Let’s Talk About Systems… (part 1)
“A group of interacting, interrelated, or interdependent elements forming a complex whole.”
Every one of us has a system that is unique to OUR SELF! I say this as even though we may try to copy another great system, we all will put our own personal touch to what we do. Some of this is because we think we know more than the creator of a system and the other reasons for this is that many times we misunderstood what we had been taught. Therefore and because we will eventually develop a personally unique system, this particular discussion will only give a brief description of the many facets of what will become a final system.
After some additional thought I also realized that everyone has a “SYSTEM” even if their system is to never do anything the same way twice. So they have a system and in many cases it may not be a very good system but they still have a system. These are the people that are always quick to tell you what you need to do to win.
It is my personal opinion that the best system is the one that allows you the most opportunity to WIN while requiring the least amount of effort. THINK LONG AND HARD ABOUT THIS STATEMENT!!
We all have other commitments or adversities which must be worked around so finding a system that compliments your time and enjoyment of the sport makes it fun.
Before we talk about any of the systems let’s first talk about the very basic of tools that are necessary for success:
A calendar is absolutely critical so we take the guess work out of what we are planning. It is the tool that we seem to think we can do without but don’t get caught in that trap.
A small pocket size notebook where you can mark all those little details as we discover them. Without this always handy, we soon forget if we trust it to our memory.
A pencil or pen that is always in our pocket so we can write down vital information as it occurs. These basic tools will allow you to take much of the guess work out of the game and also give you a written record to go back to in future years to verify some of your feelings about things.
The next step is to design a chart or document where you can see many things on just one sheet of paper. For example; I breed from 24 pair of pigeons and on just one sheet (my breeding chart) I can see when any and every pair laid their eggs. I mated my pigeons for 2004 on Feb. 14 and 21 of 24 pair laid their first egg on Feb. 25. This alone shows me that all appears well before we even begin the breeding season.
REMEMBER THIS FOR A LATER PART OF THIS SUBJECT!!
With a simple chart, I can also see what bands I put on those first young ones and I can then see when the next set of eggs were laid and then the numbers of the bands for those young ones. Keep your system simple but try to have as much information available on that single paper as possible. In a short period of time you will quickly see what should be added or what can be deleted for future charts.
Before we begin any system we must also determine if our system is meant to function with our present pigeons or are we doomed before we begin! In all systems there are some pigeons that will do just fine while there are others that regardless of the system, will never win a prize. Systems do not make a bad pigeon a champion. We require something to begin with and from there,… the cream will rise to the top.
That concludes part 1 of this article series, keep an eye out for part 2 where we begin to discuss training systems.
Let’s Talk About Systems… (part 1) by: Bob Rowland