Presentation on theme: "Max Heron with additionals from Nick Francis"— Presentation transcript:
1 Max Heron with additionals from Nick Francis Coaching TechniqueAlex HenshilwoodERRC Conference24 November 2013Max Heron with additionals from Nick Francis
2 3 elements Physiology Psychology Technique – approach in this order TrainingPsychologyAre you someone that people want to row with?Technique – approach in this orderMatching-up (everyone doing the same? Find a model?)Length – at catch and finishPower – how and when applied – watch end of handleExplain “What – How – Why” especially why coach asks crew to do something
3 Finish Watch the blade handle movement Avoid square blade rowing especially at the finish – tend to pull down and miss some finish – see diagrams. Especially notable if do square blade transition for warm up – boat is too slow and athletes “heave” the blade down into lap.Avoid stroke build up at square bladesFeather close to the water . Useful drill is arms only (and then extend) but leave blade flat on water immediately after extraction. Do not tap down and then return blade to river. “Skilful” hands not fast hands. Take blade out of back of puddle. Let blade just pop out.“Away and down” rather than “down and away”!TheoreticalActually miss the finishIdeal – path handle follows shape of bow of boat
4 Recovery Must flow throughout Avoid separation of the movements eg avoid “hands; body; slide” with pauses. Creates multiple speeds so slows boat – ie body cannot move as fast as hands can, legs are different again.Consistent handle speed throughoutSet the speed of recovery as early as possibleMaintain consistent speed throughout (see above)
5 Catch Comfortable; compressed; strong position; rotation Check inside arm is bent (or shoulder parallel with handle but few can manage that)Coach catch from the finishUse pictures of good crewsTummy on thighs rather than chest on kneesAvoid separationDon’t square too late!Early squaring can lead to high catches. All that matters is getting in crisply and applying power fast.