On last week’s GAINcast we looked at best practices in talent identification. But as we said, talent identification means nothing without talent development. On this week’s episode we dive deeper into talent development and look at how to best put a system in place that gets the most out of the talent you have identified. After all, talent only equals potential, not success.
Highlights and Quotes
Throughout this episode we covered talent development from several different angles. We started by putting talent development in perspective, then put it in context using some case studies and discussing various talent development models.
Talent development in perspective
- 1:00 – How talent and development cannot be separated, plus Bondarchuk’s definition of talent.
- 2:30 – The first question to ask when developing talent: what is the end result?
- 5:00 – Build a broad and deep foundation in physical literacy at a young age.
- 6:00 – The correlation between youth and senior success. “Talent only equals potential, not success.”
- 9:15 – “Progression is the key to development and it is not linear. “
- 10:30 – Frank Dick’s approach to talent development.
- 12:30 – How long does it take to develop an athlete? A critical look at the “10,000 hours” concept.
Case Studies in talent development
- 14:15 – Case studies: Olympic decathlon champion Bob Mathias and Olympic javelin champion Keshorn Walcott.
- 17:30 – Centralization and how an organization or federation can better support talent development.
- 19:15 – “Talent development should look at the whole person, not just physical development.”
- 21:00 – “You need to grow the coach along with the athlete. ” “Don’t let the coach’s limitations hold back the athlete, but the solution is to upscale the coach.”
- 22:45 – Understanding the differences between biological maturity, chronological age, and cognitive development.
Talent development models
- 23:45 – The maturation model and the California Interscholastic Federation’s exponents system.
- 26:00 – The bio-banding model.
- 28:30 – The Australian Institute of Sports FTEM approach: Foundations, Talent, Elite, Mastery. With the FTEM model age boundaries are largely arbitrary and provisions for transfer from one sport to another.
- 31:30 – The Swiss talent development approach and comparing it to school-based sports programs in America.
- 35:00 – “Physical education is the basis for talent development. Provide opportunity for more play and less structure. “
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The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
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- On GAINcast 78 last week we provided a in depth discussion of talent identification that serves as a good primer to this week’s episode. We also talked about long-term development on GAINcast 69 with Patrick McHugh.
- Vern has written about long-term athlete development on several occasions. You can read more here and here.
- For some thoughts on Bondarchuk’s approach to talent development read this article or check out his book Champion School.
- Frank Dick’s approach is laid out in more detail in his article for the IAAF’s New Studies in Athletics journal. You can learn more about the AIS’s FTEM model in this article.
- One book recommended in this episode was Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson.