In fact 75% of those on provincial and national teams studied were born in the first half of the year! To those selecting the teams, they are only choosing the best players at the time. Unfortunately, the late bloomers aren't recognized and may be "filtered out" of the sport when they lose out on opportunities.
What is the responsibility of a coach to the future of the sport? If you cut kids from a younger crew, they may well drop out when they could have been the future of your team.
Does this apply in rowing?
An interesting addition to this piece is a link to the University of Saskatchewan web site and a tool for predicting future size in adolecents.
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