22 Sep

Improving your kayaking skills

Let’s say you love the water. You’re out there every weekend and sometimes after work in the summer time to paddle away the hours in the your local beautiful lakes and streams, soaking in the wondrous landscape. At a certain point though there’s only so much kayaking you can do before your skill development starts stagnating and that’s often a time when people start getting bored in something that they have previously loved. There are a lot of options for how to hone your skills further and create new challenges for your hobby.

The first option is an obvious one and that’s the social one. If you’re passionate enough about kayaking (and it doesn’t matter if you’re already an expert or if you’re still a novice), you’ll be welcome in probably any kayaking club. These organisations are there not just to provide a venue to discuss with others your hobby, but also to act as a support structure to help you improve your skills and give you new ideas. The easiest way to get involved is to search the internet for a club in your area. They often have ‘open house’ nights once or twice a month when people who aren’t members can come and introduce themselves and meet the local kayaking community. In addition to getting good advice you may met people who will give you tips on where and when to kayak, and such groups very often take yearly trips together, which can be a nice way of making new friends in addition to improving your skills.

If clubs aren’t your scene and you prefer to strike out a bit more on your own, then consider going to kayak events, such as races or technical competitions. While there isn’t often a lot of mainstream media coverage for these events, betting sites are excellent sources of information. If you’re lucky after or before the competition you may be able to talk to some of the athletes who are usually happy to share tips with amateurs and give advice (although if they’re not in the best mood after a poor showing you may want to give them a large berth) to fans who are either seasoned kayakers or just getting started out in the sport. Aside from the kayakers there’s a great many fans that are themselves accomplished kayakers. People usually love sharing their passions with like-minded people so it wouldn’t be too hard to make connections with people.

With so many possibilities to meet new people and improve your skills on the water there’s no reason for you to sit round and do that same old paddle every weekend (unless of course that you’re perfect content with comfort of nice routine and a lovely kayak!)


water-skiing 5 Sep

Varsity, Novice

Novice Rowers are classified as any athlete in their first year of rowing. After their novice year, rowers move up to the Varsity category, in which a true depth system is adopted. The 1 st Varsity 8+ lineup is comprised of the fastest 8 rowers and best coxswain. Then, the 2 nd Varsity 8+ uses rowers #9-16, and so on. This depth system is similar to the “string” system used in traditional sports such as football and basketball. Some teams and coaches using older terminology call 2 nd boats “JV” boats, however this is strictly a nominal designation and does not mean the rowers are not “Varsity.”

Delta Blades, along with all SWJRA teams, has four squads: Novice Men, Novice Women, Varsity Men, Varsity Women.


29 Aug

Membership

The Delta Blades Junior Crew is a highly competitive rowing program developed for high school-aged boys and girls from San Joaquin County . The Delta Blades compete in the northern California league of the Southwest Junior Rowing Association, which is comprised of crews from all over California, and parts of Arizona and Utah. The Delta Blades is made up of four separate squads: Novice Men, Novice Women, Varsity Men, Varsity Women.

We are energized by involved parents, excellent coaches and enthusiastic rowers.

The season begins in early September and goes through mid-May, culminating with the Southwest Regional Junior Championships held in Sacramento.

The team practices 5 times per week (practice schedules are listed under Team Info).

The Delta Blades hold three major recruiting campaigns—summer, fall and winter. Athletes who wish to transfer from other programs will be subject to a screening and/or tryout period.

Currently, there is no tryout period for new athletes, however rowers who underachieve in the areas of technical proficiency, physical performance, attitude and commitment will risk being cut from the team.


rowing 3 Aug

Benefits of Rowing

Rowing is a lifelong sport than can be performed and enjoyed by people of all ages.
· Rowing is a smooth rhythmic motion and impact free.
· Rowing offers diverse training opportunities: inside, outside, water, land, competitively, or recreationally.
· Rowing promotes well being and self-esteem.
· Rowing is a sport you can bet on.
· Rowing is a collegiate scholarship sport.
· Rowing, along with cross country skiing, burns the most calories per minute of exertion compared to other sports.

Rowing improves performance in the following dimensions:

· SPEED DEVELOPMENT
· JOINT MOBILITY
· STRENGTH
· FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT
· QUICKNESS
· AGILITY
· BALANCE
· FLEXIBILITY
· NUTRITION
· LINEAR MOVEMENT
· POWER
· MENTAL TOUGHNESS
· ACCELERATION
· EXPLOSIVENESS
· REFLEX TIMING
· MUSCULAR ENDURANCE
· NEURAL-MOTOR SKILLS
· MUSCLE RECRUITMENT CAPABILITY
· BONE STRENGTH AND DENSITY
· STRENGTH OF CONNECTIVE TISSUE
· CARDIOVASCULAR MUSCULATURE
· LUNG CAPACITY
· MUSCLE ENDURANCE
· BLOOD-OXYGEN CAPACITY
· RESTING HEART RATE
· CALORIE AND FAT BURNING
· BLOOD CIRCULATION
· METABOLIC RATE
· MUSCLE MASS
· BODY COMPOSITION
· MUSCLE TONE
· RESPIRATORY EFFICIENCY
· STRENGTH, FLEXIBILITY, MOBILITY, COORDINATION
· BLOOD PRESSURE AND CHOLESTEROL
· And finally, rowing is FUN!


swim 22 Jul

Delta Blades in the News

Delta Blades Junior Crew was established in August 2004 by head coach Joan McFadden. It was her goal to offer highly competitive junior rowing opportunities in her hometown of Stockton, CA. She ultimately hopes to guide the program to a Southwest Regional Championship. As Delta Blades grows more competitive in the league, the crew will be able to host regattas and showcase the Delta waterway and beautiful downtown Stockton. Rowing was never available in Stockton for McFadden, a Lincoln HS graduate. In order for her to pursue a rowing career in high school, McFadden joined Capital Crew in Sacramento, and commuted the 2-hour roundtrip daily. “I am happy to be back home, and that I can give back to Stockton’s teen community,” says McFadden. “Rowing has given me amazing opportunities in life that I would have never experienced without being involved in the sport.