Stereotypes Please Add or Help Revise

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Stereotypes Please Add or Help Revise

Post by Coach Emma » May 3rd, 2018, 10:18 pm

My kids want a list of stereotypes of rowers to put in the boathouse. Please help with your opinions, what I should take out or add!

Stern pair and Cox: Stroke and seven seats along with the coxswain are the three leaders of the boat. They talk to each other after every piece about everything. Stern pair set the rhythm and communicates to the coxswain about what they feel during a row

Bow Pair: The two closest to the bow and have very good technique. They are crucial for the set of the boat but they just talk so darn much that no one ever wants to tell them how good they really are.

Coxswain: A.K.A. Cox. They steer the boat, motivate during races, and complain about pretty much everything to anyone who will listen. That being said, all of that complaining does prepare the boat for anything coming their way. Coxswains are practically the glue that holds the boat together.

Stroke seat: The rower closest to the stern. They set the rhythm and always complain about timing. Stroke seats yearn to be perfect even though in the boat they are the closest thing to it. They communicate with the coxswain, strategizing about literally everything especially for a race.

Seven seat: The most technically proficient starboard rower. They are the eternal pessimist, quite opposite of two seat. There is at least one thing very wrong with the piece or row that they just had. Even if it is a perfect piece, they will come up with a thousand reasons why it was not. That being said, befriending a seven seat is always a good idea. They will tell you the truth whether you want it or not and always have your back.

Six seat: The quiet and serious seat. They often get along with five seats because they do not talk much, but pull very hard. They are technically savvy and help set the swing of the boat. Even off the water they are serious. They are the smart ones in the boat, usually very intellectual.

Five seat: When the rowing gods wanted someone with beautiful quads, they made five seat. Five seats are known for being physically attractive. They are also usually the strongest rower in the boat. Five seats are usually joked for being narcissistic and arrogant. Five seat hears all of the conversations from the cox, stern pair, and bow pair. They hear it all so be careful what you say! They are often confused because of the conflicting opinions between the bow being positive and the stern being negative, but they usually just ignore it.

Four seat: They listen to anything and everything to improve no matter who says it. They want to have perfect technique even if they don’t. They listen to everyone’s critiques on the boat both good and bad and think about it through the next part of the row. They tend to overthink from the loads of information they are absorbing and thinking about especially when there are conflicting points of view. Four seats also pull really, really hard.

Three seat: The daydreamer with technique that is not always superb. They often want to learn but get sucked into the bow pair shenanigans depending on who is in the boat

Two seat: The optimist. Off the water two seats are great for story-telling, but on the water they talk to bow seat a lot and always wants to see the good in the row. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, but sometimes you need to talk about the bad things to improve.

Bow seat: They cannot stop talking! They critique every stroke, every piece, and every oar. They also joke all the time and only the bow four can hear them. They have a motor mouth for sure. It is easy to love them off of the water, but they are the life of the party on and off of the water. They are also usually shorter than the rest of the crew in the boat.

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Re: Stereotypes Please Add or Help Revise

Post by c2jonw » May 4th, 2018, 8:01 am

This is not from personal experience but it's always given me a laugh......C2JonW ... files.html
68 year old living in Waterbury Center, Vermont, USA
Concept2 employee since 1980! and what a long, strange trip it's been......and retired from C2 in October 2018!

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