exercises

Control – Lay side

Practice: Lay the boat three strokes on stroke-side, three strokes level and three strokes on bow-side, and back to level and stroke-side again. So: stroke – level – bow – level. It is important that the boat is put subtly on a side, so that water-free rowing remains possible.
Sweep rowing: one side puts the handles deeper away and through the boat during recovery, the other side catches higher and draws the handles higher to the chest.
Sculling to stroke side: by holding the handles further apart.
Sculling to bow side: the hands touch each other twice during the stroke and recovery (1) and pushing the left handle deeper into the boat before the catch (2) and the right handle is pulled high to the chest at the end draw (3).
Type: Motor exercise. Uses differential learning. (Differential approach)
Purpose: Learning to actively maintain balance by use of the handles. Learn to correct balance disturbances (sweep rowing and sculling) by levelling boat at the catch and finish.
Sculling: Scullers need time to learn to put the boat on bow side. They will first need to practice in single scull or C1 before it can be used in a crew boat. It's a good idea to master the hardest part first, by placing a single scull or C1 permanently on bow side. Then alternately lay the boat on the bow side, level and stroke side.
Focus: Pay attention to the boat: is it consistently skewed or stays completely level. Look at the level of the gunwale or the angle of the riggers. Make sure the boat rolls close to the catch (or finish).
Transfer: For sweep rowing use the Battle of the sides exercise for transfer.
Variation: Perform the exercise in two strokes or just one stroke. Roll the boat only during catch or recovery.
Coxed boats: The rowers roll the boat on the indication of the coxswain only at the catch or at the finish. The coxswain leans over to one of the sides at any time, introducing a balance disturbance. The crew levels the boat again.

Control – Distance in minimum number of strokes
Control – Decreased pressure piece

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