Coxswains for Masters Rowing

Coxswains for Masters Rowing

Post by Todd Clela » Thu, 09 Jun 1994 08:17:43


Our local masters rowing club is having trouble recruiting and keeping coxswains.
Any suggestions ?? Do any masters clubs pay their coxswains ?
 
 
 

Coxswains for Masters Rowing

Post by Meredith Morris-Ba » Thu, 09 Jun 1994 23:30:09


Quote:

>Our local masters rowing club is having trouble recruiting and keeping
coxswains.
>Any suggestions ?? Do any masters clubs pay their coxswains ?

We have often recruited Junior/highschool cox'ns from the nearby clubs (or
our own, if the program is running well) to cox our master's boats.  It is
great experiewnce for them, and you have a trainable cox to work with.  I
have never paid a cox to work wiht our boat, but I have paid coaches to give
us extra sessions.  Hope this helps!

Meredith Morris-Babb

 
 
 

Coxswains for Masters Rowing

Post by Bruce Mill » Thu, 09 Jun 1994 19:01:00


Quote:
> Our local masters rowing club is having trouble recruiting and keeping coxswains.
> Any suggestions ?? Do any masters clubs pay their coxswains ?

I know that a club in Detroit pays coxswains.  They use experienced high
school kids.  It makes sense, the kids are not likely to have a commitment
or comradery with masters rowers, so they need some other incentive to
stay involve

 
 
 

Coxswains for Masters Rowing

Post by quarr.. » Fri, 10 Jun 1994 15:27:41

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> Our local masters rowing club is having trouble recruiting and keeping coxswains.
> Any suggestions ?? Do any masters clubs pay their coxswains ?

Well, I frequently cox veterans (the UK equivalent of masters - damn, this is
going to be a dictionary job again, I can tell).  They "pay" me by their
behaviour, which is exemplary, and a huge improvement over many any-age clubs.
They are basically nice guys, out to train a bit and have a good time, and are
ready to fit in with my more serious rowing commitments if there is a clash.
As a result (for instance) this weekend I am going to try and drive up to
Nottingham on Sunday afternoon if I can, to cox a vet IV+ I know, after my
double outing with my regular club in the morning in Henley.  I know they will
probably try and pay me the petrol money even if I refuse.

A couple of other ways they make it worth my while - I get to go to the FISA
masters, which is a great laugh, and if I can't afford the fare they usually
help out..... - they are all oarsmen of decent experience, so they know what
they are about, and there is a great deal of mutually-appreciated
professionalism in the whole situation -    and they win a lot!

perhaps though the problem is that a lot of coxes don't like coxing
masters/veterans, and that is hard to overcome.  Teaching coxes in a veterans
club is a bit of a mug's game (naff idea), so they are better off trying to ask
existing coxes to join in now and again.  My lot have the advantage that they
quite happily go out in 2- or 4- when they can't find a cox - it isn't ideal,
but we always manage to get a couple of proper outings in the 4+ or 8 before a
race.  Flexibility's the key......

oh dear, I've been woffling (going on and on) AGAIN......

must be Bill's fault - he visited Oxford today, totally upstaging Prince
Charles, and DIDN'T GET RAINED ON!  Compared to that, an honorary degree must
be a bit flat.  And no, he wouldn't tell our press whether or not he
inhaled...

yours from the city of fairly spaced-out spires

Rachel.
Oxford.

ps.     Docklands results haven't arrived yet - I know the odd one if you want
to mail me directly, and the rest will go out when I get them.  
rq.