Doble: Talent and scouts

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By Henry G. Doble

Take Two

Thursday, February 13, 2014


IF YOU have an eye to forecast where a talent will go, you can consider yourself a scout. If you travel a lot and see games where raw and unknown beginners amaze spectators with their skills, you are just fit for the job.

Talent scouts are well-travelled (in the US) and many are envious of guys who enlist all those rookies, regardless of age, in their tablets after stealing some still and video shots.

Among us the more popular ones are team managers, coaches, trainers and referees whose job descriptions fit their livelihood program. So once a talent surfaces in any sport, more likely the first to report or recommend to recruiters, top school officials, mentors, and coaching staff is the scout.

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But scouts are only half of the transaction. If the parents of a star material know how to handle the rudiments of the trade, most likely, the couple will decide the fate of their precious kid.

Regardless of the unsolicited advice, the pressure from all directions and the what ifs and what nots, mom and dad will have the final say. This is understandable since the talent need guidance, a sense of security in school and in his future studies, plus the parents are a must to be close to the children.

In the end, all that matters is that the boy or girl material, feel comfortable where he/she ends up. To finish school, from elementary to college, is the foremost goal. The add-ons are incentives and perks that go with the price of securing the talent for future glory of the team.

Whatever the decision, it is not the scout who will sign the contract but the parents, especially if the subject is under-aged.

For us, we hope the talent accomplishes what he dreams of and be happy where his destiny leads him.

Of course, we should be thankful for all those scouts, mentors and managers who in one way or the other have contributed to the well-being of the athletes they have produced.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 13, 2014.

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