Novice

Participant:

A rower who has completed LTR with CRU or another club and wants to build skills and continue honing their rowing technique while participating in a team environment.

Makeup:
mixed gender

Weekly practices:
2

Focus:
The reinforcement of fundamentals. Continued refinement of the rowing stroke. Introduction of the concept of the rotation of rowers through the coxswain position. Learn to de-rig and rig boats and how to properly load a trailer. Introduction to competitive racing. Rowing for fun in a relaxed environment; focused on community and social events; nurturing the sense of community within the larger organization.

Training:
Fitness and intensity of on the water practices progressively intensify during the season providing another level of challenge.

Commitment:
Technical proficiency in rowing requires consistent participation and coaching.

Attendance expectation:
Athletes should plan to attend the majority of practice sessions to reap the most benefit, however, there is no minimum attendance requirement.

Boating criteria and qualifications:
Practice (and, when participating, regatta) lineups will be created by the coach with an eye toward creating the most cohesive boats and will be based on a number of factors (attendance, skill, fitness, a general gelling with other rowers in the lineup).

Racing requirements:
Novice members are encouraged to race, but are not required to; practice and racing lineups may be mix gendered as well as single gendered.

 

Rowing Membership

 

Participant:

A rower who is interested in continuing to improve their skills and enjoyment of the sport. All CRU members should register for the Rowing membership. This program runs two days a week for all members. The practice lineups will be written with the intention of grouping rowers of similar abilities and goals together. This is why there will no longer be a separate Novice program. As novice rowers join the team they will be boated with other new rowers. The coaches will assess each individual’s progress and continue to write lineups that boat rowers with similar abilities and goals together. In this way, rowers who are new will not be pushed beyond their abilities; rowers who enjoy rowing for fun and exercise and have no (or very little) desire to compete will be able to row with other rowers who want the same things; and rowers who are looking for a more intense and challenging workout will be boated with other rowers with the same goals.

Makeup:

mixed gender

Weekly practices:
2

Focus:
The Rowing Membership program will nurture the sense of community within the larger organization. Practices will be run with the intention of meeting the goals of each boat. For example, new rowers will spend the majority of their time honing their skills. Some boats will have a primary focus on rowing for fun in a laid-back atmosphere. The rowers who are dedicated to competing will participate in practices that are focused on skill refinement, cardiovascular fitness, and will practice in single-gendered boats.

No matter which boat a rower is practicing in all rowers will receive professional coaching and will always be working on improving their rowing skills. The club benefits from each member rowing to the best of their ability, however, we also benefit from building and nurturing an inclusive and diverse community and we achieve this goal by offering programming that is responsive to our members requests and by hosting social events and team outings.

Training:
The intention of the Rowing Membership program is the reinforcement of rowing fundamentals. The rigor of each individual’s practice will be dependent on what their goals are and where they are in their rowing career. The coach is empowered to increase the rigor as the season progresses and as the athletes desire the challenge. The coach will offer optional outside workouts to build overall fitness for those rowers who desire more of a fitness challenge. The practice of rotating rowers through coxswain position will continue.

Commitment:

Rowing Membership rowers encompasses all members of CRU. Each member determines what their commitment level will be. In alignment with our “One Team” mindset, no single member of the team is more worthy than any other. Being boated in the fastest boat or committing to every regatta does not make a member more valuable than a member who simply wants to row a couple of times a month with friends to get out and enjoy time on the water. All we ask is that when you come to practice you don’t tread on anyone else’s goals.

Attendance expectation:
Ideally, athletes should plan to attend the majority of practices, however, this program offers the flexibility for rowers to attend as many practices as they desire. It is recommended that rowers attend at least one practice a week to continue to progress and maintain their skills, however, there is not a strict attendance requirement and you will not be penalized for missing practice.

Boating criteria and qualifications:
Practice lineups will be created by the coach from the pool of rowers who commit to attending that practice, and can and will be mixed gendered, with the exception of those rowers who are committed to being highly competitive.

In the event that enough Rowing Membership rowers express an interest in competing at a regatta, lineups will be created by the coach based on a number of factors, i.e., attendance, skill, fitness, and a general chemistry with other rowers in the lineup.

Racing requirements:
Rowing Membership members are encouraged to race, but are not required to nor will they be pressured to do so. In this program racing lineups can be mixed to enter into mixed races or to fill a boat to enter a men’s race. The intention is to accommodate as many rowers as possible who would like to compete.

 

Competition Prep


Participant:
Rowers who are committed to a focused training with an eye toward competing at regattas throughout the spring, summer, and fall should register for this additional session. The Competition Prep program differs from the Rowing Membership program in that expectations for training and team commitment are higher and involve additional land workouts, erg tests, and seat races as prescribed by the coach. A positive competitive attitude and flexibility in terms of boatings, coxing, and land work is expected from all Competition Prep program rowers.

In general, an athlete is able to self-select if they would like to participate in the Competition Prep program. You do not need to be the best rower on the team to participate, however, you do need to have a high level of commitment and an awareness that at this level the rest of your team is dependent on your commitment so they can also meet their own goals. If you have previously participated in the CRU “Comp” team then you are more than prepared to participate in this program. You may also be prepared if you have a couple of years rowing experience and are looking for more of a challenge. Typically, this would not be the appropriate program for a rower who has just completed LTR or a Novice season. The practices are not focused on teaching the basics but instead on fine-tuning skills and working on speed. We are committed to safety first, and and it isn’t safe to boat a rower who has less skill with more skilled rowers. That said, it does occasionally happen that a relatively new rower takes to the sport like a duck to water and is invited to try out the Competition Prep practices.

If you are curious about the Competition Prep program and would like to know if it’s right for you, please contact the Programs Coordinator. You can also speak with a coach during the season if you would like to try out a couple of Saturday practices before committing to the program. Please be aware that this program comes with an additional fee beyond the Rowing Membership program fee.

Makeup:
Houses two separate programs:

♂Men’s program

♀Women’s program

As there will be no mixed entries at regattas from the Competition Prep program, there is neither need nor benefit to practices comprised of mixed lineups.

Weekly practices:
3 (Athletes will attend the two Rowing Membership practices during the week and a third Saturday morning practice)

Focus:
The Competition Prep program is committed to building fitness, skill and preparing for competition.

Training:
Workouts will be more challenging than the Rowing Membership program. Training is designed to peak before competitions. Technical ability, fitness level, and mental readiness to race must be a focus.

Commitment:
The Competition Prep program requires the highest level of commitment (to self, to teammates, to coach, to the club).

Attendance expectation:
Competition Prep program members should attempt to attend all scheduled practices. Every effort should be made to eliminate the excuses for missing practice. Obviously, conflicts arise, however, a Competition Prep program rower should fight the urge to “blow off” practice. There is not an attendance requirement, but your teammates are dependent on your commitment to improving and the only way to improve is to practice consistently.

Boating criteria and qualifications:
Coaches will determine lineups on a practice by practice or regatta by regatta basis.

The coach’s selections for racing will be based on technique, strength, fitness, erg tests, competitive commitment, speed, cooperative team spirit and the coach’s eye for “boat chemistry” (which, admittedly, is a completely subjective factor). In this program, the coach will be looking to build a fast boat.

Ergometer tests, seat racing, completion and logging of outside workouts should be expected.

Racing requirements:
Competition Prep members are encouraged to race, but it is not a requirement. That said, this program has a competitive focus so the emphasis will be placed on creating fast boats. Rowers should expect that lineups will be generated from rowers who share similar goals, commitments, and abilities.