2017-2018 Programs

Team members are asked to review each section before completing our Team Commitment Form so we can plan and budget for the Spring 2018 season and beyond. ​​*On the water by 4:30pm to accommodate varying school release schedules. 6:00pm finish during daylight savings.

  • Fall Season 2017: Aug 5th - Dec 10th
  • Spring Season 2018: Jan 21st - May 31st
 
From Memorial Day to Labor Day we row out of Lake Crabtree in Morrisville. From Labor Day to the following year's Memorial Day we row at Jordan Lake at Crosswinds Marina
 
Varsity team
​Open to high school-aged rowers who can commit to five on-the-water training sessions a week. In the event of inclement weather we will ask the team to do on your own workouts or cross train together. Training will take place at the following times and locations based on the season:

  • Tuesday: 4:00pm -6:30pm*
  • Wednesday: 4:00 - 6:30pm*
  • Thursday: 4:00-6:30pm*
  • Friday: 4:00-6:30pm*
  • Saturday: 7:30am-10:30am 

Novice & middle school team
Open to 6th - 12th graders who can commit to three on-the-water training sessions a week. In the event of inclement weather we will ask the team to do on your own workouts or cross train together. Training will take place at the following times and locations based on the season:

  • Thursday: 4:00-6:30pm*
  • Friday: 4:00-6:30pm*
  • Saturday: 7:30am-10:30am 

Recreational rowing
High school-aged rowers who have already completed their first year of Novice racing, who can't commit to the Varsity team but would still like to row. This program will not be eligible to race in any USRowing-sanctioned regattas, but can still enjoy rowing regularly and being a part of the team.

  • Thursday: 4:00-6:30pm*
  • Friday: 4:00-6:30pm*
  • Saturday: 7:30am-10:30am 

Coxswain squad
​6-12th graders who can commit to a minimum of two outings a week from the schedule below. We will train you as a coxswain. We ask coxswains to indicate their availability each week and allocate coxswains accordingly.  Coxswains are given free club membership due to the safety nature of the role. They do purchase uniforms and pay for regatta travel/accommodation. 

The role of the coxswain - Please note: We will be offering training with a coxswain coach for the role of coxswain during both on the water and on land training sessions. 

- Keep the boat and rowers safe at all times by properly steering the boat (according to the river or regatta rules and safety for the crew)
- Be in command of the boat at all times
- Coach the crew when the coach is not present - for example during races
- Provide motivation and encouragement to the crew during on the water training, races and also during on land training (erg tests and indoor erg sprints.)
- Provide feedback on the crew's performance both in and out of the races
- Make any necessary tactical decisions
- Organize and direct the crew at all times, including when putting the boat away etc.
- Be responsible for the vessel; in the event of a collision, the coxswain is accountable under maritime law as 'Master of the vessel' (although the stroke may sometimes be the captain of the boat).
- The coxswain is in charge of the shell. They are responsible for crew safety, which must be the prime concern. Along with steering, their role is to coach the crew.

The cox acts as the coach's assistant, but in the absence of a coach, as is the case in a race, the cox becomes the coach. Being in the boat, the cox has a feel for what the crew need and a good view of technical errors. The cox needs to translate the coach's concerns into practical calls. The cox must be able to diagnose problems such as balance and coach the crew into appropriate corrective action. At the start of an outing the cox must be able to take the crew through a technical and physical warm-up so that the coach is presented with a crew which is able to start the training program and has recapped any points that the coach has been emphasising in previous outings. It is essential that the coach and the cox work in good harmony and show respect to each other all the time. It's essential that the cox is briefed on what the coach wants to achieve in the outing from the point of view of building physical fitness, technical skill and team spirit. A cox must be positive, a good motivator and very encouraging. Whilst errors must be spotted and corrected, it is also important to catch someone getting it right where they have been struggling

  • Tuesday: 4:00pm -6:30pm*
  • Wednesday: 4:00 - 6:30pm*
  • Thursday: 4:00-6:30pm*
  • Friday: 4:00-6:30pm*
  • Saturday: 7:30am-10:30am 
 
*On the water by 4:30pm to accommodate varying school release schedules. 6:00pm finish during daylight savings.