BowwwwBallll wrote: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.
In other words, the coach should abdicate responsibility for training them himself in favor of the printed word that they should read on their own time? This is a horrible idea on so many different levels. How does this make the coxswain part of the team? How does this help him build a bond with the coach and his rowers? How does this teach him to filter good information from bad? How does this make him want to be part of the boathouse? How does this translate to physical, on the water skill?
News flash, jackhole- it does NOT.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.
This is the kind of crap that is not only untrue, but so widely circulated that it destroys the will to cox. Do you really think you're going to keep your best and brightest when you tell them, "You can't do anything but f*ck it up for the rowers, and at your best you will achieve no effect whatsoever, so put in all this time and study away from practice and the team environment so that you can achieve the goal of being unnoticeable?"
Coxswains can and do win races. It's rare. But it happens.
Your attitude is moronic. The proper way to train a coxswain is NOT to shove a bunch of written material at them and hope they absorb enough to not be a detriment. The proper way to train a coxswain IS to actively engage them in team pursuits, to hand down definite knowledge in the form of theory as applied to experience, and to nurture them in their role so that when that opportunity does arise, they can and do recognize it and take advantage of it.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.
This is the kind of pithy, passive-aggressive, semi-educated poseur crap that a rising junior who spent his sophomore summer as the fifth coxswain at a low-level club full of has-beens and never-weres spouts to seem important and worldly to the freshmen. Our job is not to keep the crew at maximum speed. Our job is to ensure that the right thing gets done at the right time, that the race plan is implemented properly or deviated from effectively. Our job is to determine through knowledge and experience and independent judgment what the best course of action is for a particular situation and do that. Our job is to make sure our @$$es are first across the finish line.
If I heard you spouting this crap in my boathouse, I would remove you bodily and then bleach the spot where you were standing. And then hit that spot with a flamethrower. And maybe some acid.
I haven't read a more moronic post in this forum since some idiot suggested I date the bow-seat of a lightweight 4.
LMAO!!!!! BB, I, and maybe 3-4 other people max, maybe including that bow seat though, miss you. Leave that damn left coast and come back to where you belong, lol.