Scouting for Intangibles: Fostering Culture Through Intangibles

August 30, 2021|
Scouting for Intangibles: Fostering Culture Through Intangibles by Ryan Guenter


What is that some “thing” a player possesses that creates a champion, or, conversely, a bust?

That is the question my University of Alberta colleagues, Dr. John G.H. Dunn & Nick L. Holt, and I set off to explore when we pursued the following research title: “Exploring the ‘Intangible Player Characteristics’ that Junior Hockey Scouts Consider when Evaluating Draft-Eligible Prospects."

The eventual results would find their way into the 2019 edition of The Sport Psychologist (volume 33, issue 4), under the title “Talent Identification in Youth Ice Hockey: Exploring ‘Intangible’ Player Characteristics.” As such, the foundation of information presented herein relies heavily upon the UofA research as well as other empirical studies pertaining to talent identification (TiD).

The ultimate decision to write this book was motivated by a desire to share the results minus any of the literary restrictions that are required for research and/or publication within an academic journal. In other words, presenting the information in a less formal writing style with the literary freedom to share my own opinion was appealing. I also felt that a simplified version might help solidify some components of the results.

The goal from the outset was to provide useful information for young athletes from any sport that hope to be discovered, selected, drafted, or signed.

Additionally, parents of young athletes might benefit from information about the scouting process, and the considerations TiD experts use to make final decisions. However, while the supporting evidence was drawn from other team and individual sport research, my own study was conducted specifically within the sport of hockey.

Title:Scouting for Intangibles: Fostering Culture Through Intangibles
Format:Kobo ebook
Published:August 30, 2021
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781525595400

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