Army Crew Case Analysis

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Coach Stas Preczewski (Coach P.) of the Army Crew team for the United States Military Academy at West Point believes that he has a championship caliber team. His rowers worked hard throughout the entire off-season, focusing on their physical abilities and rowing technique, and were eager to begin training camp at the Atlanta Retreat. Here, Coach P. implemented a number of commonly employed methods for objectively ranking the rowers from top to bottom. The top eight would form the Varsity team, and the bottom eight would form the Junior Varsity (JV) team. While at training camp, Coach P. made his selections for each team. He then confirmed his results by pitting the Varsity and JV boats in a race that Varsity won handily. Upon leaving Atlanta, the coach was unaware of the challenges to soon arrive.
To Coach P.’s dismay, the Varsity boat’s impressive initial performance wasn’t an indicator for their future success. As the season progressed, his Varsity boat, consisting of the statistically highest quality rowers, would routinely lose in races against the JV boat. Since all the facts supported that the Varsity boat was comprised of the best rowers, the coach was dumbfounded as to what course of action was to be taken. As the JV team continued to defeat the Varsity throughout the season, the Varsity team struggled with various issues. The stress of their low performance combined with the humiliation of losing to an inferior team was a recipe for a disaster. As a result, the Varsity team members grew distant from one another and did not demonstrate the ability to work together as a productive unit. The JV team, on the other hand, bonded closely as a result of their dominance over the Varsity team. With four days remaining until the National Championship race, the Varsity members showed no signs of improvement and were at all-time low. Coach P.…...

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