bg-3 Sparks Rowing at Wesleyan – Session II – Middletown, CT – Day 2

Sparks Rowing at Wesleyan – Session II – Middletown, CT – Day 2

Sparks Rowing at Wesleyan – Session II – Middletown, CT – Day 2


Day 2

It’s hot already. Campers definitely took coaches’ and counselors’ advice and loaded up on the water this morning. Usdan Dining commons was quiet this morning, as campers prepared for the work on the water. When they arrived at the Macomber Boathouse, athletes were introduced to the process – coaching launches needed to be brought down to the water, oars needed to be put out on the boat ramp, and athletes needed to warm up as coxswains were introduced to the course and the traffic pattern.

“Usdan Dining Commons – Quiet…”

“Introduction to the Boathouse”

“Sumo Squats – Dynamic Warm Up”

“Coxswains Meeting”

Following warm up, athletes were split up into their individual boats. Coaches are really focus on GOOD technique this week, and some of the athletes were introduced to concepts of movement “together.” It is one thing to be able to pull on an oar, it is another to do it all together effectively.

“More Warm Up”

“Restore range of motion before practice”

“Are you moving together?”

“Are your bodies in the same position?

“Launching!”

“Down to Waists”

LEARN TO ROW – ERGING AND WATER TIME!

This week we have 6 “Learn to Rows” and Coach Peter Belmonte wasted no time getting them in sync:

“On the Ergometers”

“Learning to Set the boat”

Here some video of them in action on the first day!

Woo!

COACHING ONE ON ONE’S AND AFTERNOON SESSION – BEAT THE HEAT!

After lunch, campers had the opportunity to meet with coaches for one-on-one sessions. The heat did not discourage campers from engaging coaches, and all were smart staying in the air conditioning before the afternoon session. Athletes went through another warm up, led by Counselor/Coach Ali Abrams, and they were on their way!

“Coaching One on One’s”

“Coaching One on One’s II”

“SMILE”

“ONWARD Rowers!!!”

“What Heat?”

“Off the dock”

“Coxswain Education: Rigging with Coach Handler”

“Three Eights Across”

“Teamwork all the way through!”

EVENING LECTURE – “WHAT DO I WANT? WHY DO I LOVE ROWING”

In the evening, Coach Rufo and Coach McElhenney split the group into rising junior/seniors and underclassmen. Coach McElhenney spoke with rising juniors/seniors about the Recruiting process and what they should be doing now to get ready for next year. Coach Rufo spoke with underclassmen about Recruiting but from the standpoint of building a foundation on “Why I Love Rowing?” Both groups were very engaged, and asked a lot of questions and added a lot of input.

“Coach McElhenney talks about “What you should be doing now””

 

“Recruiting: What do I want?”

“I row for the TEAM/SOCIAL aspect.”

“I row for me. A time to REFLECT and it has a STRONG place in my life.”

“I row for my TEAM. We have a common goal and TRUST and WORK TOGETHER to achieve it.”                                                                 (Also we chose this serious face together…)

“I row to ACHIEVE my PERSONAL goals, and to improve myself.”

“I row to COMPETE against others and myself. WIN BABY WIN!”

“ROWING/COXING IS FUN!”

ON TO DAY 3!

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