10 things every rowing coach should own

  1. A lunch bag: to pack your own lunch, of good healthy food, while keeping an eye on the wallet.  How many fat rowing coaches do you know?
  2. A notebook (physical or digital): to record those great insights, words of wisdom, important happenings.  Just use notes on your phone – or dictate your ideas to a recording app.
  3. A copy of your coaching philosophy.  Shouldn’t be more than a few lines.  Laminate it and keep it in your pocket.  Could also include your crew/club’s goals for the year.
  4. A workout space: to exercise, find peace of mind, escape for a few minutes.  Add inspirational pictures or objects if you can.
  5. 30 minutes within your day for health (workout, meditation, etc.).  Don’t assume you can do this while driving to the club in the morning.
  6. 30 minutes within your day for connection with your family/friends/support network
  7. A set of nice comfortable clothes.  Add waterproof to that list!
  8. Pack of thank you cards, and replenish as used.  Alternatively use chocolate.  It works just as well as long as hand delivered with the message.
  9. A library card or internet access: to checkout, for free, some of the exceptional resources  all coaches should read.  Subscribe to the Rowperfect  blog?
  10. A hat (totally optional): but who can coach without a hat?

Freely adapted with thanks to Mike Davenport from Coaching Sports Today

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