August 29 or September 4 @ 4:30-6:30 p.m., Pool Demos - Perkins Natatorium
These will outline what try-outs entail, when, and where they will be. It will also give you an opportunity to try some balance drills in the water in the pool.
2) Register with the NCAA Clearing House. www.ncaaclearinghouse.net
3) Fill out the paperwork I email to you, and bring it to the training room located in Ford Stadium or email it to our trainer Recia Schuil at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4) When you get on campus make an appointment at the Health Center and get your free physical. Use the form I send you.
5) Take a sickle cell test either at the Health Center or with your home doctor and have them email or fax the results to our training room 214-768-1225 care of Recia Schuil.
6) Fill out the online compliance information/forms, to make sure you understand the NCAA rules that our Sr. Associate Compliance Director will send you.
Bill McLean, Novice Coach
Jessi Hooper, Recruiting Coordinator
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Types of Rowing
Sweep Boat or Shell
SHELL: Another term for a boat, specifically, a boat used in racing.
BOW: End of the boat closest to the direction of travel. See diagram. Also can be used to refer to one-seat, or in conjunction with either four or pair. Bow-four refers to seats four through one. Bow-pair refer to seats two and one.
STERN: End of the boat farthest from the direction of travel. See diagram. Also can be used in conjunction with either four or pair. Stern-four refers to seats eight through five. Stern-pair refer to seats eight and seven.
PORT: Side of the boat to the coxswain's left and to the rower's right. See diagram. The oar sticks out to a port-rower's right.
STARBOARD: Side of the boat to the coxswain's right and to the rower's left. See diagram.
BLADE (HATCHET OR SPOON): The face of the oar that pushes against the water.
OARLOCK: Square latch to hold the oar and provide a fulcrum for the stroke against the rigger.
RIGGER: An apparatus on the side of the boat to provide a fulcrum for the lever (oar).
FOOT STRETCHER: Part of the boat where the shoes are attached and where the rower pushes his legs on the drive.
SKEG: Fixed plastic piece beneath boat for stabilization (keel). The rudder is mounted on it. It is also called a fin. The skeg (incl. rudder) can break off in shallow water. It can also break off by hitting the dock when putting the boat in the water or taking it out. Please be careful!
SLIDE: The tracks in which the seat rolls.
BACK STOP: A small block on the bow end of the slide, which holds the seat on track.
FRONT STOP: A small block on the stern end of the slide, which holds the seat in place.
RUDDER: A little fin on the bottom of the boat that the coxswain can control to steer the boat.
COXSWAIN: A very important member of the crew. Their primary job is steering but they also provide feedback during races about location on the course, relative position to other crews , and stroke rate per minute. They serve as an in-the-boat coach during races. They call power 10s and encourage the crew. However, they do not say, "Stroke, stroke, stroke."
COX BOX: A small electronic device which aids the coxswain by amplifying his voice and giving him a readout of various information, such as stroke ratings.
STROKE: One full motion to move a boat. Consists of the catch, drive, finish, and recovery. The stroke can also be used to refer to the person who sets the pace in the stern most seat of the boat.
CATCH: The part of the stroke where the oar enters the water.
DRIVE: Part of the stroke where the rower pulls the blade through the water using legs, back and arms to propel the boat.
LEG DRIVE: Term used for driving the legs against the foot stretchers on the drive.
LAYBACK: Term for how much you lean back at the finish. Too much is bad, too little is, well, bad also.
FINISH: Part of the stroke after the drive where the blades come out of the water. The rower removes the oar from the water, by first pushing downward then away with the hands.
RELEASE: Another term for finish.
FEATHERING: Rotating the oar in the oarlock so that the blade is parallel to the surface of the water. Roll the blade with your inside hand (hand closest to the blade) so the blade is parallel to the water, concave upwards. This is done at the start of the recovery, and the blade is squared again before the end of the recovery
RECOVERY: Part of the stroke where the rowers comes back up the slide slowly towards the catch. The oar is pushed away from the body by extending the arms, reaching the body forward and compressing the legs so the shin is vertical, preparing for the next Catch. The oar should not drag on the water.
STROKE RATE: How many strokes per minute are being taken.
Rowing Commands or Terms
READY ALL, ROW: Coxswain call to begin rowing.
WAY ENOUGH: Command for rowers to stop, while letting the boat run. Usually given a 2-stroke warning, as in, "In two, way enough." Rowers know that in one (said at the catch), rowers complete one full stroke; and in two (said at the second catch), rowers complete this second full stroke and end at arms away, blades squared, boat balanced. Note: In an emergency, the command is "Way enough, hold water!" Stop whatever you are doing and hold water.
CHECK IT DOWN: Coxswain call that makes all the rowers drag their oar blades through the water perpendicularly. Blades are squared and partly buried, effectively stopping the boat. Used in landings, turns, before race starts, etc.
HOLD WATER: Coxswain call similar to "Check it down."' Akin to braking hard. Blades must be square and buried, oars held tightly to break the boat's momentum. Very important in emergency situations, also used before race starts, turns, etc.
LET IT RUN: Coxswain call for all rowers to stop rowing and pause at the finish, letting the boat glide through the water and coast to a stop. Used as a drill to build balance.
ONE FOOT UP, AND OUT: Command for exiting a sweep boat. Procedure is as follows: The outside hand holds the oar away from the body. The inside hand holds the gunwale to the dock. The inside foot is removed from the foot stretchers and placed on the step-in board, the body weight is shifted forward as the rower stands supporting himself on their inside leg. The outside is placed on the dock, as the rower gets out of the shell.
POWER 10 (or 20 or 30, etc.): Coxswain call to take a certain number of power strokes. A power stroke is a stroke that musters all the strength the rower can give.
RUN: The distance the boat moves between strokes. Long run is very good. Run can be visually measured by the distance between the last puddle made by two-seat and where eight-seat's blade enters the water.
SET (the boat): command to Balance the boat. Generally used when rowers are not rowing but sit relaxed with both hands on the oar as it floats feathered on the water. Each rower setting the boat is actively maintaining a constant oar handle height, thereby keeping the set/balance of the boat steady and centered. Rowers' body leans (or lack thereof) also affect the side-to-side balance.
SQUARE: The blade is perpendicular to the water. Rowing square blades is rowing without feathering during the recovery.
Miscellaneous Rowing-Related Terms
ERG (ERGO/ERGOMETER/ERG MACHINE) - A rowing machine designed to simulate the actual rowing motion; used for training and testing.
REGATTA - An organized rowing race.
HEAD STYLE RACING is done in the fall and can be done on river, where there are twists and turns. The shells do not line-up, but race against the clock, after starting one behind the other, like the time trials in cycling. You need not pass another crew to beat it, but if you pass someone that started in front of you, you have surely beat their time. The race distance is usually 3 miles long.
SPRINT RACING is done with the crews starting with the bow of their shells even a racing parallel to each other. They start together, and the first crew to cross the finish line wins. We do this racing in the spring.
NOVICE - a rower in their first 12 months of rowing. Since it takes most people a while to refine the basics of rowing and racing, they can row against others of similar experience level.