Winter Measured Feedback

Measured Feedback 2016 Winter Overview

Water and Land Based Rower and Coxswain Profiling

This camp deviates from the standard model in order to provide athletes with more detailed, holistic feedback. Rowers use standard ergometer testing protocols combined with new on-water technology that measures a rower’s power on the water. Coxswains are assessed using a set rubric created by our coxswain educators. The data from the assessments are combined to create a profile for each athlete.

At the end of camp, athletes meet individually with coaches to review their profiles. Profiles are used to score and percentile rank rowers and coxswains, provide feedback to help athletes prepare for the upcoming season, and impart perspective as to athletes’ development over the course of their rowing career.

With the introduction of new oarlock technology from NK and OarInspired, it is now possible to quantify and score an athlete’s ability to place force on the blade in the water. In other words, to measure a rower’s ability to move a boat. As such, we have asked Nich Parker (Head Coach, Columbia LWT Men’s Rowing; current national champions – Ph.D candidate in Group Biomechanics) and Andrew Carter (Head Coach, Iowa Women’s Rowing – MA in Biomechanics – Rowing Canada Level IV Coach – author of Rowing Canada’s coaching education program) to help us design the first short skills development camp in rowing where athletes receive feedback based off quantified land and water measures – producing a truly holistic profile.

Camp also provides an opportunity to score coxswains based off their steering, organization, commands, and overall awareness. Scoring and feedback will be provided by Marcus McElhenney (Olympic Bronze Medalist, 2008).

Rowing Measures

Camp will kick off with an introduction to protocols and coaching on how to deal with measurement stress. Our goal is to create an accepting, positive, and sometimes fun environment where athletes compete with themselves and measurement stress (which is absolutely normal) is minimized.

Water-based testing occurs in eights. Our ultimate measurement is each athlete’s impulse power – that is, the force exerted by the blade in the water, similar to a rower’s split on the ergometer. Smart oarlock technology provides catch and release angles, power through the drive, angle of maximum power, and true lock-on and release points relative to the catch and finish. Athletes are scored on multiple factors and then given a composite on-water score based off their impulse power.

Indoor testing will occur on the ergometer with standardized warm-ups and national team level testing protocols (2K, 6K, Peak Power). Each distance on the ergometer is important, and athletes should not expect to PR at any distance so much as work the whole composite battery.

Water and indoor results are combined to profile, score, and percentile rank camp athletes; rankings are not publicly posted. Athletes sit down with coaching staff prior to the end of camp to review their profiles. Staff and students will be able to pinpoint top areas for improvement, discuss how to pursue those areas, and speak about development potential over time.

Coxing Measures

Coxswain scoring is undeniably more subjective – however, such is the nature of coxing. Expectations are based off our coxswain curriculum developed by Marcus McElhenney and two more Olympic medalist coxswains, multiple national team staff including Laura Simon (the Junior National Team coxswain coach), and our work with hundreds of coxswains over the last half-decade.

Prior to camp, coxswains are issued a guide to the specific aspects of steering, organization, and commands where points may be earned. Prior to protocol start at camp, coxswain coaches will further outline and clarify the guide’s standards. Coxswains are scored on steering, organization, and commands simultaneous to rowing protocols. After rowing protocols are complete, coxswains have a chance to score on their ability to reflect on their performance at camp and identify areas for future improvement.

Coxswains will also receive a camp percentile rank; rankings are not publicly posted. Again, athletes will then sit down with coaching staff and review their profile and imbalances. Staff and students will be able to pinpoint top areas for improvement, discuss how to pursue those areas, and speak about development potential over time.

Feedback

We are of the opinion that everyone row in college if they find the right fit. As such, we seek to issue positive perspectives that motivate each athlete insofar as their specific ability to improve and develop over time.

Athletes will develop a take-home performance improvement plan identifying the particular athletic (aerobic, anaerobic, flexibility, etc.) or coxing (steering, organization, and command) skills they should seek to address for the coming season and some ideas on how to address them.

Our hope is that athletes will be able to utilize feedback from elite coaches to improve long after camp is over – thus providing longer term benefit than other short term rowing camp formats.

Measured Feedback Orlando Coaching Staff

Andrew Carter

Head Coach Women's Rowing, University of Iowa

Where to start here… Carter helped author Rowing Canada’s coaching education curriculum and the system is viewed as an international success – though that was 20 years ago. Since then, he’s coached on the international and collegiate level with the Canadian women, Vassar College, USC, Bates College, Clemson University, the University of Miami, and the University of Iowa. He also served as a regional coach in New Zealand. He holds a BA and MA in Kinesiology-Biomechanics and has argued with Volker Nolte (the only (other?) internationally known rowing biomechanist) on a monthly basis for the last twenty years about aspects of the sport that involve terms like “drag adjusted impulse” and that – if applied properly – could potentially generate a 0.003% increase speed over 10,000m.


