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THE COLLEGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY ROWING CAMP
The College of William and Mary Summer Rowing Camp prides itself on offering a superior, lengthier, and more affordable summer rowing camp experience than just about any other program nationwide.
Our camp is for intermediate (at least 1 semester of competitive rowing) or advanced (*will need a note from your coach) sweep rowers aged 13-18, and costs $599 for the 6 days of rowing camp. We will be limiting camp to 20 rowers/coxswains of each gender for each week of camp. Each session will be coed in order to better simulate a college atmosphere and campers will participate in meals and the evenings' activities together, but will practice and room separately. Camp will begin Sunday evening with check-in and introductions, and will culminate the following Friday afternoon with an intra-camp race. For the duration of the William and Mary Rowing Camp rowers will room in air-conditioned William and Mary dorms (2 per room), eat three meals a day in the college's dining halls, and practice at the college's indoor and outdoor rowing facilities (including its new Boathouse). Summer camp will be fully supervised by our staff of William and Mary student-athletes, and the boys will be coached by our Varsity Men’s coach, Nathan Walker, while the girls will be coached by our Varsity Women’s Coach, Travis Hall.
While at camp, rowers will practice twice daily with the William and Mary Varsity coaches, Nathan Walker and Travis Hall, who will focus on and teach a different aspect of the rowing stroke or recovery at each practice. Before heading out on the water, rowers and coxswains will be provided with a well-articulated breakdown and explanation of that practice's focus including any subtle nuances demanding special attention, as well as the rationale behind that day's focus. Such a thorough breakdown and explanation will be employed in order to help rowers better understand the physics behind rowing, what rowing coaches look for from their athletes and boats, and why they are looking for it. Our coaches will engage rowers and coxswains at practice with the help of dockside rowers, form specific drills, on the water boat-specific and person-specific rowing form critique, and after practice using video analysis. Our coaches will also discuss the many different levels of collegiate rowing, and the opportunities provided to student-athletes at those collegiate programs.In addition to the strong focus on rowing form and conditioning, campers will be introduced to life at William and Mary, the second-oldest college in the nation, in a supervised and structured atmosphere.
On top of all the rowing activities campers will also have planned nightly group activities such as a night at the movies, capture the flag on old campus, boat Jeopardy, and a bone chilling, crazy scary ghost tour of nearby Colonial Williamsburg.
Please encourage your rowers and rower parents to look at our website (www.wmrowing.org/camp), and we encourage anyone interested in William and Mary’s Rowing Camp to sign up sooner rather than later, as we expect all three weeks to be full. Thank you very much for helping us spread the word, and please feel free to contact me or Coach Walker with any questions you may have.
Student Camp Director
Director of Rowing
The College of William and Mary
Who: A coed camp for all high school athletes ages 13-18
Cost: $599 for 2011
Where: Campus of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
Questions and Registration: see website (link above)
SPARKS ROWING CAMP
At Sparks, our entire staff rowed in college, coached college crews, and works full-time in rowing. We're not part-timers or new-comers - and we worked to find a solid, diverse staff for our camp. Our rowing camp coaches understand what crew in college is all about - most are head coaches, and some are Olympians.
Our rowing camp's staff takes campers through every piece of the sport - from sculling to sweeping to the rowing recruiting process. And they're able to do it on an individual level much of the time. Meanwhile, campers enjoy a community feel at a rowing camp that's unparalleled.
We've seen so many coxswains come to us looking not only for recruiting guidance counseling, but coaching. Given we employ an Olympic medal winning coxswain as an associate this isn't surprising - but it does lead us to recognize there's a real need in our community for coxswain education. Thus, we're creating the first specific coxswain development camp interlaced with our rowing camp.
With a curriculum created by US Men's coxswain Marcus McElhenney, we're excited about our coxswain camp. Coxswains will cox (wow!), learn to row, and spend hours of independent time with some of the most heavily medaled coaches and folks in the coxing community.
Coaches at our camp have incentive to educate, and it makes a difference in terms of kindling an atmosphere where the focus is on our campers, first and foremost.
Our staff have made this sport their lives, enjoyed and been successful at it; they see it as important to pass the torch. Thanks to our structure, they're able to on a real level.
From mandatory fun time to private coaching and from work in teams to downtime in the dorms, we see our rowing camp as a place where campers can find their place in rowing and be challenged to grow as people and athletes.
Who: A coed camp for all high school athletes ages 15-19
Cost: $1,299 for 2011
Where: Middletown, CT on the campus of Wesleyan University: air-conditioned dorms and on-campus boathouse with sweep and sculling shells. Shuttles will run between Hartford Airport and camp (25 minutes) on Tuesday and Sunday.
Registration: Quick Registration Link via credit card
Supervision: The staff lives among athletes, and students have oversight 24 hours a day. Unhealthy substances are strictly prohibited.
Payment: May be made in full with a $500 deposit, or via a $525 deposit then $799 due April 2011. Deposits are non-refundable.
Refunds: Refunds minus deposit are available until July 1, 2011.
2011 Wahoo Rowing Camp for Boys
Three camp sessions are offered:
Join the coaching staff from Virginia Men's Rowing in beautiful Charlottesville, VA, home of the University of Virginia, for four days of rowing. Camps will be held at the Thomas Temple Allan Boathouse, home of Virginia Rowing. Address is 276 Woodlands Rd, Charlottesville, VA.
Each session offers athletes the opportunity to row in one of two groups:
- the skill-development group, or
- the high-performance group
Skill Development Group
For athletes who have completed at least one season of high school rowing or club rowing.
Emphasis will be on basic rowing technique, drilling, basic biomechanics, and general boatmanship. The rowing stroke will be analyzed in depth. Each rower will receive on-the-water coaching, ergometer instruction, and daily video analysis, as well as instruction at VMR's indoor rowing tank.
Together with the high-performance group, we will incorporate land-based functional training and flexibility training in order to identify and correct common muscular deficiencies such as reciprocal inhibition, synergistic dominance, and asymmetry. The training will improve proprioception, balance, and muscular symmetry.
Coxswains: Emphasis will be on boat-handling skills, both on and off the water. Learn how to make basic calls and how to reliably lead rowers through practice drills—an essential skill that is highly valued by all coaches.
Questions about the skill-development group? Please e-mail Erich Shuler, Assistant Coach, at
High Performance Group
For athletes who have already competed in their school's/club's varsity 8 or who believe they have a realistic chance of doing so this year.
Emphasis will be on acquiring technical skills and on applying them to race conditions. You'll row sweep and sculling boats, both large and small. Between sessions, athletes will learn about the biomechanics of rowing, about the science of physiology and training, and about mental preparation. The goal is for athletes to understand and internalize rowing both from theory and from practical experience.
Together with the skill-development group, we will incorporate land-based functional training and flexibility training in order to identify and correct common muscular deficiencies such as reciprocal inhibition, synergistic dominance, and asymmetry. The training will improve proprioception, balance, and muscular symmetry.
Who: A coed camp for high school boys ages 14-18
Cost: $690 for 2011
Where: Charlottesville, Virginia (through the University of Virginia Men's Rowing)
Questions and Registration: see website (link above) and/or contact below
Questions or comments about the high-performance group? Please e-mail Frank Biller, Head Coach, at
Rowing Camp information will be added as it is received. Continue to check back for crew camp updates.