The Foundry Summer Rowing Camp
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Summer Rowing Opportunities
Learn to Row
The Learn to Row program is an excellent opportunity for young athletes to learn and improve their skills. No experience is necessary - the coaches will teach everything a new rower needs to know to start their on the water career. Athletes will gain experience through sculling (two oars per person), land work on our ergometers (indoor rowing machines), indoor rowing tanks, on shore and on water general skills. Because athletes and families are often busy, sessions are scheduled for Monday through Friday 9am to noon. Pair with our Learn to Sail program and run 9am to 4pm with lunch provided. Athletes will also learn about the nature of the Cuyahoga River and history of the Flats as provided by the Cleveland Metroparks. Parent orientation is held during the first hour of the first session of all Learn to Row programs. Athletes are encouraged to participate in more than one session for a more complete experience and will be prepared to participate in additional rowing opportunities in the fall with The Foundry depending upon age at the completion of this course.
Please know that all rowers must complete a swim test prior to going on the water. The swim test form is included in the registration process below and can be completed at any pool with a certified lifeguard. Please reach out and let us know how we can help to identify a pool to do the test or where to find swim lessons.
Dates: All sessions are one week long Monday through Friday 9AM-12PM
Rower Training Experience
Rower Training Experience (RTX) is a non-competitive program for middle school students in which athletes have the opportunity to try the sport in a fun and safe environment. The relaxed learning environment develops skills, through land and water-based training, to be used in the competitive program.
RTX is more rigorous than our Learn to Row (LTR) program; athletes will dig deeper to find more boat speed and technical prowess and is a great stepping stone between our LTR program and the Competitive Team.
**Prerequisite: At least one Learn-to-Row session
Dates: Summer RTX is three days per-week
No practice the week of July 4th
Practices are as follows:
Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays 4:30-6:30pm
U19 & U23 Summer Team
High-level training for U19 (typically high school athletes, but anyone under the age of 19 is eligible) and U23 (typically college students, but anyone under the age of 23 is eligible) athletes who are currently experienced rowers looking to hone their skill and achieve in top competitions in North America. All participants will experience positive growth and development, and select crews will compete in regattas.
This year we are accepting the first 20 female U19 athletes and first 20 male U19 athletes (16 rowers and 4 coxswains for each) and the first 8 female U23 rowers and first 8 male U23 rowers at registration below. Please have 2k and 6k times ready at registration.
Athletes will be sorted into high performance and development squads. High performance squad will travel to two regattas and the development squad will travel to one local regatta. Regattas will be additional cost.
Practices are as follows for both U19 & U23:
Monday through Friday 5:30-7:30am
Tuesday and Thursday 5:30-7:30pm
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Chris Deyoung has worked at Sparks since 2013. He has coached rowing on the high school and collegiate level at Rutgers and Michigan. He holds a B.A. from Rutgers and an M.Ed. from the University of Michigan. His program at Rutgers went to club status while Chris worked as the recruiting coordinator there, and he brings an understanding of the collegiate athletic club experience to Sparks.