Winter Coxswains Only

The focus is exclusively on coxswains

This is a rowing camp where coxing skills are the only focus.

For this winter camp, we run an abbreviated version of our 5 day summer program in Oklahoma City – this is amongst the most intensive options we offer for coxswains.

Sparks ‘rents’ the team: boats and athletes (and they win too, with a fundraiser.) Entire on water practices are spent on absolutely everything that goes with being the ninth seat. The art of steering, command structure, docking, dealing with conditions, and interpreting drills are onlythe tip of the iceberg. Coxswains only gives us a chance to focus more intensely on the advanced curriculum (see below) we’ve developed and use at our summer camp at Wesleyan, summer coxswains only camp in Oklahoma City, and fill a need we’ve seen from many coxswain and college counseling clients.

Advanced coaching from elite coxswains

As coxswains know, there are few elites out there – and even then, the education received can be hard to come by because it can’t be done on the water in the course of a normal practice. Our coxswain coaches are some of the top in the world: they have been to the world championships and the Olympics. They’ve given years of their lives – both young and adult – to the seat.

Even though we could hold a camp similar to this without this staff and make it revolutionary given the concept of exclusive coxswain focus, we believe our staff rounds camp up to the best level of coxswain coaching in the world.

A curriculum years in the making

We made a decision early on at Sparks to help coxswains by taking a serious look at creating a concrete system for coxswain education and employing it via our camps, virtual coxswain coaching, and college counseling. After years of fine-tuning and employing this system, we’re happy to utilize the best pieces in person.

Coxswains can expect to learn in much the same way as doctors doing rounds in teaching hospitals. They will be put in small groups with their attending coach and present to the group during on water exercises throughout the week.

Awareness: We believe awareness is the most important aspect of coxing because all coxswains are self-taught. We learn from our surroundings – from what our coaches and athletes are saying, and what we’re feeling and seeing inside, outside, and around the shell. Our curriculum emphasizes awareness via daily, detailed analysis of everything from digital recordings to inward reflections during training.

Steering: Steering is absolutely essential for coxswains: the fastest distance between two points is a straight line. Beyond that, safety and shell integrity are at stake. We utilize buoyed and non-buoyed courses as well as teach steering in different wind conditions. The curriculum also addresses turns for head racing.

Organization: We teach coxswains how to organize their boats effectively on the water and off to make sure they’re running efficient and effective practices and maximize potential boat speed. We measure organization by making sure that coxswains communicate clearly and effectively to achieve objectives and goals established by coaches and the team.

Direction: If you can’t hear your commander on the battlefield, chaos will ensue; coxswains must construct clean and effective command structures. Coxswains are shown how to most effectively give a command and execute it in real-time scenarios on the water. Coxswains are also taught how to evaluate their audio recordings to find their own personal structure.

 

Winter Coxswains Only

Leigh Carroll

US National Team
Sparks Coxswain Associate

Leigh Carroll is a former Division 1 and National Team coxswain who has coached on both the junior and collegiate levels. After a successful career coxing the Brown Men’s varsity 8+, she held coaching positions with Wayland-Weston Rowing Association and the Harvard-Radcliffe lightweight women’s team. An experienced international racer, Leigh also coxed the US women’s 8+ to a second-place finish in Australia at the Samsung World Cup after helping the U23 national team to a bronze finish at the World Championships and Brown to a second-place finish in the Grand Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta. Leigh holds a Masters Degree in Education from Stanford University with a concentration in Secondary School Teaching.

Bill Manning

Assistant Coach, Princeton University

During his tenure the Tiger lightweight 1V has medaled at the Eastern Sprints every year, and it has consistently improved at the IRA National Championship Regatta, including a bronze medal performance in 2016. During the summer of 2016, he coached the bronze medal-winning JW4- at the World Championships. In 2015 he coached the LM2- to a fifth place finish at Worlds, the best performance by the USA in over a decade. That same summer he coached the LM4- to silver and co-coached the bronze medal-winning M8+ at the Pan American Games. The 2014 LM8 was his responsibility. At the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, Manning assisted Charley Butt with the USA M2-, M2x, and LM2x. He helped the M2- to Olympic qualification in 2003. In 2006 and 2007 he directed the U-23 Men's Sculling program.

