Organization Commitment Paper - 2007 Organizational...

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Section 7 Professor Jack Goncalo November 30, 2007 ` 2007 John Cetta Sandra Marin Liane Terracciano Zachary Zizza Introduction Our group studied commitment within the Cornell University Men’s Lightweight Crew Team. The crew team at Cornell is the oldest sport in continuance competition within intercollegiate and international play. Holding over 13 million dollars in monetary endowment, it controls the most capital of any sport at Cornell University. The goals of Men’s Lightweight Crew include winning Sprints, an invitational intercollegiate race, and winning the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta (IRA Nationals), which names the national champion in rowing. The team has won IRA Nationals and Sprints many times over its long history, and has won IRA Nationals the past two years. The current goals are to repeat the previous years’ victories, and to maintain the status of national champions. The crew team’s original purpose was to offer rowing opportunities to Cornell’s male students, but soon after it was established, the crew team changed its purpose to one focusing on intercollegiate competition. The crew team rows out of the Collyer Boathouse, located approximately 2.5 miles away from the Cornell Campus, at the mouth of Cayuga River, in Ithaca, New York. The Men’s Lightweight Team boasts 50 team members who range form freshman to senior status in the university. The team is divided into two divisions. The first is called “Frosh” and includes all freshman and novice rowers. A novice can either be an athlete who has never rowed before or who has yet to row at the college level. The second division is denoted as "Varsity", which includes all upper classman with at least one year of rowing experience at the college level. Both Frosh and Varsity athletes compete against other collegiate teams within their respective
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P a g e | 2 divisions and receive a letter after completing one year on the team (the crews have two racing seasons: fall and spring). Both Frosh and Varsity divisions divide their rowers into 8 person boats. The top 8 rowers are on the “first boat” the next 8 on the “second boat” and so on through the levels of talent on the team. There are two top boats on the Frosh team and three on the Varsity. Rowing is a sport notorious for its intense practice and training schedule and for the conditions in which rowers must endure. Practices at 6am in the cold, snow, and/or rain are commonplace and a rower on average trains 6 days a week in season and 5 -6 days out of season. Rowing is never canceled due to rain, snow, or windy conditions and thus rowers must endure the harsh elements during training and competition. Because of the rigorous training and, at times, harsh conditions, high levels of commitment are required for membership on the team. If rowers do not meet or exceed the commitment required he will most certainly quit the team.
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