cox'n wrote:As usual, MChase nails it. Bowball, I think your approach might work on the collegiate level, but is tough with high school novices.
Bowball, I think your approach might work on the collegiate level, but is tough with high school novices.
BowwwwBallll wrote:There's little to no difference between HS novices and collegiate novices. They've both never done it before.
Encourage coxswains to be self-taught. Point them in the right direction; row2k has a tremendous number of articles that are really great for novice and intermediate coxswains, as does USRowing's website (though membership is required to view them). With luck, they may even eventually stumble upon a board like this, and learn even more. It makes sense for the person in charge of transmitting information to the crew to have a wealth of concrete knowledge at their disposal.
Make sure they understand that a coxswain is only capable of losing a race; i.e. a coxswain can only slow the boat down through their mistakes as they are unable to contribute acceleration.
Therefore, we must be prepared to do our jobs perfectly in order to help a crew stay at their maximum speed. As no coxswain is perfect, one must always try to keep learning.
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