Nich Parker

Head Coach, Columbia Lightweight Men

Beyond working on his Ph.D. in group biomechanics, Nich Parker holds an MA in Sports Administration and Pedagogy. Nich started coaching as a women’s coach at Ohio State before serving as the varsity assistant with the Yale heavyweight men for three years. After that, Nich worked with heavyweights at Columbia before assuming the freshman and now head position with their lightweight squad. He speaks fluent German and holds a fascination for how different (personality, nationality, or level) athletes approach workouts and the end affect of that approach. He acted as editor for rowing legend Jim Joy’s book, The Mind’s Eye.


Anderson Bourell

Rowing Specific Yoga and Holistic Health Instructor

The subject of a NYTimes piece on Mike Piazza, Anderson’s title is a little crazy, but it’s true. After prep school in Boston, baseball, and acting (he appeared in Fight Club) in his youth he choose to concentrate in holistic health – i.e. stretching, breathing, yoga, and nutrition – for rowing athletes. He is a known member of the community, attended Harvard training camps with Harry Parker for 10 years and has also been party to multiple New England prep schools’ efforts of the same nature. He has worked in the UK with junior athletes and with a variety of national teams. Anderson is not a typical rowing person in his concentration on holistic health or his approach, but he maintains a following that only lucky coaches enjoy.


Marcus McElhenney

Marcus McElhenney
Men’s Olympic Coxswain, US National Team
Sparks Coxswain Director

Marcus is a Philadelphia coxswain who’s found victory on the Schuylkill and many places elsewhere. After a successful scholastic career in Philadelphia, he coxed the USA Men to three world championship titles and the Olympic Men’s 8+ to a bronze at the 2008 Beijing Games. Marcus is an experienced junior coach and possesses a personal knowledge of many of the country’s former US team members coaching on the junior and collegiate levels. Marcus holds a JD and “moonlights” in corporate litigation.


Measured Feedback Orlando Details

  • Who:  Designed for experienced juniors, 14-18; open to all.
  • Cost:  $1,050 for overnight campers
  • Dates:  December 27-30, 2016
  • Where:  Orlando, Florida at the University of Central Florida - An unparalleled boathouse compound including bays and indoor facilities and bouyed course. Campers will stay at the Hampton Inn and Suites near the UCF campus.
  • Air Travel:  Students are advised to use Orlando International Airport (MCO) and arrive two hours prior to camp start. An airport shuttle will be available - feel free e-mail us for more information.
  • Payment/Refunds:  Payments may be made in full at RegattaCentral.com by using the table on the registration tab. Refunds minus a $500 deposit are available until a month before camp.
  • Camp Forms:  Camp Forms will be made available 6 weeks prior to camp on the camp forms tab.
  • Supervision:  The staff lives amongst the student athletes, and has oversight 24 hours a day. Unhealthy substances and/or behaviors are strictly prohibited.
  • Staffing:  Coaches are not guaranteed; some are active national team athletes or coaches and must prioritize that schedule. To find out about a particular coach, shoot us an e-mail.

Measured Feedback Orlando Registration

December 27-30, 2016

Women Men Coxswains
Open Open Open

Day Campers, please email us for a coupon code.

Measured Feedback Orlando Schedule

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
10AM - 1PM
Travel to Camp
7:30AM - 10AM
Breakfast and Assessment
7:30AM - 10AM
Breakfast and Assessment
7:30AM - 10AM
Breakfast and Final Row
10 AM - 11:30 AM
Warm Down Session
10 AM - 11:30 AM
Warm Down Session
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Coach/Student Meetings
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Lunch
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Lunch
11:00AM - 11:30AM
Concluding Presentation
1:00PM - 2:00PM
Check-In
1:00PM - 2:15PM
Private Coaching
1:00PM - 2:15PM
Private Coaching
11:30AM
Depart Camp
3:00PM - 6:00PM
Orientation & First Row
3:00PM - 5:00PM
On Water Assessment
3:00PM - 5:00PM
On Water Assessment
6:45PM - 7:30PM
Dinner
5:45PM - 6:30PM
Dinner
5:45PM - 6:30PM
Dinner
8:00PM - 8:45PM
Evening Seminar
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Evening Seminar
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Evening Seminar
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4

Camp Forms


Our waiver and residency agreement/code of conduct are emailed to you at time of registration by RegattaCentral via DocuSign. These may be filled out online and cannot be accepted as printed forms. Please email us if you do not receive them after registering.

The only form that needs to be printed and brought to camp is the health history below.


The Goals and Travel forms (below) are to be filled out and submitted online.