|A Coxing Dictionary|
|Articles - Ninthgirl|
|Written by NinthGirl|
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In my search for "the magic words" over the years, I compiled a dictionary of some of my common calls. Several coxswains contributed unknowingly through my coach or their former rowers to what I know. So here is what I have compiled. Terms are of course, often specific to the team background I have, so feel free to ask questions.
Perhaps we could compile a sort of dictionary for coxswains looking for lines to say that we could keep on coxie.com?
Catches should be early, quick, sharp, and precise. Backsplash or backing the blade in refers to a small amount of water sent up towards the bow by a blade that is catching at the right time.
"Don't wash out!"
"Lots of backsplash!"
"Make that blade disappear!"
"Quick/aggressive at the catch!"
"Back those blades in!"
"Back it in!"
"Don't row it in!"
"Quick catch!" This version is the one that was revised by my coaches for the novices on my high school team, so that's why some of the explainatory notes, if you're new, you may appreciate them. Also, feel free to add your own favorite lines.