For Coxswains

  1. Coxswain Tips: Know Your Squad

    Your are the brain of the boat; the better connected you are to the rest of your crew, the better you’ll function as a single unit on the water.

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  2. Using the EmPower Oarlock to Sync Catches in Team Boats

    We reached out to Matt Muffelman, coach of the 2017 Men's LW 4-, to see how he was using the Oarlocks in practice. His advice should be helpful to anyone looking to improve catch timing in team boats. Read more...
  3. Reading the River, Part 1: Avoiding Obstacles

    Reading the River, Part 1: Avoiding Obstacles A sandbar ripped this skeg box right out of the hull.

    Underwater Obstacles

    Keep an eye out for V-shaped patterns in the water. Stationary objects underneath the surface create wakes just like boats do. The V will point toward you when you’re rowing with the current and away from you when you’re rowing against the current. Underwater obstacles don’t always disturb the water above them, but if you see this pattern in the surface of the water, stay away!

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  4. 7 Reasons Why Coxswains Should Learn How to Row

    7 Reasons Why Coxswains Should Learn How to Row

    1). You'll make better technical calls.

    There is no substitute for learning by doing. One of your major responsibilities as a coxswain is to reinforce your coach's idea of good technique. Instead of parroting the coach's calls, you can build on those concepts with your own vocabulary and keep your crew engaged and listening for the whole practice. It'll also be easier to diagnose issues and make suggestions when something isn't quite right.

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  5. Pre-Race Checklist for Masters Coxswains

    Masters coxswains have different responsibilities than high school and collegiate coxswains. See how this system compares to your own pre-race prep.

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  6. It's IN The Computer: A No-Nonsense Breakdown of Rowing Tech Jargon

    Feeling a little lost when others are slinging around rowing jargon? Here are over 40 rowing terms and their definition to help you fit in better at parties and in the boat house.

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  7. Coaching Confident Coxswains

    Coxing is scary.

    The first time I sat in the ninth seat was one of the worst experiences of my life. The coach had a policy where every new coxswain started out in the men’s heavyweight varsity eight. The stroke seat of that eight was the rower version of Jekyll and Hyde: nice enough outside of practice but a completely different person in the boat (cut to the scene where Hyde tramples the little girl).

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  8. Coxswain Tips: Six Ways to Clarify Your Calls

    Coxswain Tips: Six Ways to Clarify Your Calls

    Coxswains have a tough job, especially when under pressure. To make it a bit easier, we have put together these six ways to clarify your calls in the boat.

    Question: I know what I want to say in the boat, but sometimes my words come out all jumbled. It gets worse when I’m under pressure. How can I keep my calls coherent during critical moments?

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  9. Coxswain Tips: Are You Intimidated by Your Crew?

    Coxswain Tips: Are You Intimidated by Your Crew?

    Everyone has to start somewhere, and novice coxswains are often partnered with more experienced crews to avoid a blind-leading-the-blind situation. Even when the coxswain has just as much experience as his or her crew—more even—rowing can exaggerate the strong personalities in the boat. You'd think from the way some rowers speak to their coxswain that the coxswain was the most clueless, least motivated person on earth. If you are this unmotivated coxswain, stop reading and quit now.

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  10. Coxswain Tips: Steer Like a Boss

    Coxswain Tips: Steer Like a Boss

    Picture yourself pushing a shopping cart backwards. Naturally, you move the light end of the cart to one side or the other in order to push the heavy end of the cart around. The rudder in the boat works the way your hands would on the cart—it moves the stern to one side or the other to change the overall direction the boat is pointing in.

    Now picture yourself pushing a shopping cart backwards... on an ice skating rink. The cart keeps sliding around after you’ve stopped pushing it. Instead of going straight from one end of the rink to the other, the cart makes giant S-shaped turns, much like the boat on the water.

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