Teams Score Winning Potential

    Caliper Sports helps pro teams make the most of draft picks and develop
    good chemistry

    TORONTO, June 14 /CNW/ - With so much attention focused on the top two or
three draft picks, sports fans sometimes forget that there are a host of
talented young athletes for Canadian Pro Teams to select from each year.
According to Andrew Case, managing director of Caliper Sports in Canada,
whether your favourite team has the No. 1 first round draft pick or the No. 30
first round draft pick, coaches and managers should consider the potential of
each of the possible picks as well as how that individual will fit into the
existing team.
    "All of the young players who reach the draft are incredibly skilled and
physically strong. But teams need to ask themselves if these new recruits have
what it takes to win - do they have the psychology of a winner," said Andrew
Case. "On another level, teams also need to consider if a new player will
complement the current team structure - because every time you add someone
new, be it through the draft or a trade or even a new coach, it has an impact
on team chemistry."
    Caliper Sports works with dozens of major-league teams, such as the
Toronto Raptors, Detroit Pistons and Chicago White Sox, to assess players'
potential using the Caliper Profile. Validated by more than 40 years of
research, the Profile measures personality traits and provides insight into
individuals' characteristics, motivations and potentials.

    Team Synergy

    While it's easy to focus on potential superstars, in some scenarios a
team may need a player who can step into a secondary role - particularly if
they already have a superstar (or worse, a Prima Donna). Conversely, if a team
does need a superstar and are in a position to draft one, management should
make sure that person has the leadership qualities to bring up the level of
the team's play as a whole. There are many examples from the world of pro
sport in which a superstar has actually disrupted a team and taxed coaching
    Case points out that sometimes a team with winning chemistry doesn't even
require a top-scoring superstar. "Great team synergy can result in success
beyond the skills of each individual player. In these cases, the sum of the
collective is greater than the team's individual parts."
    Caliper recommends that coaches and managers consider the following
personality traits in their search for new young stars:

    -  Coachability - Can the player take direction and is he willing to
       listen and learn? There are varying degrees of coachability. For
       example, some players like to do things their own way yet they are
       still willing to take on a new role if asked to do so. A Prima Donna-
       type would be a selfish player who also has a low level of

    -  Self-discipline - Players with self-discipline don't require a lot of
       hand-holding - for example, they don't need to be told to workout,
       eat right or control their emotions. They would also be disciplined
       about following a plan or strategy set out by the coach.
       Self-discipline is often a quality found in athletes who are good
       'team players.'

    -  Ability to perform under pressure - Refers to players who are capable
       of elevating the level of their play in the final minutes of a game.
       These 'clutch' players don't worry about the implication of making a
       wrong move and are willing to accept responsibility for their
       actions. That gives them the ability to 'just go for it.'

    About Caliper

    Based in Toronto, Caliper Canada is a psychometric assessment and
consulting firm that helps organizations hire the right people, build team
synergy, measure engagement, evaluate and develop high-potential performers,
and develop and implement effective succession planning. Regardless of the
position - from elite athlete to CEO - the Caliper Profile provides a clear
and accurate picture of individuals' strengths and areas for development in
the context of specific roles and organizations. Caliper Sports is a division
of Caliper, a global organization that has assessed more than two million
individuals and advised over 25,000 organizations worldwide. Clients range
from large multi-national corporations to major league sports teams to
start-ups and entrepreneurs. For more information on Caliper Canada visit

For further information:

For further information: or to schedule an interview with Andrew Case,
please contact Palette PR: Melanie Rockliff, Martin Waxman, t (416) 703-9859
ext. 14, 11, c (416) 508-1363, (416) 569-0501

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