Little League Crew: Part I – A Big Boom of Small Rowers

Last 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 mentioned in part II of the article.

Little League Crew
Part I – A Big Boom of Small Rowers

by Oli Rosenbladt/
posted on September 17, 2014

Younger athletes are picking up the sport in large numbers

There have been a few central givens in our sport over the years: “Wisconsin gets on the water really late,” is one; “Philadelphia, love it or hate it, is a hub for the sport,” is another; and, when speaking about getting future generations of rowers into the sport for the first time, “there’s no Little League for rowing” has long been accepted wisdom.
Over recent years however, this given has eroded as more and more athletes begin rowing, by accident or by design, at younger ages. It’s now possible to find camps, summer rowing programs, or learn-to-row sessions that open themselves up to younger athletes, while competitive club teams and, increasingly, scholastic teams are creating bona-fide rowing programs for Middle-School aged athletes. In short, it’s no longer that unusual to encounter athletes who started rowing before High School.

See the full Part II article on Row2k.


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.

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.

Distributors in Canada and NW US

We have two Distributors for Canada now, one of whom also serves NW US:

Evergreen Rowing, run by Steve Wells, based in Tacoma, Washington, US, carries and sells our boats in Western Canada, B.C. and Alberta, and in the US States of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana.  See the link on our site.

Rower’s World, run by John Gordon, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada will be selling our boats in the eastern provinces of Canada.  See the link on our site.

You may buy from us directly, but if you are closer to them and would like to see a boat first, please contact and buy through them.