Coach Sands met with parents this morning after practice. He introduced his assistant coaches, Coach Jennifer McDonald and Coach John Polinsky, both former North Catholic rowers to the group.
The coaches are very excited about the growing team this year and are pleased with the progress they have made so far. Your kids have been doing a great job recruiting their fellow classmates but we could use a few more boys to balance out the team. We are hopeful that we will see a few more rowers after the Fall sports season has ended.
If we are going to be competitive this year, it is CRITICAL that all rowers participate in all practices. There are some rowers who will not join the team until after the Fall sports season and Coach is already aware of those rowers. That said, if a rower is going to miss practice for any reason, he/she must notify Coach Sands and make sure that the Team Snap site is appropriately updated. Also, it is a good idea to make sure that their teammates know that they will not be available.
Practices will continue on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday after school and Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. until the 1st or second weekend in November, weather permitting. Throughout November and December, it is likely that the team will continue to practice at least one day (likely Wednesdays) after school so that they maintain some continuity. Below is the proposed schedule for the remainder of the school year.
Every year, Coach Sands and his wife, Cindy, treat the kids to a Christmas party. For nearly 25 years, that party was held at the Spaghetti Warehouse. Unfortunately, the Spaghetti Warehouse is now closed so we are in search of a new location for this year's party. If you have suggestions, please let me know. Such that you have an idea of timing, this party is usually held during the 1st or 2nd Tuesday in December. Once we get a little closer to the end of the year, we will provide more details on the date and time of this event.
Head of the Ohio
The first race of the Fall season will be the Head of the Ohio which will be held on October 2nd. The team will get more details from Coach on arrival time, what to wear, etc. prior to the race. At this point in time, Coach Sands plans to race in the following events:
The team will also participate in the Halloween race at Dillon Lake (Zanesville, OH). The Halloween race will actually be held the 1st week of November this year - November 5th. The team will depart from the school around 6 am on Saturday morning and racing should be complete by around 2 pm. This race is lots of fun and everyone will have an opportunity to race.
Spring racing should start around the 3rd week of March. No schedule has been determined at this point in time. A lot will depend on how many rowers continue into the Spring season.
There are several factors which will determine whether the team will participate in Spring training this year in Georgia. In prior years, the team would spend a week in March in Georgia practicing every day 3 times per day. In other words, they would eat, sleep and dream about nothing but rowing. And, they would forge important bonds as teammates. This rigorous training improved their endurance, technique and speed and really helped them to become fiercely competitive as they approached the Spring races. Coach will make a decision later in the year about whether the team will be able to participate in this training or some other format of intense training.
The crew team currently has approximately $5-6,000 in our school account and the football pool fundraiser which is happening now is expected to net $6,800 (assuming all blocks are sold). Initially, the thought was that the team would purchase a Resolute Pair/Double given the smaller size of our team to provide more racing options. However, given our growth this year, he is now considering the purchase of a 2007 Resolute 8 shell for a cost of approximately $13,000. He is working on the details at this point with the school and the shell owner.
Coach Jenn has set up and is responsible for the Team Snap site. If you or your child have not yet been added to the Team Snap site, please make sure that you provide Coach Jenn with your e-mail address and let her know that you are not on Team Snap. This site will be used to determine attendance for practices and other events. So, it is important that your kids take the time to click Yes or No on Team Snap as to whether they will attend a given practice or event. This will give the coaches an opportunity to more efficiently plan ahead for practices. It will be the way that our coaches communicate with the kids and parents at the same time.
Thanks again! Looking forward to another great year of rowing with our Trojan Crew.
What is rowing?
Rowing is the act of propelling a boat through the water with the use of oars. In a rowing shell the rower sits on a seat that moves both forward and backward. This enables the rower to bend and straighten his or her legs increasing the length of each row or “stroke” as we say. This makes the boat much more effective and faster than a regular rowboat.
The rower basically rows using the oars to push the water in front of them causing them to go backwards.
There are two different types of rowing, sweep and sculling. In sweep rowing each rower holds one oar with both hands, and is in a boat with 2, 4 or 8 other rowers. In sculling, each rower has two oars, one in each hand, and may row in a single, double or quad.
