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Team Announcements, Moves, Retirements, etc.

Discussion in 'The Sesh' started by goenKendama, Jul 27, 2020.

  1. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

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    Metro Manila, Philippines
    The are a lot of separate threads announcing one player or another on DS but I thought it might be interesting to see what's going on across the community if we had one location for player announcements, moves, retirements or other things going on in the sponsored and/or team players (sometimes players join a team not a brand).

    Let 2020 be the start date for this and if you know of any players getting on to teams from this year post their announcement videos, IGs, etc. here for people to check out and discuss.

    With that in mind here are the latest team member announcements from Sweets.








    Also from earlier the Matt "Sweets" Jorgenson announcement (?? not sure where they actually announced it).

     
    Jul 27, 2020
  2. Emil Apostol

    Emil Apostol DS Legend

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    Philippines
    What are everyone's thoughts on these signings? While I'm happy for them, there are so many female kendama players out there who have a much higher skill level than these three.

    Not to say that they are not deserving, or that Sweets was wrong in doing so, but I am skeptical about these signings. Need to know more about the 3 women to see where Sweets is coming from.
     
    Aug 2, 2020 at 11:31 PM
  3. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

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    Metro Manila, Philippines

    I would imagine that most companies sporting a "pro" (or brand) team have their own ideas about what they want in their members. Some might lean more toward skill and competition, others toward personality and community involvement. I've seen a number of posts regarding the traits valued in a pro and it would seem that skill is not the end-all be-all in the decision making process for most teams. Pros are basically living breathing marketing for a given brand so it's not just how well they play kendama but their personality, energy, how they interact with people, involvement in their communities, and even their draw/appeal in a given demographic.

    Though goenKendama specifically isn't remotely in the same category as the big companies, we also look for the qualities above plus a teaching element in our team players. All of our team members are very hands-on with excellent people skills and a lot of patience; they're primarily teachers. They're not just supporting our brand but bringing kendama to people of all ages who may have never even seen a kendama before. While major brands have been making tutorials forever, in the last couple of years, direct teaching has also become more of a focus for many; Joshua from Sweets comes to mind.

    Regarding the new team players you reference it's likely they met the criteria Sweets was looking for in new members. I don't have any inside information so this is speculation. It was likely more about who they are rather than just what they can do. It might also have a good bit to do with the communities within which they are active and how they are perceived within that group. Sweets is kind of known for reaching out into different groups to bring new players in from outside the normal kendama community; think Reed Stark, Boogie T, Boo Johnson.

    Here are a few other threads where aspects of this were also discussed:
    Why can't they be pro players?
    Pro status
    Pros worthy of pro mods. . .
    The flow team: on sponsored, non-pro teams and players
     
    Aug 3, 2020 at 4:31 AM
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