I was all enthusiastic to get my young fella involved in hurley but after reading Outliers and Bounce I'm gutted...
His birthday is the 24th December so according to Gladwell he is statistically up sh*t creek.
For those who haven't read "Outliers" the basic premise is than in any sport where the age cutoff for categories is based on the calendar year (like GAA football, hurling & camogie) then if you have been born between January and April you have 6 months growth on the guys born in the last few months of the year.
This is nearly impossible to overcome with practise (you can't grow faster ) so by the bigger kids get all the games, which translates into more experience which translates into better overall players.
My young fella's birthday is December 24th so right now I don't know what to do. I've no interest in signing him up for a sport where he is doomed to be cannon fodder for the 1st team his entire career.
Any stats out there on GAA player success vs. birth month?