DAY 3 – RAIN’S COMING!
This morning we woke with the promise of rain later in the day, and possibly thunderstorms. However, that did not discourage the athletes/coxswains OR the coaches, and off to Macomber we went. It was a nice row this morning, with athletes getting more comfortable rowing with one another, and coxswains getting more comfortable with making clear commands and quick decisions. Coaches have spent each practice debriefing the athletes and coxswains on what went well, and what to focus on for the next row.
Campers returned to campus to have lunch, and continue with coaching One-on-One’s. The forecast was STILL looking grim, but there appeared to be a window to get a short rowin in the afternoon. This would allow coaches, athletes, AND coxswains to focus on a quick quality practice. Total water time was about 45 minutes, and it would NOT have been quality without everyone working together.
Some Video we took with the limited time:
SPARKS COXSWAIN EDUCATION
One of the things that makes SPARKS Rowing and Coxswain Camps unique is the way that the coxswains are coached. Our coxswain coaches believe that the coxswain should be empowered by LEARNING from their mistakes and not being “helped” throughout the process. This can be challenging for most coxswains, because they are used to their coaches giving them the answers, rather than making quick decisions and KNOWING the answers. The Coxswain curriculum at SPARKS reflects this every session, and is consistent throughout all our camps. It is amazing to see how the coxswains get better in all aspects of coxing – steering, commands, rigging, understanding coaching language, and landing!
COACHES’ PANEL – RECRUITING PROCESS
Coach Kevin MacDermott again hosted the Coaches’ Panel this evening, which gave all athletes a chance to ask questions about collegiate rowing and college recruiting. Many athletes had great questions, and our coaches gave great insight on how rowers and coxswains should contact coaches, email coaches, and present themselves.
ONTO DAY 4!