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Drummer is critical!
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The drummer should attend practice, if possible. He or she will assist in setting the timing for the team and can be an excellent source of motivation and inspiration during practices and on Race Day.
In a race the drummer watches the lead stroke and relays that pace to the rest of the boat via the sounding of the drum. It is important that the drummer can keep time with the stroke. In a race any variation between the sound of the drum and the action of the lead stroke can cause confusion among the paddlers, some of whom are watching and some are listening.
The drummer is typically a smaller, lighter person with a big voice. The drummer does not set the pace but rather echoes it with the drum as he/she beats the drum in time to the lead stroke and shouts out encouragement to the team. It's an integral part of a Dragon Boat race as timing and technique are the key to a fast boat.
The drummer needs to be loud and energetic. They don't necessarily have drums so they rely on other methods, such as visual aids and vocal talent. He/she can also remind paddlers to reach forward and to keep looking ahead. The other boats will also be making a lot of noise so the drummer should be vocal and assertive person. The drummer works together with the sweep to make sure the team runs a good race.
Tip from Paddelchica:
Once the race is underway, the drummer needs to be flexible in terms of modifying the race plan; to recover from a poor start or take advantage of a good one.
Along the course, the drummer’s demeanor can keep the boat in control, calmly emphasizing what the team is doing right and giving important technique reminders (i.e. leg drive, lengthen, etc.).
The drummer must be confident. The team needs to feel that the drummer knows what he or she is doing. A good drummer is confident enough to play the team’s own strategy. What does this mean? He or she won’t call for powers simply because the boat next to them does. He or she will know the team and know when to ask for more. He or she needs to understand the capacity of the team and should be able to feel the boat; know when it is sagging and needs more power, or sense when it has locked into a powerful, sustainable rate that is edging out the competition stroke-by-stroke.
The drummer is the one that the team can count on to watch the action and relay the position on the race course to the team. This allows the paddlers to focus on their job and not be looking out of the boat to see where they are in the race.
The drummer also needs to be prepared to hang on for dear life in some situations, uncomfortably grabbing the drum between his or her knees, while the boat handles choppy water, turns, and even the occasional crash. Overall, the drummer is someone who can remain calm under extreme pressure and should be able to provide both positive and negative feedback after the race. ... See MoreSee Less
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