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Army Crew Team Essay

2541 words - 11 pages

Name : Abdullah Alelew
Case : The Army Crew Team

Section I
What is the setting of the case i.e. the type of industry, the firms, operations, and nature of the environment/market[s]?

What appears to be the issue(s), concern(s), problem(s), challenge (s) and/or opportunities and their significance for the organization?

The Case takes a place in the United States Military Academy at West Point, and it pertains to the rowing ...view middle of the document...

By using a device that mimics the motions required to race in water, coaches were able to measure and compare individual performances with a great deal of precision. Rowers used the ergometer to train for technique and endurance and were systematically tested around the year against one another and against their own previous record. Along with the ergometer training, rowers also did a lot of weight lifting exercise to complement rowing training. Records from both ergometer and weight lifting were used by coaches as reliably comparable and objective assessment tools to evaluate crew members’ individual, strength, skill, and endurance.
Rowing is a sport where the collective effort of the whole team is vital for success, effective team work is as essential as individual skills are. In races, crews competed as pairs, fours, and eight-oared units of rowers. The boat with eight rowers holds the highest regard among rowers and is considered to be the prize crew. The seats in the eight-oared boats were numbered from one to eight and each seat having a special role that requires different specific set of characteristics or treats in the rower occupying it. Besides the rowers, each eight-oared boat has a Coxswain; a member that sets in the back of the boat and steers the rudder, coaches, motivates, sets the race strategy, executes the coach’s plane and report any issues to him accordingly. For optimal results and ideal performance, all eight rowers in a boat must try to have their rowing movement synchronized as best as they can. If one member of the crew goes out of rhythm he could slow down the whole boat because the rowers would no longer be synchronized. This requires significant mental strength from crew members and a lot of faith and trust among teammates. It is practically impossible to maintain a perfectly synchronized rowing rhythm throughout the whole race. Indeed, the best performing teams were the ones who can best adapt to their members mistakes. When a rower makes an error and his strokes gets off pace with the team, it is important for the rest of the team members to abstain from trying to correct the error by adjusting their own stroke. Doing so will only set off a chain of irregularity in team’s beat. Instead, rowers should maintain enough faith in their teammates and simply believe that whoever made the mistake will correct it with his next stroke, and that the boat will recapture balance and continue at maximum speed.
Rowing is a very competitive sport and requires a great deal of devotion discipline, team effort, and commitment. A research conducted by the U.S. Olympic Committee to determine the key elements of success in rowing by asking coaches of different extent of expertise to point out what they thought to be the most significant dimensions for achieving top performance in the sport . The research concluded that coaches identified four major issues of concern: 1) strength and conditioning. 2) Rowing technique. 3)...

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