Whether it’s for your coach or for the coach in your family, you know they deserve something totally awesome. One thing that athletes often forget is how much time their coaches put into helping them become the best they can be. They sacrifice their time, time with their families, and many other things to spend countless hours working with us. Make sure this Christmas you take some time, get together with your teammates, and figure out a fun way to say “thank you” for all the work they put into this past fall season. The tricky part is figuring out what to get for the coach that seemingly has everything.
1. Oar trophy | One of my favorite rowing traditions is seeing teams get one of their blades, sign it, and present it to their coach. Not only is it a really creative gift, but it’s also unique to your team. If you have some old oars lying around, you can use one of those or you can see if some of the parents can pitch in to cover the costs of getting a professional trophy made. (1, 2, 3)
2. SpeedCoach | A SpeedCoach is one of those “must have” coaches tools. NK has a ton of options available, which makes it easy for you to find the one that fits your coach’s needs.
3. SpeedCoach App | If a SpeedCoach is breaking the budget, consider the SpeedCoach app. It has all the same features as a physical SpeedCoach, in addition to some really cool additions, such as various “courses” (like Head of the Charles!) under the workouts section. At $49.99 it’s much cheaper than an actual SpeedCoach while still getting the same great product.
4. Registration to a coaches clinic | Coaches clinics are to coaches what rowing camps are to rowers…opportunities to learn from the best, pick up some tips, and improve our skills. USRowing frequently has clinics for those looking to get their Level 1 and Level 2 certifications and they often bring in some of the biggest names in rowing to guest-speak. Some of the larger rowing programs across the country frequently hold clinics as well. A popular clinic that many coaches I know attend is the Joy of Sculling conference held in early December in Saratoga, NY. Check RegattaCentral under the “Camps and Clinics” tab to see if there are any clinics near you that your coach might be interested in attending.
5. Gift cards | Don’t be turned off by gift cards … they’re a great gift if you’re stuck on what to get. Do you know your coach’s favorite restaurant? Get them a gift card so they can go and have a nice dinner. Are they constantly talking about how they need to get some new cold weather gear? How about a gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods? The options here are endless.
6. The Nuts & Bolts Guide to Rigging | This is one of the most well known rowing-related books on the market. If your coach is frequently tinkering with the riggers and playing with new spacings, they would probably enjoy this book. If they already have this one or you’re looking for something a little less technical, some other great options include The Last Amateurs, The Red Rose Crew, The Shell Game, The Amateurs, Wanted: Rowing Coach, The Eight, and my personal favorite, Mind Over Water.
7. Pitch Meter App | This does the same things as a digital pitch meter but allows them to use their phone instead of having to keep track of another gadget.
8. Rowing accessories | What guy doesn’t love ties?