With the excitement of Day 1, campers were a little groggy waking this morning. However, a hot breakfast at Usdan and a brisk walk down to the Macomber Boathouse got campers in the mood for a “Dynamic Warm Up.” Most campers have done a version of this with their home teams, but the entire camp got in the act in front of Macomber before meeting up with their assigned coaches for the day. Coaches split athletes up according to ability (port, starboard, or both), rowing experience, the assessment from Day 1, and rowing goals. Each coxswain is rotated for the duration of camp so they are able to work with ALL the coaches as well as have experience coaching boys, girls, and novices.
Before the afternoon session, rising juniors and seniors had the opportunity to schedule one on one time with the coaching staff to discuss anything – recruiting, training, nutrition, what coaches look for in an athlete, technique, etc. Providing athletes a different perspective allows athletes to develop and grow within the sport.
Athletes and coaches were now well into the routine, and campers and counselors met to walk down to the Macomber Boathouse. Coaches hopped in launches together to coach 1 or 2 boats together, and so the rowers/coxswains could practice training side by side. This week, our “Learn to Row” group had a little more experience than previous years, so they were able to get out in a coxed four. It was fun!
The evening session was split into two groups. Rising juniors and seniors met with Coach Marcus McElhenney and did a preliminary talk on college recruiting. On Day 3, campers will be treated to a “Coaches Panel” where they will be able to ask more specific questions in regards to recruiting and the recruiting timeline.
Underclassman (freshmen and sophomores) worked with Coach Patrick Rufo on a version of SPARKS “Why Rowing?” talk. Before young high school athletes begin the recruiting process, they have to build a foundation of why they chose and do the sport. Coach Rufo shared his experience, but it was mostly the athletes that came up with their own reasons of why they chose the sport. In the end, athletes discovered that everyone chooses rowing for different reason, and that gives them a solid reason to begin thinking about recruiting.
Athletes were definitely tired this evening! Most stayed indoors to catch a movie in the student lounge before heading off to bed. Coach Rufo decided to put the counselors through an assessment before everyone headed into the dorms for the evening.
ON TO DAY 3!