Is the stroke only as good as the worst rower?

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Is the stroke only as good as the worst rower?

Postby DN-Novice » October 12th, 2017, 2:39 pm

How much motivation and change can a stroke execute in the shell during a race? Is he/she only as good as the worst rower?
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Re: Is the stroke only as good as the worst rower?

Postby jackarabit » October 13th, 2017, 1:29 pm

If the "worst" can't follow the stroke, there will be a new "worst" in that seat with better skills than previous occupant. Presumably the worst in the boat is chosen from the best of a larger pool of talent. That's the ideal in training. The harsh reality of racing is compensating for weakness rather than revealing it. The pack is the strength of the wolf and the wolf the strength of the pack.
There are two types of people in this world: Those who can extrapolate from incomplete data

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Re: Is the stroke only as good as the worst rower?

Postby strider » October 27th, 2017, 9:13 pm

If the worst in a boat is bad enough, better to row a 7.

BUT a poor rower either will not listen, will not watch others, or is clueless as he/she only watches his oar, and forgets he/she is in a TEAM boat.
And the coxswain can see oar work. If the coxswain is not correcting the poor rower, nor the guy behind him, multiple people are at fault.

Its not that difficult to row decently.
Gaining strength and endurance is different, and requires time. A lot of time.

Slide together.
Move torso exactly like the person in the seat you see in front of you.
Move oar in parallel to the others on your side.
Put oar in the water perpendicular to the surface.
Catch with them.
Pull.
Extract with them.

Improve the weak link, and there will be no weak link.
If everyone allows him to be terrible, none of you are worth as much as you think.
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