Little League Crew: Part II – Get ’em Rowing…Keep ’em Growing

In September, Oli Rosenbladt of Row2k wrote a 2-part article about the new opportunities for kids to learn to row. Little Sculling Boats company co-founder Ann Robbart is quoted in the Row2k article. See the Row2k articles via the links below.

Little League Crew – Pt. II
Get ’em Rowing…Keep ’em Growing!

by Oli Rosenbladt/row2k
posted on September 24, 2014

In Part I of our look at the recent growth of Middle School rowing, we examined a number of factors that played into this growth: expanded scholarship opportunities at the collegiate level, especially for women; an acknowledgement that rowing can be a healthy and fun environment for athletes of all ages; and greater efforts on the part of schools and rowing clubs themselves, seeking to draw younger athletes to the sport.

Once these athletes have arrived however, the real challenge begins: for a sport that idealizes its Adonises and Amazons, finding a seat for and teaching an asthmatic, 4’11″ 12-year old how to row requires some real grown-up thinking. Here in Part II of “Little League Crew,” we once again spoke with experienced coaches in order to hone in on a few “best practices” for involving younger athletes in rowing.

See the full article on Row2k.

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Improvements 2014-2015

We have made changes to our boat so that it will fit a wider range of children and some adults.  Our Little Sculling Boat™   will now fit kids as light as 35# up to about 180-200#.  It will work for some adults now too.  Adults who already scull and have tried it, tell us it’s a really fun boat and very maneuverable.  The limit for adults would be height, leg length.  We think it now can work for those up to about 5’6″.  If you want to buy one, and need it for the taller end of the range, let us know — we can change where we place the settings for the foot-stretchers to accommodate your needs.

In addition, to accommodate heavier scullers than our earlier boats did, we are adding tracks and our own molded seats.  This will be more durable and more comfortable for bigger children and for adults.