who’ they’d consider as an invaluable additional to their playing future.

Too often than not many coaches manipulate their players/athletes into believing they’re equipped to deliver their lofty dreams and/or aspirations without any prior experience or more importantly, education in really being able to help the player/athlete understand the road ahead and what steps need to be taken over set periods of time.

There’s a whole world of specificity out there and there are also a lot of tools to be leaned on to help upskill and/or navigate the entire coaching process. Perhaps most significantly is an awareness around what skills do you need to learn, at this point in time, to progress further — and the type of coach that is fit-for-purpose. This may or may not be a coach who’ll be by your side for the next 10-20 years, or for the next 6 months.

It’s incredibly important to choose wisely and that is where the parent/guardian comes into play to help their child and aspiring player/athlete look through a new lens and gauge the perspective required to really think about their journey ahead.

It’s an incredibly controversial and yet important discussion to be had and more and more players/athletes should feel empowered to take charge and initiate these conversations with their coaches if they’re not being upfront and tackling the hard questions before they arise!

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Welcome to the Podcast behind the Name

The Coach Parent Relationship

A good six to seven years ago now I was given the nudge to start a podcast. I even went as far as gearing up and even with the GOLD microphone gifted I thought this was it and was super excited. With a few recordings done, I was eager to head into a space I really had no idea about. And then nothing happened.

Well, it did happen but didn’t. The ease of getting into the space at the time was a little confounding and sadly pushed back on my top priority list. In all fairness, is was roughly around the time after my third to fourth book would have come out and needless to say, I still had a LOT more writing to get done. With SEVEN more behind me — that’s right, with 11 x Books to my name, it has been something I contemplated but wasn’t too sure how to begin.

Like many of us, I am sure, it’s about diving in and learning quick and fast and seeing how that goes. So, I just have to give a huge shout out to Spotify and Anchor with their recent integration (merely less than two months ago) which has allowed the once thought hassle to be no more. And whilst I am in the midst of penning my 12th Book (it’s a craft of love!) there’s just so much more to say and do and share with each and every text I’ve penned, it was time to dive in and start giving more.

That’s when it hit me. Don’t ask me how many Chapters I’ve written over the years, but I’m sure there’s quite enough. The premise — to take the listener through these Chapters as my Books all intend, but with the additional insights! I’ve always hoped that my words are akin to taking the reader on a journey in a near step by step fashion in more than one form. On one hand, learning the ropes in a progressive pattern. On the other, heightening the learning curve as the work goes deeper and gets that little more complex — beyond that, I am sure at the best of times when I do confess to getting a little too excited in deep-diving into the work I feel compelled to share.

And there we have it.

Beyond Top 10 Tennis has been coined to share the insights on ‘how’ to get there, but also ‘beyond’ that. That is, the varying dynamics that are integrated in this journey which essentially encompass life as we know it. Little snippets to secrets pulled out here and there with some data to sprinkle on top and commentary that comes from a scientific standpoint — that is, “evidence” opposed to fabricated opinions that run rife in the world from former coaches to former players and we all know the story behind the tale.

My word to all readers to listeners remains true — to share and tell the truth that’s behind the data and to allow this to be a stepping stone for the aspiring players to athletes and those in between. Because after all, the lessons we can learn through sport and tennis more specifically, are adjacent to those we learn in life, too.

Listen now on Spotify, Apple, Google to Amazon Podcasts with all links at Beyond Top 10 Tennis.