Carlos Dinares TIP # 403: COACHING the next GENERATION of ROWING

What are the things that can improve on our coaching to help rowers and teams row better, go faster and stay healthier?

I believe this is a question that we should all be asking ourselves and try to find answer so we can improve our sport!
I think a good way to do that is to look at what we are doing today in our rowing programs and try to think different, outside of the box so we can improve the system we have.

To think outside of the box requires some creativity and inspiration to help the sport to a new level. If it is not about keeping secrets to win races, it is not about trying to implement those advantages on few rowers or programs but to make the sport grow and improve.

For that we need to have the ability to imagine was has never existed before and don’t have fear to say it loud so we can bring new ideas to the table.

A journey of improvement and good ideas always begins with a problem. It’s starts with a feeling of frustration because of difficulty to find an answer or a solution to a problem. A situation where we feel we have worked hard and we have done all we have been told but we have not achieved what we wanted and we are not satisfied with the answer. We feel we are crashing ourselves against the wall and we don’t know what to do next. We are ready to give up because we feel so down of our situation and result but we know something can be done better but we don’t know what it is.

Well here is where that creative journey starts and finds new ideas and possible solutions and improvements to the way we do things so our sport can move forward and get better.

These are good quotes:

“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way”
Edward de Bono
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people”
Steve Jobs

Let’s now look into the way our rowing system works and find new ideas and ways we can use to make it better so our teams can row better, develop more skill on a shorter time, be healthier and overall have more fun by feeling more the pleasure of flow and glide.

I want you to look into what you do everyday at your rowing club or own training and see what can be done better or changed so we can try to improve the system. Are you doing something that everyone does that could be replaced or improved that doesn’t really make you faster on the water?

Do you feel we are not spending enough time to important things and doing too much things that don’t really help us that much?

Thinking and trying to shake things opens up all kinds of new opportunities. Shaking things to improve is always hard and there are plenty of forces that work against that for their own interest.
Let’s bring new ideas to the table so we can improve the way we do things!

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