Why Are Most Football and Hockey Players Born in January?

Upon reading Malcolm Gladwell’s excellent book ‘Outliers: The Story of Success’ I have come to realise why a large proportion of Canadian ice hockey players aare born in the first few months of the year (particularly January and February). If you read the book (as I have) you’ll read about him seeing a team sheet of all of the best young players in Canada, before realising that 90% of them were born in either January, February or March.

The reason for this is that (like football/soccer in England and most of Europe) young players are แจกเครดิตฟรี ufabetarranged by their age and are put into age groups (such as under 16’s, under 17’s, under 18’s, etc). Each year the best players are picked to go through into the next age group, and the worst players are weeded out and forgotten about forever. The cut off date for each age group is December 31st, meaning anyone born on January 1st will be put into the lower age group, even though they may only be a day younger than their peers.

It seems that the ideal date for a young Canadian ice hockey player to be born is January 1st. The reason for this is that it gives them the most time to grow and mature in order to get an edge on their competition. Obviously they must have some natural talent and skill (not to mention a strong physique), but being born early gives you the best possible chance.

The problem is that most coaches confuse maturity with talent, so many of the best players may never make it, simply because they were born at the wrong time of year.

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