Assessing Talent in a child
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03-23-2010, 11:23 AM
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Well if you believe the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, the two major factors in skill at that level are age and practice time.
He goes through several high level Canadian hockey teams and shows that a large percentage of the best players on those teams were born just after the cut off date and were segregated after they spent some time excelling against younger competition.
But he doesn't believe innate talent exists, and it seems that the 7-year old you have seen would oppose that. I guess Gladwell's second thought would be to ask how much time he has spent on the ice compared to his peers, but I can't imagine it would be that great a difference.
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