Liz Winter

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Could masters rowing use a developmental model analogous to the Norwegian Youth Sports Development model?
i.e. Make it fun first, developmentally oriented, and give equal respect to peoples’ varied, developmentally informed performance choices as their bodies and life needs change.

01:00 Introduction Oxford University Womens Boat Club
02:00 Norwegian Youth Sports Development covers biological, social & psychological aspects of learning sport. Scale competition and delay it.
Cath Bishop the Long Win book covers similar ground.
At one age you compete locally, then regionally and nationally as you get older. Scale the pressure of competition according to youth development. Keep the social and emotional costs down.
04:25 if you delay competition do you delay high level performance? Norway ski team uses this. Sport is very family oriented all members are engaged. We don’t get into boats together much in USA as a family.
08. 00 we are not discouraging competition The “guard rails” are about intensity.
How many people do we lose to rowing?
10:15 How could we frame a model for masters rowing?
Our range of age, ability, motivation. These shift over our lives. Where does someone fit? Do we respect these goal choices?
14:00 Move the language from value- laden “competitive rowers” versus the rest.
To make this work we need respect for their choices.
It is pervasive – we could level the playing field.
18:00 A title other than recreational for non-racing rowers.
A group chooses how to title themselves. Can we do touring rowing and reclaim “recreational” rowing?
20:00 coaching a group with diverse goals?
Keep people safe – how many people?
We do crews of similar speed. We have several masters teams with different goals.
You may not get the “sweet spot” every time they go out.
Choose a development path for you.
23:30 How frequently do you check in? Daily practice is a good touch point. Be willing to be questioned at the team level. Move beyond – the coach is unquestionable.
25:00 As a club admin how do I put people into the right group?
It is a struggle – but we negotiate. People show up and find a like-minded fit.
Strategy is we are a community based club.
32:00 Siloes are challenging but can I see a pathway for progress?
34:00 Signs you are not getting it right?
Watch and hear the language used – coaching colleagues saying “only” or “just”.
Are we developing our coaching skills to match our athletes? It’s a professional development problem.
It’s harder — be more creative with your coaching . If people are generally unhappy. Are the learning increments appropriate? “Can we try this?” Don’t say that – it implies the not confident they can do it and it gives you an” out”.
Instead say “Let’s do this.
38:00 For coach professional development you have to go and look for it. You will learn from any coach you spend time with.

In summary
– Fun first
– Developmentally oriented
– Equal respect to life needs, performance choices, body needs /choices
– Developmentally oriented

– Ask what rowing goal will make you happy at this point in life?

– How to respect others’ choices
– Can coaches do our own professional development to rise to the challenges?
– Coaching a group with diverse set of goals

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