” Great coaches are like great musical conductors: They have to set the tempo, unify their performers and bring the best out of each section of the orchestra for a brilliant performance” Evan Dale, Adelanto, California.
What a reality!
If you are a rower and have a coach you should be able by now, if you are reading my blog regularly, to understand some of the things your coach is doing and why. You should also be able to know how you can help him and how you can motivate your coach to do a better job.
To be a rowing coach is not an easy thing to do if you want to do it well. Well, I guess there is nothing out there that is easy to do if you want to do it well and want to be the best you can be doing it. Also to row well is not an easy thing to do. It is a very complex sport where the weather and different boat events makes it even more complex.
The reality of coaching is that it takes a lot of energy but is one of the most rewarding and exciting things you can do if you love helping people to reach their dreams. It doesn’t matter at what level you coach, because every person deserves a dream and it can be for some to go to the Olympics and win and for others to just be able to control a single and flow- glide on the water by themselves. As any teacher, mentor or parent, a rowing coach has a huge influence on the rowers he coaches. When a new rower shows up to a rowing program, he or she doesn’t know anything about rowing. Their body has not been developed to row or move a boat before so it is totally a new movement, new skill. We need to start from zero as coaches to help them wire the rowing movement and skill on their fresh body. Novice coaches are for me really important and have a huge impact on the new rowers. Novice coaches are the ones that help the new rowers to develop the love for the sport and set on them the right rowing principles so they can develop correctly overtime to be the best they can be.
Here is a list of 10 priority things a novice coach should focus on to have a good impact on the rowers he coaches:
1) Be sure your rowers have fun.
2) Be sure your rowers understand what they need to do all the time and introduce the rowing stroke very slowly.
3) Be sure they row on the water at least the 80% of the time.
4) Have them row slowly and with pauses so they can experience the rowing stroke on an easier way.
5) Don’t focus on race results but on skills development.
6) Don’t focus too much on fitness and be sure they develop this fitness on the water as much as you can.
7) Be patient because not the one who develops the fastest is the one that goes the fastest over years of practice. Everyone develops at different speeds.
a) A good novice coach is a coach that passes his athletes to the varsity coach ready to move to the next step on his development as a rower.
9) Be sure you teach them to take care of the equipment properly, to respect their teammates and also competitors.
10) Coach everyone to be the best it can be so they have a chance to improve. Be sure you don’t give up on anybody that is excited to learn and row well.