The goal of the Men’s Development Camp is to provide an introduction to the camp environment for those athletes seen as having the physical potential to contribute to the National Team in future years. The program will eliminate the stress of selection, while placing them alongside other highly motivated and competitive individuals.
On-water instruction will focus on technical improvements necessary for boat moving ability. Sessions will work in 4+’s, 2-‘s, 2x’s, and 1x’s as they develop better boat sense and become more well-rounded oarsmen. Each athlete will come out of the program with basic proficiency in both sweep and sculling and the ability to be comfortable rowing both port and starboard. Each session will be conducted in a less than 8:1 coach to athlete ratio and focus on low intensity technical work. Though some inter squad racing will take place there will be no external racing component to the camp.
In addition to on-water sessions athletes will receive technical input on the ergs, and be exposed to testing methods used at the High Performance, Junior Selection Team and Senior National Team levels. Instructional sessions will be held and implemented in basic weight training, video analysis, flexibility, core strength, nutrition, injury prevention, and cross training. The goal of these sessions will be to provide athletes with a program that can be implemented in conjunction with their current training program to better prepare them for the rigors of international racing.
Dates: June 19th to July 7th
Participants: 30-34 Athletes with a 2001 or prior birth year and are 6’2” with sub 7:00 2k
Cost: $3,200. Includes room and board and all rowing expenses during time at Bates College. Athletes will be responsible for transportation.
Location: Bates College – Lewiston, ME. Athletes will be housed in on-campus housing with access to 24 ergs, varsity weight room, and dining facilities. On water sessions will take place at the Bates College Boathouse located on the Androscoggin River approximately nine miles from campus. The Androscoggin offers over eight miles of lightly used and protected water.
Staff: The program director will be Peter Steenstra, Head Men’s and Women’s Coach at Bates College and Director of The Joy of Sculling Apprenticeship Program.