Army Crew Team Case Study - Team Building Essay

2525 Words Nov 9th, 2012 11 Pages
Team Submission: Bad Jazz
Jane Blatz; Zachary Brado; Adam Medwetsky;
David Cooper; Burhan Saiyed; Tian Wang

Case Study: The Army Crew Team

Reason: Why does the Varsity Team Lose to the JV Team?

Varsity’s consistent losses to the JV team can be explained by their lack of characteristics that make up a true team. The losses can also be attributed to JV’s strong team cohesion and the presence of team disrupters on the Varsity team.

Team Playing vs. Individuality
The Army’s Varsity Crew team was not a true team. They were merely eight star athletes, with no cohesion or team chemistry, thrown together. The players and positions were selected strictly on physical strength and capabilities. This completely contradicts the
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Mistake: What was Coach P. doing wrong?

Forgetting Fundamentals of the game
Coach P. put too much emphasis on the individual members for each rower. Master Coaches report that psychological factors are the most important component of great teams, and Coach P. didn’t emphasize this aspect enough. The Varsity team is made up of the top rowers compared individually, with each compared against each other, through “seat racing.” This is not how the rowing teams actually perform. Coach P. should have utilized more team-based trials to include variable intangibles like team cohesion and team leadership.

More than just seat numbers – Looking at the players rather than the purpose
Once the Junior Varsity team started beating the Varsity team regularly, Coach P. had a dilemma. If he switches the JV team to be the Varsity team, he has the 8 weakest rowers on the Varsity team. This is no way to pick a team. When testing, Coach P. saw that adding Varsity players to the JV squad made the team faster, so the JV squad was not ideal when left alone. Despite this, they did beat the Varsity squad many times, so it is clear that the Varsity squad is yet slower, though it isn’t for lack of talent. Thus, Coach P. should have first reformulated the Varsity squad, adding

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