U23 Small Boat Development Camp 

COVID-19 Update: The health and safety of all members is the top priority of Potomac Boat Club. At this time, PBC aims to run the summer programming as described below. As new information comes in, PBC is prepared to adjust the program structure in line with government and expert recommendations.

Potomac Boat Club (PBC) invites applicants to our 2020 U23 Small Boat Development Camp. PBC has a long-standing history of developing Olympians and internationally competitive athletes. The primary focus of this camp is small boat development in both sweep and sculling. The U23 athletes will have opportunities to train alongside the High Performance Program athletes. Training times will allow for athletes to accept summer jobs in order to support life balance and career development.

APPLY HERE: 2020 Application Link

Dates: May 4th – August 10th

  • Have your summer plans changed? We accept rolling applications through June 1st!

Camp Format: The program will begin in a virtual format with the possibility to transition to the water when health authorities and the PBC Board of Governors determines it is safe. The virtual format includes daily group-coached sessions over a virtual platform, functional lifting instruction, a core strength program, and a training program aimed to prepare athletes for the upcoming fall season.

  • Out of town athletes are welcome to apply. They will remain on our virtual training program if the program returns to the water and will be included, via Zoom, in land based training.

Best Practices: Athletes will have additional access to virtual education tools on topics which include topics such as training tools, nutrition/hydration resources, and goal setting / sport psych tools.

Training Times: 

  • AM: 6:20AM-8:30AM
  • PM: 3:00-7:00PM (flexible training time block based on work schedules)

Coach: Judith Vogel

Roster: 16 athletes (8 women and 8 men)

Regattas: TBD

  • Independence Day Regatta (July 3-5th)
  • USRowing National Championships (July 17-19th, Trials cancelled)
  • Canadian Henley (Aug 4-10th)
  • Note: Athletes responsible for travel costs and transportation for regattas

Camp Fee: $800 per athlete

Athletes will spend the summer developing in the following areas:

  • Technical emphasis on building fundamentals
  • Video reviews
  • Weight room
  • Core strength
  • Race strategies
  • Nutrition strategies
  • Goal setting and mental skill sets
  • Training as a full time athlete

Parent Policy

  • All program related communication goes through the athletes. Athletes will be on an official program email list. It is their responsibility to check email regularly and communicate relevant updates to parents/guardians.
  • Athletes earn their seat every day. Rowing is a meritocracy where effort, ownership, and consistent performance earns opportunities. This puts the athletes in the driver seat of their opportunities this summer. They will be held to standards and expected to meet and work towards them.
  • Active participation. Athletes are expected to be active participants in their summer experience. It is the responsibility of the coach to provide a safe, transparent, and productive learning environment. There may be instances when an athlete has questions about aspects of the training and/or selection. It is the responsibility of the athlete to communicate with the coach.
  • Transparency. The program will be structured to provide transparency in decision making around training, boating, and racing. We entrust the coaches to make and communicate these decisions based on cumulative data collection and observation.