The Performance Pathway

Raw Talent Defined

In order to identify raw talent it is first necessary to define what this is.
In badminton terms, raw talent can be defined as:

“A person displaying high levels of competence in generic sporting abilities that
underpin badminton specific skills”.

This definition is consistent with motor learning theory. Abilities are seen as relatively stable and genetically endowed whereas skills are taught.

Existing raw talent identification systems have tended to focus on people who have already had significant badminton skills coaching, so in that sense we have not truly been identifying raw talent. A significant step would be for badminton to introduce strategies that identify raw talent that has not necessarily been exposed to badminton skills training to any large degree.
This raw talent may come from:
Children (6 +) who may have had little exposure to sports coaching
Older people (11+) who have had a lot of exposure to sport but not necessarily in badminton

The Raw Talent Identification Tool
The aim of the Raw Talent Identification Tool is:
“To identify people who demonstrate a high level of competence in core abilities that underpin excellence in badminton skills”.

The tool was devised by looking at the existing tools used by BADMINTON England and then consulting a number of people with a wide variety of expertise. The “abilities” chosen are:

Wants to play badminton
Trainability / Task Mastery
Winning Characteristics
Co-ordination
Athleticism
Tactical Awareness

These 6 criteria form a very simple Raw Talent Identification Tool that can be used to identify talent in a variety of environments, including:

Schools
Bisi festivals
Taster sessions

Developing Performance Programme

The Goal of the Developing Performance Programme

To expand the range of movement and hitting skills and engrain learning so skills are sustainable under increasingly unpredictable, game-like situations.

Where players come from
Players gain entry on the Developing Performance Programme having been assessed positively by the Raw Performance Review Tool.

No. of players
There should be up to 18 Players on the Developing Performance Programme.

Planned activities
The Developing Performance Programme should consist of a minimum of 2 years of planned activities.

Programme duration
Players should be included on the Developing Performance Programme for a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 3 years.
Each year should consist of 38 weeks of activity.

Session duration
Developing Performance sessions should total 4 hours per week of which 2 hours should be singles based training.

Resources
The Developing Performance Programme should be supported by the techniques and tactics outlined in BADMINTON England’s Level 1 and Level 2 Coach Handbooks.

Player monitoring
Players should be monitored using the Developing Performance Review Tool.
Completed monitoring tools should be sent to BADMINTON England on an annual
basis. Performance Centres will be encouraged to internally use these monitoring tools more often.

Player Progression
Players progress onto the Emerging Performance Programme or, after a maximum of 3 years, are invited to participate in activities within the Club Pathway.

The programme should consist of:
- Expanding the movement and hitting skills established in the Raw Performance Squads;
- Challenging players to sustain these skills in less predictable situations.
- Developing improved tactical awareness by the application of conditioned games

EMERGING TALENT
The Goal of the Emerging Performance Programme

To refine movement and hitting skills and enhance tactical awareness so these skills are adapted successfully in competition.

Where players come from
Players gain entry on the Emerging Performance Programme having been assessed positively by the Developing Performance Review Tool.
No. of players
There should be up to 10 Players on the Emerging Performance Programme.

Planned activities
The Emerging Performance Programme should consist of a minimum of 2 years of planned activities.

Programme duration
Each year should consist of 38 weeks of activity. There is no upper limit to the age for players on the Emerging Performance Programme, although Performance Centre may wish to place their own limit.

Session duration
Emerging Performance sessions should total 4 hours per week of which 2 hours should be singles based training.

Resources
The Emerging Performance Programme should be supported by activities in BADMINTON England’s
Level 1 and Level 2 Coach Handbooks.

Player monitoring
Players should be monitored using the Emerging Performance Review Tool annually. Players in this squad should be given more responsibility and review their own progress as well as the coach completing the review.

Player Progression
Players reaching the required standard can be nominated for National Training Days

The programme for the Emerging Performance may be more individualised, with players being given more responsibility for their own development with the support of coaches.

Badminton England Coaching & Mentoring Handbook 2008

Pathways