Purpose. Proper multi-level selection of talented youth is one of the fundamental aspects of qualified sport. The common autotelic approach to selection in sport, based on the measurement of individual traits and abilities and excluding any pragmatic aspects of different sports seems highly insufficient today. Each specific sport features its own factors affecting athletes' development and constituting important selection criteria. Thus, a heterotelic approach accounting for the specificity of different sports allows ontogenetic profiling of young talented athletes in view of their dispositions to act under varying circumstances. Basic procedures. The presented theoretical model of holistic perception of playing dispositions was verified by way of interdispositional identification of candidates for the Polish national team, who after a two-year training won the European championship in cadet volleyball. Main findings. The data obtained showed that each player featured a specific structure of traits and abilities understood as volleyball playing dispositions. It is assumed that individual dispositions can be - under different circumstances and to a different extent - combined into more complex structures called interdispositions. Conclusions. The exemplification of the theoretical model showed that playing dispositions could and should be studied in an interdisciplinary manner. The holistic approach to the player's individual traits makes his or her profiling more comprehensive, which affects the development of skills and performance assessment methods.