Orchestrating talent development: Youth players’ pursuits towards elite level and implications for coaching practice

The aim of this study was to investigate athletes’ contemporary experiences of their pursuits toward the adult elite level within a Scandinavian team sport setting. The athletes in this study were involved in multiple teams that were led by different coaches. 12 youth handball players, aged 16–17 years, with national team experience were interviewed in-depth. The interviews were transcribed verbatim and an inductive analysis was undertaken. The findings revealed five main themes central to the players’ pursuits: (a) time pressure and prioritising; (b) complimentary influences; (c) conflicting goals and demands; (d) balancing load and recovery; and (e) coordination challenges. The conceptual notion of coach orchestration is shown to be potentially relevant to understanding the role of coaches involved in talent development. In this paper, the concept of coach orchestration is expanded to encompass what coaches must consider to facilitate individual development within and across different team settings.
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Subjects: junior elite sport youth juniors athlete development target motivation coach coaching talent sports game handball
Notations: junior sports sport games
Published in: Cluster for Research into Coaching
Editors: Manchester Metropolitan University
Published: Manchester 2015
Pages: 1-21
Document types: power point presentation
congress proceedings
Language: English
Level: advanced