Here is the outline of a Coxswain Clinic held at our boathouse.
- #1 job
- Observing traffic patterns
- Handling wake
- Always parallel to wake, never perpendicular
- Always look ahead; Watch for hazards to avoid large steering changes later
- How to steer- small motions; Less is more
- When to steer?
- Blades in v. blades out
- Tell crew “on the rudder”
- Picking a point
- One on port, one on starboard: keep your boat in the middle
- Or, pick a center point on the horizon
- Working with other coxswains
- Coxswain on the right sets the course unless otherwise instructed
- Communicate regularly re: points, starting pieces, bringing boats even, etc.
- Keeping boats together: why is this important?
III. What to say?
- Practice v. racing: You get out what you put in
- We v. you
- Command v. conversation
- Confidence & ownership
- Speak clearly & controlled
- When to speak
- Embrace the silence
- Technical calls
- Identify. Correct. Assess. & What. How. When.
- Speaking to individuals v. boat
- Kick, send. Rhythmic calls
- Motivational calls
- Internal v. external coxing
- Meters, time, rating
- Moving on crews; Taking seats
- How do you want to be n [by teammates, other crews, coaches, etc.]?
- Element of professionalism & composure
- How your attitude affects the team