The approach

Choose mistake

First of all, it is important to determine whether the crew or the rower is the focus point. It is therefore important to distinguish between:

Individual mistakes: mistakes made by individual rowers.
Collective mistakes: mistakes that most of the rowers in the crew have, but which are essentially individual mistakes.
Team errors: mistakes in the cooperation and interaction between team members.

When a rower's individual technique limits him in rowing with the crew, his technique will have to be addressed first. First address the  technique of individual rowers and only start with the team mistakes when the J-stroke is sufficiently mastered by all rowers.

Prioritise rower mistakes

Looking sideways at a rower, gives a lot of information about the mistakes he makes. Especially when the observation points are used properly. However, the diagnosis has not yet been made: in other words, what are the most important mistakes and what must be tackled first.

The following applies to the prioritisation of individual and collective rowing mistakes

In the boat:

  1. First priority have those mistakes related to the Sliding stroke.
  2. Then mistakes that have to do with the rowing Rhythm.
  3. Finally, mistakes are addressed around the Catch.

In the rowing bin or on the ergometer:

  1. First the mistakes that have to do with an improper body position.
  2. Then the mistakes concerning the movement sequence of the legs, trunk and arms (see: Draw andRecovery).

Prioritise crew misstakes

Bringing the crew central to the team instruction, the priorities for the team mistakes are the following:

  1. rhythm – the basis of the draw, because without those accents in the draw not enough
  2. similarity – the essence of team growing, because without similarity no
  3. balance – the precondition for enjoyable rowing, because without balance no
  4. water-free recovery – the precondition for learning a good rowing stroke, which in turn helps with a good rhythm!

Team mistakes manifest themselves in minute – but noticeable – speed differences between the rowers themselves. By rowing with motion accents, these mutual speed differences can often be eliminated.

Observe: Observe rower(s)
Analyze Choose solution

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