Tryouts: 7 Factors Other than Talent
FOR ALL PARENTS
There are several factors that coaches consider when making team decisions other than talent. The talent aspect is obvious -talented players are what coaches look for on the ice when it comes to performance, but there are other aspects coaches use to make their final decisions. Here is a list of a few:
All coaches look to their team leaders for the same 6 essential qualities that can mean the difference between a good season and a bad season. While it is believed that some people are born leaders, leadership can be developed through practice and conscious effort.
Parents spend countless hours and thousands of dollars developing the physical skill of their children to excel in their chosen sport. Coaches know that physical skill is only one essential quality in selecting key players. It's the intangible, sometimes immeasurable qualities that make a player invaluable to an organization. Parents, players and coaches who work to develop these 6 essential qualities will see their efforts pay off.
Summary: Many recruiters look more than what is visible on the ice. It's not surprising that they often want to know more about a player’s personality and leadership qualities than their skill. Physical skill speaks for itself. It shows up in the paper and in team stats. Leadership qualities are not as easily summarized but of equal importance to the success of an organization. To win the opportunity to prove yourself on the ice and perhaps more importantly, in life, develop the art of leadership.