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Overview

Essex Rowing’s programs are founded on two basic principles, excellence and service. Our goal is not simply to provide opportunities to row, but to ensure our participants the greatest possible experience. To accomplish this mission, Essex Rowing employs a full-time, professional coaching staff and provides state-of-the-art equipment for use in training and competition.
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Who Can Participate?

Involvement in Essex Rowing’s programs is unrestricted by geography. If you can make it to our site, you can participate. Our middle and high school programs are for athletes at the corresponding point in their secondary education. For athletes between years (i.e. in the summer) use the upcoming school level as your determining factor. The adult programs are open to any athlete who has graduated high school, with no upper age limit.
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Role of the Coxswain

If you were to compare the sport of rowing to horse racing, the rowers would be the horse and the coxswain (pronounced cox-ən) its jockey. The mechanics of the rowing stroke require the athletes to orient themselves in the boat opposite the direction they are traveling, with the only exception being the coxswain. When racing the coxswain is called upon to steer, make strategic decisions, and coordinate the actions of their crew. In practice the coxswain has the additional responsibility of serving as liaison between crew and coach, and ensuring the effective integration of practice plans. Coxswains are expected to demonstrate strong leadership and decision making skills, as well as the ability to communicate effectively in a variety of scenarios.

Individuals interested in pursuing this avenue in the sport can find detailed program information by following the appropriate rowing link for their age group and season desired (e.g. Youth Rowing [High School] Spring Season).
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Winter | Spring | Summer | Fall

Youth Rowing

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Essex Rowing's high school youth (aka junior) programs are structured and run as competitive teams with the ultimate goal of performing at a high level for year-round interscholastic competition. Novice (or first-year) athletes are initially run through months of skill development and basic aerobic training before ultimately testing themselves against other novice athletes in regional competition. Following their first year in the sport, athletes will move to the varsity level where they will focus their training on preparation for competition at a much higher level ranging from regional to national championships.
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Winter | Spring | Summer | Fall

Youth Rowing (Middle School)

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Separate program's for middle school youth (aka junior) are occasionally run throughout the year. In seasons where a separate program is not available, parents should consult with a coach about including their athlete in the high school session instead. Training for younger athletes will focus on skill development, basic aerobic training and eventually neuromuscular speed (i.e. short sprints.) Competitive opportunities may become available in the third or forth season of participation but should not be expected.
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Winter | Spring | Summer | Fall

Adult Rowing

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Our adult programs begin with introductory sessions which, like the youth, are focused on skill development and on building a basic level of fitness. Following these sessions participants will have the option of continuing at levels of involvement ranging from a couple of practices a week to regular training with the club's competitive team.
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Boat Storage

Essex Rowing does not currently provide storage space for privately owned shells but may do so in the future. If you would like to be contacted when the option becomes available please email Travis Gardner at travisgardner@essexrowing.org with your contact information and a description of your storage needs.
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