How do I get started if I’ve never rowed before?
On July 30, and August 6 from 9am - 11am you can come down to the Three Rivers Boathouse and meet the Coaches, Parents and Rowers. You can Tour the Boathouse, check out our Carbon Fibre Resolute Boats and get a chance to row on the Allegheny River, weather permitting.
What is the distance of a rowing race?
There are two types of races with which most rowers are familiar. One is the sprint race, which takes place in the spring to early part of summer and is either 1000 meters or 2000 meters in length. The other is the Head race and usually ranges in distance from 2 to 3 miles.
Want an Athletic Scholarship? Consider Rowing Crew
Ever wonder which sport will provide you with the best odds of receiving a college scholarship? The results may surprise you! According to College Finder, rowing grants the highest percentage of scholarships for either gender when compared to all other high school sports.
Nearly one in six male rowers, and one in two female rowers, attend college on an athletic scholarship. CWNCHS rowers have gone on to row for many college and club programs across the country.
Dear Fellow CWNC Crew Parents -
I hope you have been enjoying your summer vacation and some much needed R&R with your families. This summer seems to have flown by already. Several of our crew team members have been attending rowing camp at Three Rivers Boathouse along with Mount Lebanon, USC and Allderdice rowers. This camp is a great opportunity to experience different coaching styles and to gain experience in different boats. If your child has not been involved in this camp and would like to give it a try, there are still a few weeks left. The cost is $40 per week and they row from 6:30-9:00 am on Monday thru Thursday. Even if your child is not involved in any camp, I hope that he/she has found a way to keep in shape over the summer.
At the end of year banquet in the Spring, Coach Sands challenged the kids to run a mile in under 8 minutes. He intends to test them as soon as practice resumes on August 20, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. at the Three Rivers boathouse. Yes, practices are starting BEFORE the school year so that we have a few weeks to row together before the Head of the Ohio. With a TRR race at the end of August and the Labor Day holiday interfering with the schedule, we will need as much time as we can get on the water. We want to bring home some more medals this year!
Fall Practice Schedule
We have eight potential new rowers for the upcoming school year. In order to spark their interest and maybe even get them to invite some of their friends, we plan to have two separate Meet & Greet/Learn to Row sessions at the boathouse. Please have your children mark their calendars as we need to have as many existing rowers as possible at these sessions.
We have several GoPro cameras that we will be bringing to the Learn to Row sessions. If you happen to have some skills with a GoPro or editing film from a GoPro, please let me know as we could use your help. We really want to put our best foot forward to get kids interested in joining the team.
I plan to send a letter to prospective rowers welcoming them to the team. In order to make it a little more personal, I would like to include testimonials from a few of our experienced rowers. Essentially, we are interested in knowing what made them choose rowing and why they like to row. If your child is willing to help, please send me their brief testimonial so that I can include it in the e-mail to prospective new parents.
2016 - 2017 Budget Items
New Items to be Purchased Projected Cost
In order to defray budget costs, we need your help with fundraising activities. So far, we plan to have the following fundraisers:
Any other ideas or suggestions for fundraising activities will be greatly appreciated and welcomed. And, if you are willing to lead any of the mentioned activities (or something new), we would love to have you on board.
To anyone who is "handy" with tools...we need your help. This year, we will be resurrecting the chuck wagon and setting up right for races with the larger team tent including wind/rain protection sides. And, we may even get a bigger banner to show our team spirit. That said, we really need to get a rack for the kids' travel bags to keep their bags off of the ground and dry. I believe that some of you have pictures of the bag racks from other teams as a starting point. If you have some woodworking skills, we sure could use your help. We can have the kids paint it once it's put together. Let me know if you have an interest in helping with this project and I'll make sure that we coordinate the efforts of all interested parties.
Looking forward to a successful racing season with our kids!!! I'll keep everyone updated as information becomes available. Once the season starts, we will need to have a parent meeting to discuss establishing a Board and assigning responsibilities to help ease the workload. All help is greatly appreciated.
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