Here is the outline of the Coxswain Clinic held on 5.26.2012.
-Observing traffic patterns
-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
-Identify. Correct. Assess. & What. How. When.
-Speaking to individuals v. boat
-Kick, send. Rhythmic 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