Category Archives: Juniors

7 steps for Rowing Coaches dealing with pushy parents

A Parents' Guide to Rowing book

There are many conversations across the web about how coaches deal with pushy sports parents doting over their children. Some parents even stop their children from competing for fear of injury or loss of study time. Mac from Basketball For Coaches recommends these 7 steps: Coaches and Parents behaviour: never talk to someone that is […]

Coaching psychology: Conditional Praise

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  THE CONTEXT: As some parents and coaches continue to rely on what I call “conditional praise” as a form of motivation, I hope they’re aware of some of the unintended consequences.  When I was a young boy competing in sports I spent a good lot of my time in the pursuit of approval—praise—from those […]

Makeup and Rowing

Last week after rowing in our boathouse: Four women – six men. All of them Masters. We were just about leaving when a very interesting topic came up: Makeup in sports and makeup in rowing We were discussing  sunburns and how to protect your skin while rowing. Belinda asked the queston: Besides sunscreen lotion – […]

World Rowing Regatta Calender

Soon after the World Champs in Linz, World Rowing Counsel of FISA has updated and released the World Rowing Regatta Calender for the next few years. Some destinations are not fixed yet – still most are confirmed. Take a look at some selected events. More infos at the World Rowing Regatta Calender. Here. Some bids are […]

Sport nutrition for a 17 year old girl

Apart from the 3 square meals per day, how can my 17 yr old daughter a competitive rower , what protein shakes can she have to increase her performance & bulk do you recommend? What foods does she need to eat and what portions she does train 6 times per week. Great question. I”m not […]

What Shape is your Rowing Club? Filling out the Hourglass

In his article “What Shape is your Rowing Club?” Duncan Holland introduced the ‘Hourglass’ model which represent many clubs, with many Masters and Junior members but few Seniors. Until recently my club was in the same position. The club has always had a large junior squad, but we would lose our older juniors who moved […]

Rowing rigging for 16 year olds

nuts bolts guide rigging

Question: What Rigging set up should I use for a 16 year junior girl?  From a high school in New Zealand. You asked about rigging boats for a 16 year old girl – here are some Rowperfect Resources which should help you out. You don’t specify sweep or sculling so I’ve included both. Sweep Oar […]

Get ready for the new season

get ready, new rowing season preparation

Hooray it’s time to go rowing again!  In the northern hemisphere the autumn is time to get going in big boats ready for fall head racing and long distance training. But wait, your rowing club needs work first The equipment maintenance plan is essential to do first – before anything else. So set about organising […]

Happy New Rowing Year

New year 2018, Rowing year 2018

Hey every Northern Hemisphere reader – it’s the start of the 2018-19 rowing season.  Summer break is over.  School and work are kickstarting for the autumn. Get back into rowing shape Hopefully your summer break was fun, relaxing and didn’t include lots of training.  But we all know that autumn training means long distances and […]

Stretching hip flexors for rowing

Hip Flexor Stretches, rowing hip flexor

Found this really useful article on the Growing Bodies blog about hip flexors. The writer explains that they get tight and also “overactivity” in the hip flexor. Overactivity means you are using your hip flexors too much and they give two situations where this can happen – it’s best to adjust the stroke so you […]