About the sport of Rowing

About the Sport of Rowing

Rowing in particular is a transformative sport for young athletes because it facilitates physical, social and emotional learning. It is sometimes called the "Ultimate Team Sport".

Rowing, sometimes called crew in the United States, is the sport of racing boats using oars. It differs from paddling sports in that rowing oars are attached to the boat using oarlocks, while paddles are not connected to the boat. Rowing is divided into two disciplines: sculling and sweep rowing. In sculling, each rower holds two oars—one in each hand, while in sweep rowing each rower holds one oar with both hands. There are several boat classes in which athletes may compete, ranging from single sculls, occupied by one person, to shells with eight rowers and a coxswain, called eights. There are a wide variety of course types and formats of racing, but most elite and championship level racing is conducted on calm water courses 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) long with several lanes marked using buoys.


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  • Team Experience
  • Leadership
  • Determination & Focus
  • National Competition
  • College Admissions
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