Vera Terlouw

Coxswain, Dutch Development Program

Vera Terlouw is a Dutch native and national team hopeful. She hails from one of the most successful countries in our sport. Her coxing experience includes Henley and much of the European circuit with Dutch development and elite level crews. She was attracted to Sparks given her interest in coxing education whereby she has coached coxswains and developed coxswain selection procedures for multiple clubs in Holland. She is an engineer by training and is interested in fluid dynamics. We’re excited to bring an international perspective into a game that can suffer from local bias.

Peter Wiersum

Men’s Olympic Coxswain, Dutch National Team

Peter and the Dutch 8+ won bronze in the 2015 World Championships, ahead of the US Men and in a qualifying slot for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. This will be Peter’s third Olympiad after ’08 in Beijing and ’12 in London. Peter coaches juniors and coxswains in the Netherlands, (and for whatever reason found it beneficial to translate some of Marcus McElhenney’s work for Dutch coxswains!). He is a coxswain with a level of racing experience that less than five coxswains on the planet have enjoyed.

Ariel Handler

CRI Coach

Ariel coxed at CRI from 2004 to 2006 and then at Newport Aquatic Center where she finished her high school career with a bronze medal at Youth Nationals in the Junior Women’s 4+. In 2008, she attended Junior National Team ID and selection camp. Ariel coxed for UCLA, leading the team to an overall seventh place at the NCAA championships. In 2012, she won the JV8+ at San Diego crew classic and was in the first UCLA boat to make a grand final at the NCAA championships. After college, she was a volunteer assistant coach at UCLA and a novice assistant coach for Marina Aquatic Center, and has been a resident adviser and coach for the Women’s Junior National Team. She coached and was director of the Row Boston program. Currently, she is in her second year as assistant coach for the CRI varsity girls.

Winter Coxswains Only

  • Who:  Open to all, designed for experienced coxswains aged 14-19
  • When:  December 27-30, 2017
  • Cost:  $1,750*
  • Where:  Sarasota, FL - Campers are housed at the Comfort Suites and row out of the Sarasota Crew Boathouse. Campers are advised to fly into TPA; contact us to if you need airport transportation.
  • Questions:  Email camp@sparksconsult.com
  • Supervision:  The staff lives amongst the student athletes, and has oversight 24 hours a day. Unhealthy substances and/or behaviors are strictly prohibited.
  • Payment:  May be made at RegattaCentral.com. Feel free to contact us with payment questions.
  • Refunds:  Refunds minus a $500 deposit are available until one month before camp.
  • Camp Forms:  Camp Forms may be found here 6 weeks before camp.
  • Staffing:  Some coaches are active US athletes; their availability may be subject to change. To find out about a particular coach, shoot us an e-mail.
  • * on Cost:  Reflects athlete rental expense.

Winter Coxswains Only

December 27-30, 2017

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Winter Coxswains Only

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
10AM - 2 PM Travel to Camp
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7AM - 11:15AM Breakfast/Cox
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7AM - 11:15AM Breakfast/Cox
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7AM - 10:30AM Breakfast/Cox
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11:15 AM - 11:45 AM Coach/Student
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11:15 AM - 11:45 AM Coach/Student Meetings
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Coach/Student Meetings
12:00PM - 1:00PM Lunch 12:00PM - 1:00PM Lunch 11:00AM - 12:00PM Lunch
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2:00PM - 3:00PM Check-In
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1:15PM - 2:15PM Private Coaching
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1:15PM - 2:15PM Private Coaching
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12:15PM - 2:30PM Coxing
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3:00PM - 7:00PM Orientation & Coxswain Assessment
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2:30PM - 5:30PM Coxing
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2:30PM - 5:30PM Coxing
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2:45PM - 3:15 PM Camp Closing
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7:00PM - 7:30PM Dinner
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5:45PM - 6:30PM Dinner
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5:45PM - 6:30PM Dinner

 

3:15PM-4:15PM Individual Feedback Collection
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8:00PM - 8:45PM Awareness Conversation
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7:00PM - 7:45PM Steering Conversation
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7:00PM - 7:45PM Organization Conversation
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Winter Coxswains Only

 

Campers cannot participate without all forms completed appropriately.

 

Waiver (needs to be printed, signed, and brought to camp)

Health History (needs to be printed, filled out by a docotr, and brought to camp)

Information Packet (For your reference. Does not need to be brought to camp)

Travel Form