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Coxswain Clinic - Fall Season
Transcript of Coxswain Clinic - Fall Season
Defining a Coxswain
Think like a coach, while competing like an athlete.
You are responsible for the logistics, efficiency, and productiveness of practice and racing.
Anticipate what needs to be done
Maintain organization of your rowers, time, & equipment
Coach rowers technically
Motivate the team and/or boat
Maintaining your own personal health/fitness
Mentally prepared & aware to deal with your on land/on water surroundings
Working cox box!
Hats/Sunglasses = maintain visibility on water
Gortex/Water proof and/or warm jackets
Gortex/Water proof pants
Sneakers, boots, wool socks...stay warm and dry!
You are an athlete at practice...change out of your school clothes!
You should be constantly adjusting and maintaining your point.
Pick a point to line up your bowball with
Square off your stroke's shoulders (or the oars) centered around your point
If you see your point off one side of your stroke's shoulders, adjust so that it remains 'unseen' in the center
As you approach your point, it will change...so you may need to readjust.
Using the Rudder
Steer in a way that will cause the least disruption to your crew, your crew's stability, and your course.
ALWAYS communicate to your rowers when you will be using the rudder
Anticipate/predict the rudder
Small adjustments instead of zigzag driving
When do you steer?
Managing the Movement of Boats
You are 100% responsible for the safety of the shell; act as its security escort.
Walk near the end of the shell that will need the most supervision
i.e. walking out of the house the sides/riggers need to be watched
i.e. walking onto the dock be in front of the boat to judge if you need to stop
i.e. when the boat is going into the water ALWAYS be at the stern to ensure the skeg doesn't hit the dock
Rowers are like freight trains, they do not stop on a dime. Anticipate accordingly!
Stop, assess, the move forward. - Dennis
Respond that you heard clearly/will execute what the coach has said.
How to Run an Effective Drill
Gain a sense of when your coach is winding down their technique feedback and prepare your rowers for the next drill i.e. 'stern four sit ready' so that you can immediately begin when your coach finishes talking
Reading the Water
Read the water and wind and always alert your rowers if you see something that may impede their rowing abilities.
Wakes & Wind Shadows
Proximity to Other Boats
Timing: How to identify accurate timing?
Splash: Appropriate amount of backsplash
Blades buried: How the blade should look under the water for the catch/drive
Maintaining lateral pressure with the collar and oarlock
Clean extractions - no splash
'Like it never happened'
Heights - even oar/rigger height off the water
Difference between good and bad puddles
Check handle/blade heights also!
Blade - Body connection
Leaning & turns...don't work.
Coxswain's contribution to boat balance
Noticing Coach Corrections
When a coach calls for a change in the boat, it is your responsibility to notice...
effects on boat speed
effects on boat feel
Keeping boats even during drills
Always stop even with the boat that is ahead...never pass the boat that is stopped!
The best way to stay close to other boats is to communicate with other coxswains.
Where to point
Do Your Research
Here is where coaching responsibilities kick in...
Know your competitors (discuss with coaches)
Understand course map, warm-up, cool-down, etc
Starting order/bow number
Plan/strategize your race with your coach
Head Race Steering
A head race is coxswain's race.
How to think about docking: Don't steer into the dock, but analyze how you can 'float' into the dock.
How to read the corner angles
When to use rower power
Ignore your 'gut'...you'll turn too early!
If don't feel like you're going to hit, you've gone too wide
DO NOT ACTUALLY HIT ANYTHING
Soft Angle Turn
You will not need rower power for this turn, as it is gradual and can be properly anticipated by the rudder.
*Anticipate your rudder: begin the turn a few strokes before the turn starts, and come off your rudder a few strokes before the turn ends.
Hard Angle Turn
You may need rower power for this type of turn, but complete as much of the turn as possible with the rudder!
*Come away from the buoy line or inside of the turn long BEFORE the turn starts, so that you can begin the turn off the buoy line and line your hull up with the shortest course coming out of the turn.
Calling Effective Moves
Tell them what they need to do and for how many strokes they need to do it and how you want them to do it.
Effective moves include...
Informing your crew where they are before the move
Clearly identifying what they need to do for the move (i.e. sharp catches, hold the back end...etc)
Clearly call the beginning of the move...they have to go TOGETHER
Let the crew know during the move whether it is effective
aka don't just continue calling an ineffective move
Effective Race Move
Did the coxswain...
Tell the crew where they were?
Identify the focus?
Use intonation/tone to convey a change in focus?
Let the crew know if the move was effective/where they were post-move?
Questions or Comments???!!!!!
Steering & Rowers
Steering is your responsibility, not your rowers.
How to Run an Effective Drill
"In two" versus "On this stroke"
"In two" is used to convey clear calls, but does not need to be used for all calls
"On this stroke" or "On the next one" must be called on the recovery or at the catch of the stroke prior to the stroke you'd like changed
Use your voice appropriately
Listen for: elongating of words? deeper or sterner?
What were the outcomes?
Increase power on drive not recovery
Anticipate your coach...