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What type of qualities do you need to have to be a scout?

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Matthew’s Answer

It is very important to have the intellectual capacity to encompass all the analytics behind the sport you're scouting for. When I say intellectual capacity I mean the ability to understand every single statistic within the sport.

For example, baseball is comprised of the most statistics of any sport by a considerable margin. Knowing each statistic, how they correlate with one another, and how performance ties to these statistics is essential when scouting.

The other thing I would recommend is experience. Being able to get in the mind of a baseball/basketball player is a lot easier when you've played the sport yourself. I would recommend trying to scout for sports you've played and are passionate about.

Matthew recommends the following next steps:

Play the sport
Write down what you believe are the most important statistics to identify whether a player is good or not
Compare your statistics with that of professionals
Don't be afraid to ask for help
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John’s Answer

You have to know what coaches look for in players. There is so much more to sports than statistics. What do you see the player do or not do that doesn't show up in the stats? I'm talking about things like hustle, desire, perseverance and being a good teammate. . . . I also recommend reading any book that a scout has written or for articles about scouts. For almost 40 years, I've carried around a quote from a top baseball scout, George Genovese, on what he looked for in players: "Above all else, you look for desire, the willingness to sacrifice everything. He has to have the tools. But a lot of guys have the tools."
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