ARION Development: pre-elite, U23, coaching

Over the summer, ARION offers training opportunities to 4-8 women and 2 coaches

ARION is committed to developing the next generation of high level rowers and coaches

Whether you are a post collegiate athlete with national team aspirations, or a U23 just beginning your journey into elite rowing, or a coach looking to develop your coaching eye and coaching toolbox, ARION offers a summer experience to assist you on that journey.

ARION Residential Camp

When:  June 4 - July 9th

ARION will assist in finding local housing.  To help with your budgeting, expect to pay around $125 a week for housing.  We have found more and less expensive options over the years, but $125 seems to be a safe bet.  One of our most reliable housing options is a large farm house a few miles from the boathouse.  We have also found in-law apartments and houses on the lake over the years.  While ARION will help you identify housing options, you will be responsible for the rental.  You will also be responsible for your own food during the camp.

Regarding transportation, it is helpful to have a car, but because there are multiple athletes living together not everyone needs individual transportation.  Having a bicycle is also recommended



The Water Training

Most of the on the water training happens 6 mornings a week in coached sessions.  Athletes spend significant amounts of time in singles and doubles.  The women train together and practices are sometimes combined with the elite team.  A competitive piece day may include the elite women in singles and the U23 women in doubles, or the elite in doubles and the U23 women in quads.  It is not required for an applicant to be super accomplished in a single, but some familiarity with sculling and a willingness to train at a high level are required.  Follow "The Training" link above in the blue bar to see more information regarding training with ARION.

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The Cross Training

Along with the water meters, the ARION program incorporates a lot of cross training.  Most cross training sessions are done on the afternoons and weekends and include running, biking, erging, lifting, and hiking. Saratoga Springs is just outside the Adirondack Park and has very easy access to fantastic country riding and running through farm land as well as hiking the peaks of the Adirondacks.  It is encouraged that the time spent in Saratoga includes outdoor athletic adventures off the water as well as on.  For the lifting, ARION collaborates with Saratoga Peak Performance for lifting and those sessions are coached by Bryan Briddell - a highly regarded trainer in the upstate NY area.  Follow "The Training" link above in the blue bar to see more information regarding training with ARION.


The Pricing

The ARION Summer Development program has the following costs associated with it:

Housing and Food:  These are the responsibility of the athlete and not payable to Saratoga Rowing.  We do suggest that athletes reserve $125/week as a rough budget for housing during the time in Saratoga.  You are free to search for housing that fits any budget, but we try to help find housing in that range.

Training:  Program costs will cover all training, coaching, and lifting fees.  Rowing shells will be provided if needed.  It is encouraged to bring a road bicycle and a single if you have them, but it is not required.

Racing:  Program costs will cover the race entry fees for USRowing Summer Nationals, and will cover all the expense related to shell transportation and coaching, but getting to and from the regatta will be at your own expense.

Gear:  Program costs will cover a small gear package including a racing uni and a few other items.

Program Costs:  $2750 to cover approximately 4 weeks of training plus summer nationals racing.

Optional Extension:  Beyond the normal summer program, there is an option to extend the summer at no additional training cost (understanding the summer is short due to the early regatta).  All responsibilities for the housing and all regatta costs for the extended time are the responsibility of the athletes.


The Coaches

The ARION Summer Development program is coached by a team of coaches.

Eric Catalano:  ARION Elite Head coach.  While most of the time is spent with the Elite team and Team USA, when appropriate the Dev groups and the Elite groups will mix and the dev groups will be rowing on an adapted version of the elite training plan

Stacy Apfelbaum:  Stacy is the head coach of the Niskayuna HS program and an assistant to the ARION elite program.  She was also named the 2021 NYS Coach of the year.

Steve Bohler:  Steve is a new addition to the ARION staff.  He is a certified Sports Psych Coach and formerly coached at Oxford University, Royal Boat Club of Hong Kong, Columbia, and UNH.  Steve recently helped start the Otsego Rowing Assoc.

Brian Briddell:  Brian is the lifting coach for the ARION Dev program and the head trainer at Saratoga peak Performance.



The Racing

The ARION Dev/U23 program is dedicated to the development of elite small boat skills.  With those applicants who are new to small boat rowing the ARION program will establish those skills and build confidence to race in small boats.  For those who have some experience in small boats, the ARION program will help prepare you for finals level competition at the U23 trials and U23 Summer Nationals levels.


ARION Expectations

ARION athletes should maintain a growth mindset over time to achieve the desired results.  It is expected that athletes complete all the prescribed work within the confines of physical and mental health.  It is also expected that athletes understand and accept the consequences of choices.  The training program is designed to be a path to a destination.  Deviations from that path, regardless of the reason, are still deviations from the path and may not lead to the same destination.  One should expect to grow as an athlete, a coach, an employee, and a human during the time at ARION.

It is also the case that sport in general is not a democracy, but often a meritocracy, that is to say that results matter in sport.  The same can be the case in an elite training program: results and trajectory matter.  This may affect some decisions on residential spaces, training trips, funding, and equipment.  Athletes are given time to grow and flexibility to learn and fail and learn more, but one should always maintain a growth mindset and remember that the program is focused on international competition at the highest levels.

Submit an Application

Are you an aspiring Olympian?

ARION has a running application process and is interested in finding the right athletes who will fit with the program socially as well as in capacity for work and potential to compete at the international level.

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