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  1. Stop yelling! Our voices are our leadership tools, and we need to use them properly so that they can serve us for the long term. We spoke with Linda Guida, CCC-SLP. Linda has been a rower for many years, and knows the demands that the role of coxing places on the voice. Key tips include: having working voice amplification equipment, practicing genuine vocal rest, and minimizing yelling. Connect with us on our website at https://www.CoxPod.com, on our Slack channel, or on social media.
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    018 | Maneuvering

    Tips and tricks for managing specialized motions of the boat. Coxswains need to execute specialized movements of the boat, directing various components in order to accomplish these maneuvers with precision and discipline. We talk about holding water, sculling it around, backing, spinning in place, swapping rowers, and other boat movements. Sun Tzu said: “Maneuvering with an army is advantageous; with an undisciplined multitude, most dangerous.” Connect with us on our website at https://www.CoxPod.com, on our Slack channel, or on social media.
  3. “You’re on the course!” Head races require specific coxswain skills, from the moment of entering the chute until crossing the finish line. We explore passing and being passed, strategies for effectively managing the long duration of the race, and the importance of knowing and holding the best line. The complexities of a head race give coxswains many opportunities to positively impact the outcome. Connect with us on our website at https://www.CoxPod.com, on our Slack channel, or on social media.
  4. "To be prepared is half the victory." Cervantes We cover the intricacies of preparation for a head race, starting from the moment of deciding to attend the race, through the activities of race day leading up to entering the chute. All of the information gleaned as part of this preparation informs the race plan you’ll ultimately execute as the coxswain. Connect with us on our website at https://www.CoxPod.com, on our Slack channel, or on social media.
  5. Our listeners set the course for this episode. You’ve heard from us, and now we hear from you. Topics include: vocabulary and tone, rowers in the coxswain seat, fostering a collaborative atmosphere, improving when you get no feedback, lining up for a race, judging distances, motivation when you’re the underdog, and reflecting on what we’d tell our novice selves. Connect with us on our website at https://www.CoxPod.com, on our Slack channel, or on social media.
  6. “All of my best performances were pulled out of me by excellent coxing.” Our guest brings a perspective as a coach, Olympic-level rower, and occasional cox. Why does Abby coach coxswains? She values what they can bring to the boat. She also shared what she appreciates in a coxswain, from her perspective as a rower. We’ve been honored to benefit from Abby’s coaching and mentorship. Connect with us on our website at https://www.CoxPod.com, on our Slack channel, or on social media.
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    013 | Landing

    The first rule of landing: respect mass. Docking is a fear-inducing process for many coxswains, including us! As Chuck Yeager (renowned pilot) said: “If you can walk away from a landing, it’s a good landing. If you use the airplane the next day, it’s an outstanding landing.” We share information about the many details that can affect how we land: wind, current, rowers, etc. Connect with us on our website at https://www.CoxPod.com, on our Slack channel, or on social media.
  8. Pro tip: If you see ducks walking where you want to land...remember they have short legs. No dock? No problem! In this episode we discuss the unique considerations that apply when launching and landing without a dock. While beach/wet launching can present challenges, it also comes with benefits. We hope you’ll find this episode particularly beneficial if wet launching isn’t your typical experience. Connect with us on our website at https://www.CoxPod.com, on our Slack channel, or on social media.
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    011 | Launching

    There's more to it than you think. Everyone talks about landing/docking, but coxswains rarely get guidance on launching. We discuss how to safely get a boat from the rack to the dock, including: how to deal with rowers of varying heights and physical abilities, where should you be positioned as a coxswain during the launching process, what to do at venues with very long walks to the launching area, and how to do a standing shove!
  10. Either you run the practice, or the practice runs you. We walk through a water practice from start to finish, drawing back the sometimes-opaque curtain and discussing how even a perceived simple act like “get to the dock” is more nuanced and complex than people appreciate. Connect with us on our website at https://www.CoxPod.com, on our Slack channel, or on social media.
  11. Mind AND matter: coxswains are athletes too. When you look at a rowing shell, coxswains appear to be sitting motionless, not contributing to the movement of the boat. But anyone who’s been in the seat knows that what we do is physically demanding as well. In this episode, we hear the perspective of a physical therapist (who is also a rower and coach) on the athletic aspects of the coxswain seat. Connect with us on our website at https://www.CoxPod.com, on our Slack channel, or on social media.
  12. It’s way more than the screech from bad wiring. The common perception is that coxswains give feedback, but the other side of that coin is just as important. Coxswains aren’t only sources of output. To excel, we have to be receptive to input. In this episode, we talk about how to receive and integrate feedback from coaches, rowers, and race officials. Connect with us on our website at https://www.CoxPod.com, on our Slack channel, or on social media.
  13. How do you make your words count? How can we wield our words most effectively? Like James Bond (the original 007), a laconic man known for pithy phrases, a great coxswain can learn to use words like Q’s sophisticated gadgets. We also talk about how you can leverage your feedback to support the team’s goals. Connect with us on our website at https://www.CoxPod.com, on our Slack channel, or on social media.
  14. A different kind of animal. If your first instinct upon hearing that you’re going to be coxing a bowloader is “#?@$!,” this episode is here to help. We talk about what makes communication in this boat type different from in a stern-loaded boat, and discuss how to develop the almighty “boat feel.” Connect with us on our website at https://www.CoxPod.com, on our Slack channel, or on social media.
  15. A renowned coxswain advocate joins us. The prolific author of the “Ready all, row” blog joins us for a conversation about how coxswains can improve their skills, why coaches should coach their coxswains, and other topics relevant to the “oar-less” rower. We’re grateful that a visionary colleague in the coxswain content world is our first guest. Connect with us on our website at https://www.CoxPod.com, on our Slack channel, or on social media.
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