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Simrin Dhillon
February 12, 2016
Army Crew Team
1. Why does the Varsity team lose to the JV team?
The Varsity team continuously loses to the JV team because they are not as cohesive of a group
as the JV team is. Although it is true that the Varsity team is more athletically inclined, the case
states that “As important as individual skills [are], it [it] crucial for the eight individual athletes
to synchronize their rowing,” (Snook). When the JV team emailed one another, they included
more ‘we’ and ‘us’ than ‘I’ or ‘me’ (like the Varsity team) which showed that they were thinking
of their actions as a group rather than simply individuals. There is also the fact that the JV team
felt that they had ‘nothing to lose’ so they gave it their all while members of the Varsity team
critiqued each other constantly and were always thinking about how each of them as individuals
had to carry the team to victory.
2. What should Coach P. have done differently earlier in the season to resolve this problem?
Coach P. should not have focused all of his attention on the physicality of rowing, but should
have also emphasized teamwork and unity. In the case, it stated that he had originally taken a
risky approach to the team’s workout routines, even meeting with the conditioning coach for the
football team nicknamed ‘Satan’ to get ideas for drills and workouts (Snook). Since Coach P. did
not ever take the initiative to show his athletes that teamwork was one of the most important
aspects of winning, the team (mainly Varsity members) assumed that they were each individually
responsibly for themselves. He could have implemented more trust exercises and given the
athletes tasks to do outside of practice in order to help them get to know one another better. He
also could have sat them down and asked them about their goals and what they thought their
position on the team was, and then helped each of them to understand how they could help the
team as a whole. This would have resolved the problem of lack of teamwork at the beginning of
the season, rather than with one week left before Nationals.
3. At the end of the case, what action should Coach P. take on Tuesday?
Coach P. should intervene to improve the performance of Varsity team. It is already clear
through the exercises and training that the Varsity team has the strongest and most physically
capable members. Now, they must work on their trust and teamwork skills rather than just their
strength. It would be helpful for Coach P. to step away from the gym and the training room and
step towards trust exercises and team retreats. Since he already knows the team is physically
capable of winning, he needs to allow them to get to know each other, has out their differences,
and be able to work as one team rather than just a large group of individuals. Perhaps he could
give them teamwork tasks, or give them each a report of areas they need to improve upon so that
they feel like they have something to strive for.
1. Snook, Scott, and Jeffrey T. Polzer. "The Army Crew Team." Harvard Business School
(2004): 1-11. Web. 12 Feb. 2016.
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