Coxswain's Clinic - 5/26/2012

Here is the outline of the Coxswain Clinic held on 5.26.2012.

It was presented by Sarah Obernauer – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


I.  Safety

                -#1 job

                -Observing traffic patterns

                -Handling wake

                                -Always parallel to wake, never perpendicular



II. Steering

                -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


IV. Demeanor

                -How do you want to be n [by teammates, other crews, coaches, etc.]?

                -Element of professionalism & composure

                -How your attitude affects the team