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43 minutes | May 5, 2016
26. Rowing Questions Part 3
Once again Mike and I (another Mike) are back at it, answer specific rowing questions. Over 40 minutes of speed, rigging, and tactics talks (including Johnny Cash discussion!!). We welcome aboard our first sponsor, row2k.com. The site all rowers and coaches should read every day! (I seem to have picked up a slight background ticking noise in parts of this recording. If the Audacity wizards can help, I’ll upload a cleaner version. I just wanted you to know that it’s not you … it’s me.) Here are the questions we tackle this month: Podcast questions for this episode How much do you script your race warm up? Do you practice it daily in the lead up to the race? Should race planning be athlete led or coach led? What is your favorite pre-race pump up song?(as a coach-not athlete) As you start competing against other crews, you get a sense of how much speed you need to gain (for example, you may need to up your base pace by 1 second/500m). What is one or some of your favorite on water workouts to give your crew the confidence of gaining speed over the competitive season? How much do you talk to your crews about the opposition? How much should you use a speed coach during a race? What is important to talk to your athletes about pre race- or not talk about at all? What is your pre race ritual as a coach? Night before ritual? Is any beer type more lucky than the other? Is there benefit to switching oar types, or length of oars, right before a championship race? In the Men’s Youth 8+ at Youth Nationals last spring, there were two teams in particular that did this. In the week before the regatta, one switched oar types and one shortened the overall length of their oars, both medaled. The post 26. Rowing Questions Part 3 appeared first on CoachingSportsToday.
44 minutes | Apr 4, 2016
25. Rowing Questions – Part 2
A very special rowing episode, in which Mike and I answer 8 questions submitted by listeners. These are some of our favorite sessions. It’s a lengthy episode, and here is what we tackled: Podcasts question for this episode What do you think about making rigging adjustments and not telling the rowers? How much do you talk to your athletes/gather their feedback about rigging changes? As your crew gets stronger throughout the spring season, do you recommend any rigging adjustments (lengthening oars, decreasing spread, etc.)? If so, how to you test that the changes are making your crew faster? Do you ever change your rig right before races where you would race it untested? For weather or other outside factors. Is it too early in the season to start rigging around individual rowers? Should we keep our rigs generic at this time of the year? What amount of technology do you recommend using when determining lineups and boat speed? What are some tools you ve used to help athletes understand their contribution to the overall boat speed in an 8+ after being able to see their individual effort throughout the winter? As you get into racing season, how much do you script your race w/up and practice it during the week before racing? Do you keep it the same all season long? Helpful rigging resources: Nuts and Bolts Guide to Rigging, by yours truly Concept2 basic rigging concepts MaxRigging.com FISA Coaching Handbook If you liked this episode please consider leaving a review or rating at iTunes. And if you have a questions for us, just send it to me, and we’ll see if we can get you a good answer. Mike D. The post 25. Rowing Questions – Part 2 appeared first on CoachingSportsToday.
11 minutes | Mar 16, 2016
24. Mike and Mike On Helping Your Athletes Prioritize
Your athletes (and you) are very busy people. I bet they have a long list of actions they have to take, right now, before your practice, your game, and that all important video session. Helping them learn how to balance and prioritize all their obligations can help them be a better athlete, and help you have a better team and be a more relaxed coach. The post 24. Mike and Mike On Helping Your Athletes Prioritize appeared first on CoachingSportsToday.
8 minutes | Mar 11, 2016
23. Mike And Mike Two Tips On Surviving Coaching
We discuss two simple things you can do, now, to increase the likelihood that you will survive and get more from your coaching. The post 23. Mike And Mike Two Tips On Surviving Coaching appeared first on CoachingSportsToday.
22 minutes | Feb 26, 2016
22. Rowing Questions
In this episode we answers 6 questions specific to rowing. They are: How much time do you spend in the first week on the water versus doing other stuff on land? What would that other stuff on land be? What kind of minutes and level of work should we be doing? What do you find is the most helpful drill to understand the connection between the blade and the boat as athletes return to water training and they need to finesse more than they had to during winter erg sessions? When do you feel that wind and bad weather are counter productive at a practice? Why do people row with Fat2’s? The post 22. Rowing Questions appeared first on CoachingSportsToday.
11 minutes | Feb 17, 2016
21. Mike and Mike on Leaving Practice on Time
We have to put our time into practice, just like the athletes. However, life pops up and a coach has to leave early or even miss a practice. A few thoughts on how to prepare for this and time/practice management. The post 21. Mike and Mike on Leaving Practice on Time appeared first on CoachingSportsToday.
8 minutes | Feb 10, 2016
20. Mike and Mike on Relating With People You Work With
People are our profession, but sometimes we struggle with the people closest to us especially other coaches. There are several of reasons for this, and there are actions you can take to help keep things working smoothly. Mike and Mike discuss those, and how you can be the empathetic coach that makes a difference. The post 20. Mike and Mike on Relating With People You Work With appeared first on CoachingSportsToday.
10 minutes | Feb 3, 2016
19. Relating with an Athlete
Mike and I talk about the world of relating to an athlete, in response to the question, “How can I best form productive and effective relationships with my athletes?” This topic is a very deep one, and we touch on a few important issues, along with challenges and rewards. It has been reported that relationships are the number one reason why coaches get fired, and athletes quit their sport. Important stuff, for sure. The post 19. Mike and Mike on Relating with an Athlete appeared first on CoachingSportsToday.
8 minutes | Jan 23, 2016
18. Mike & Mike On Improving Your Coaching
I’m joined by long-time friend and longer-time coach, Mike Hughes. Mike and I talk about how to improve as a coach, and layout action steps you can take, right now, to take it up a notch. The post 18. Mike & Mike On Improving Your Coaching appeared first on CoachingSportsToday.
9 minutes | Jan 23, 2016
17. Smarter Coaching
I passed her in the hall. She was crying. I asked her what was going on. Was she okay? She responded, I don t know what I m doing. Coaching is pure craziness. Later, when we talked, she spilled her frustrations on the table. I m a smart person. There s just so much stuff about coaching I don t know. I ve come to learn that a LOT of us coaches are struggling with getting better. Coaching sports mean learning as you go. Few colleges offer a coaching degree, and coaching education exists in a vacuum. Most new college coaches come to coaching armed with background as an athlete in the sport, not as a coach. Some coaches don t even have the athlete background. [Click here to read the written version of this article.] The post 17. Smarter Coaching appeared first on CoachingSportsToday.
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