“Penn AC Gold changed my life… Go there to become a rower, to learn how to row and live well.” Ben Chuter, Penn AC Gold 2010
Junior Program Overview
Penn AC Gold (Men’s & Women’s Junior Programs) provides high school male and female athletes with the complete competitive summer racing experience from beginning to end. Our goal is to instruct athletes on all aspects of rowing necessary to prepare for collegiate and national level competition. Penn AC Gold is not a recreational summer rowing camp. Our goal is to promote learning, teamwork, and competitiveness by providing education, common standards and accountability. Additionally we seek to reinforce the concept that achieving success in rowing is not dependent on erg scores or technical skill. Rather, it requires proficiency in both, mental toughness, and working functionally with others. Penn AC Gold will provide you the opportunity to challenge yourself in all of those areas. What you learn here will serve you long after you leave. Penn AC Gold athletes will be exposed to a level of competition they cannot receive with other high school programs. Penn AC Rowing Association is structured to provide a team atmosphere that is unparalleled. Penn AC Gold athletes are part of a larger structure made up of collegiate athletes as well as Elite athletes that are training to make the US Senior National Team. Penn AC Gold athletes will have the opportunity to train and learn what is necessary to reach that level. At the same time, our program introduces athletes to past and current Penn AC coaches and athletes that are World and Olympic Medalists who still support and compete for Penn AC.
|Start Date*||End Date|
|Session||June 12, 2018||July 15, 2018|
|*Start Date: Rowing starts on June 13th but athletes must arrive in Philadelphia on June 12th.|
Final regatta will be the US Rowing Club Nationals on the Cooper River in Camden, NJ.
Program Details – Coaches
Penn AC Gold is a competitive and intensive summer rowing program for high school athletes operating out of Penn AC Rowing Association in Philadelphia, PA. Penn AC Gold educates and prepares athletes to handle all aspects of rowing necessary for top-level competition:
- Strength and Conditioning
- Mental Training and Race Preparation
- Proper Nutrition
- Coxing – Practice and Race Preparation
- Team Building – Leadership and Communication Skills
Housing, meals and all travel expenses are included in the cost of the program. Local athletes opting out of room and board will receive a reduced rate. Coaching staff and chaperones will live in the dormitories with the athletes. 2018 Junior Coaching Staff
|Director of Programs – Paul Coomes|
|Associate Head Coach:||David Herrick|
|Associate Head Coach:||TBD|
Daily Schedule Penn AC Gold offers a comprehensive program which provides a daily schedule that simulates the training schedules of collegiate and pre-elite athletes. The final practice schedule will be provided to accepted athletes in their welcome packets:
Practice Sessions Athletes will likely practice on the water two times a day, weather permitting. Penn AC has designed a training program that is balanced and allows athletes to recover and progress throughout the summer. On-the-water sessions will be dedicated to rowing technique, aerobic and anaerobic conditioning, as well as racing and regatta preparation.
Team Lectures Athletes will have scheduled team lectures that cover all aspects of rowing necessary to prepare for top-level competition. Athletes will keep training journals that will allow them to track their progress as well as balance their overall training schedules. Each week athletes will also meet a current or past athlete of Penn AC that will share their experiences of training and racing for Penn AC, and discuss what it takes to be a top-level athlete or coxswain.
For 2018, Penn AC Gold will accept applications for the following categories:
|U19 Team:||Maximum of 20 male athletes; 3 coxswains||Maximum of 20 female athletes; 3 coxswains|
|High school rowers born in the year 2000 or after who have at least 1 to 2 years of rowing or sculling experience. Novices who are upperclassmen are encouraged to apply. A rower can compete in the U19 category through December 31st of the year of their 18th birthday.|
|U17 Team:||Maximum of 8 male athletes; 1 coxswains||Maximum of 8 female athletes; 1 coxswains|
|High school freshmen and sophomores born in the year 2002 or after who have at least 1 year of sweep and sculling experience. A rower can compete in the U17 category through December 31st of the year of the their 16th birthday.|
Coaching Recommendations Athlete’s are encouraged to provide a recommendation from their current coach. Recommendations should be emailed to the Director of Programs (firstname.lastname@example.org), before the close of registration on April 9, 2018.
The following are recommended erg times for male and female athletes who wish to participate and compete for our Junior Program.
|category||2k Erg Score||6k Erg Score|
|U19 Men:||6:35 or better||21:30 or better|
|U19 Women:||7:35 or better||24:45 or better|
|U17 Men:||6:50 or better||22:30 or better|
|U17 Women:||7:50 or better||25:45 or better|
|Tuition||Out-of-town Athletes||Local Athletes|
|Total||$6800 (includes housing and meal plan)||$3800 (no housing or meal plan)|
|Down Payment (due by April 30, 2018)||$1500 (non-refundable)||$1500 (non-refundable)|
|Remainder (due by June 1, 2018)||$5300||$2300|
Applications open January 10, 2018 and close on April 9, 2018. Accepted athletes will be notified at the latest by April 16th, 2018. Athletes who wish to apply to the Penn AC Gold Program must register through Regatta Central.
Penn AC Gold athletes will unite with Penn AC’s U23 High Performance Program, and the High Performance Group (HPG) to compete for the following trophies:
|Independence Day Regatta||Mariner Points Trophy|
|US Rowing Club Nationals||Overall Team Points Trophy|
|Sulgar-Barnes Points Trophy (Overall Men’s)|
|Marion D. Ventura Points Trophy (Overall Women’s)|