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Rowperfect UK 2006 Seminar Seat Racing As Part of Selection D.J.Holland. C.U.B.C. [email_address]
1  Context   <ul><li>Selection is an issue for all crews. </li></ul><ul><li>Dissatisfaction with selection procedures or o...
2  Selection Philosophy  <ul><li>All selection tests are an approximation of the final event. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Time. ...
3  Selection Methods <ul><li>Continuum from subjective to objective. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul>...
<ul><ul><li>Coaches opinion. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Technique. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Compatibility. ...
<ul><ul><li>Physiology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Size / weight etc </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ergo scores  <...
<ul><ul><li>Racing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Regattas </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Time trials </li></ul></ul>...
4  Choosing a Selection Process <ul><li>To suit crew and objective. </li></ul><ul><li>To suit facilities and abilities. </...
5  The Case for Seat Racing <ul><li>Advantages. </li></ul><ul><li>Disadvantages. </li></ul>
6  Principles of Seat Racing. <ul><li>Everything held constant except athletes. </li></ul><ul><li>Comparisons are one to o...
7  Assumptions for Seat Racing. <ul><li>All athletes are honest and well motivated. </li></ul><ul><li>All athletes have co...
8  The Rules of Seat Racing <ul><li>Only one change at a time. </li></ul><ul><li>Athletes must not know what the next chan...
9  Procedure <ul><li>Use fours. </li></ul><ul><li>Coxed is usually better than not. </li></ul><ul><li>Decide a distance. <...
<ul><li>Course should be straight, and have consistent conditions across both lanes.  Bouyed courses are significantly sup...
<ul><li>All sequences require a null race with a small difference between the crews. </li></ul><ul><li>Changing two athlet...
<ul><li>Comparisons are only allowed within sessions. </li></ul><ul><li>Less than 1 sec is not a result. </li></ul><ul><li...
10  Common Errors <ul><li>Inconsistent water. </li></ul><ul><li>Too great a distance between crews.  </li></ul><ul><li>Rat...
11  Traps <ul><li>Not thinking ahead.  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Decide what comparisons you need, boat crews  accordingly. </...
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Rowing Selection using Seat racing by Duncan Holland

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Rowperfect Seminar 2006 Seat Racing as part of selection by Duncan Holland, head coach of Cambridge University Boat Club.

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Rowing Selection using Seat racing by Duncan Holland

  1. 1. Rowperfect UK 2006 Seminar Seat Racing As Part of Selection D.J.Holland. C.U.B.C. [email_address]
  2. 2. 1 Context <ul><li>Selection is an issue for all crews. </li></ul><ul><li>Dissatisfaction with selection procedures or outcomes is a common negative factor in crew performance. </li></ul><ul><li>Good selection policy and procedures are a useful management tool. </li></ul>
  3. 3. 2 Selection Philosophy <ul><li>All selection tests are an approximation of the final event. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Time. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Usually distance. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Often boat type. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Continuum from social to performance driven. </li></ul>
  4. 4. 3 Selection Methods <ul><li>Continuum from subjective to objective. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Who turns up. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Taking turns. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><ul><li>Coaches opinion. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Technique. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Compatibility. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Age. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Experience / service. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><ul><li>Physiology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Size / weight etc </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ergo scores </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Training scores </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Maxima </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Weight adjusted maxima </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><ul><li>Racing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Regattas </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Time trials </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Matrices </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Seat racing </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. 4 Choosing a Selection Process <ul><li>To suit crew and objective. </li></ul><ul><li>To suit facilities and abilities. </li></ul><ul><li>Usually a mix of tests is better. </li></ul>
  9. 9. 5 The Case for Seat Racing <ul><li>Advantages. </li></ul><ul><li>Disadvantages. </li></ul>
  10. 10. 6 Principles of Seat Racing. <ul><li>Everything held constant except athletes. </li></ul><ul><li>Comparisons are one to one, athlete to athlete. </li></ul><ul><li>Each race after the null race gives only one piece of information </li></ul>
  11. 11. 7 Assumptions for Seat Racing. <ul><li>All athletes are honest and well motivated. </li></ul><ul><li>All athletes have comparable levels of fitness and skill. </li></ul>
  12. 12. 8 The Rules of Seat Racing <ul><li>Only one change at a time. </li></ul><ul><li>Athletes must not know what the next change is. </li></ul><ul><li>Times don’t matter, differences do. </li></ul>
  13. 13. 9 Procedure <ul><li>Use fours. </li></ul><ul><li>Coxed is usually better than not. </li></ul><ul><li>Decide a distance. </li></ul><ul><li>Decide, and enforce, a rate. </li></ul><ul><li>Boats must be similar and capable of being rigged identically. Identical boats are better. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Course should be straight, and have consistent conditions across both lanes. Bouyed courses are significantly superior. </li></ul><ul><li>Cox’ns, if used, say nothing except rate. </li></ul><ul><li>Boats stay in same lane. </li></ul><ul><li>All comparisons are done between crews with only one difference. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>All sequences require a null race with a small difference between the crews. </li></ul><ul><li>Changing two athletes at a time is allowed but the comparison is with an earlier crew. </li></ul><ul><li>If in doubt, change back. </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Comparisons are only allowed within sessions. </li></ul><ul><li>Less than 1 sec is not a result. </li></ul><ul><li>All athletes should have the same number of races. </li></ul>
  17. 17. 10 Common Errors <ul><li>Inconsistent water. </li></ul><ul><li>Too great a distance between crews. </li></ul><ul><li>Rating differences. </li></ul><ul><li>One or more incompetent athlete. </li></ul><ul><li>Bad steering. </li></ul>
  18. 18. 11 Traps <ul><li>Not thinking ahead. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Decide what comparisons you need, boat crews accordingly. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Not having enough time. </li></ul><ul><li>Too many races. </li></ul>

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