Category Archives: Psychology

How to find your rowing strengths and weaknesses

A coaching mnemonic for rowers Over the years I have coached all age groups and have used the mnemonic F.I.T to help focus minds and discover where the strengths and weaknesses are in particular rowers. I have a board in the boathouse that I use to address both new and developing rowers. It asks the […]

Emotional Intelligence for Coaching Rowing

Chris Shambrook: Intelligence for Coaching  Discuss the most rewarding coaching experience you ever had round the table.  What did you feel like? Emotional intelligence for coaching rowing First task Write down 4/5 words about the athletes who are easiest to coach Alongside write down 4/5 words about how you feel when coaching them Chicken or […]

Rowing Socks fun

Fullers Head of the River Fours

I sat in the bow seat of a coxed four for a long distance race (the Fours Head of the River). It was remarkable for two things. Firstly we were a girls sweep crew and being chased by a mens quad and secondly I learned the difference between port and starboard. Des was our coxswain […]

Crossing the Line Sport Webinars June 2018

Crossing the Line Sport Webinars May/June 2018

An athlete/player’s intense training and competing schedule leaves little time for education and personal development. Crossing the Line (experts in supporting athletes) have responded to this need by developing a unique series of webinars that will be available live and on-demand to cater to their various schedules and time zones. Each month has a different […]

I feel excluded in my rowing club

exclusion, ducks, one yellow duck, rowing club exclusion

I feel excluded. Do I quit my rowing club? Do not quit yet. But do some personal therapy right away. Take a sheet of paper and write down why you feel “excluded” and include what the behaviours are that you see from others that cause you to have the feeling of exclusion. Then date it […]

Jim Joy versus the Rowing Stroke part 2

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What are we looking for when we are observing someone out on the river in a single shell? For me, whether the person is a sculler or a slugger depends on two major qualities. Does the shell pause momentarily in its sliding forward and does the bow sink below the horizontal at the release. These […]

Winner in CTL competition

Congratulations to Hannah from Trinity Lutheran Rowing Club in Australia who won our competition to get one month’s free access to the Crossing the Line Sport athlete wellbeing webinars. If you fancy getting more competition entries – join the Rowperfect newsletter.  Every month we pick one subscriber at random to win.  It could be YOU!

Mental skills for athletes webinars – WIN 1 month free

Crossing the line Webinars

Crossing the Line Sport has teamed up with Rowperfect to offer you the chance to win one month webinar access in a free competition.  Read on for how to win. An athlete/player’s intense training and competing schedule leaves little time for education and personal development. Crossing the Line (experts in supporting athletes) have responded to […]

Guest Blog: Winter Workouts: Why do Rowers Fear the Erg?

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I am really frustrated by our sport when it comes to the erg being viewed as a torture device rather than a helpful tool that people can enjoy. This negative mindset, which is extremely contagious, plagues the sport, preventing athletes from training to their potential and possibly serving as one of the reasons that careers […]

How does Alexander Technique help rowing?

Jonathan Drake, author of the ebook Rowing from a Holistic Perspective was interviewed on a podcast called Body Learning. In the 25 minute podcast he focuses on rowing from a wider perspective in relation to the Alexander Technique  Have a listen to How the Alexander Technique can help you take advantage of the fitness benefits […]