Discussion of Scholarship Opportunities with Crew
- 1 in 2 girls will qualify for scholarships
- 1 in 6 boys will qualify for scholarships
Funds raised through this year’s football pool included in budget. Approximately $6,200 remaining in account after items purchased below.
- New Oars have already arrived (approximately $1,400)
- New Cox box, GPS, setup and coaches megaphone (approximately $1,400)
To be purchased:
- Foot stretchers
- Pair/Double boat (estimated cost of $17,900 - with financing available)
The race schedule was previously sent to all parents. Coach will review again and send an updated schedule within the next couple of days. All hotel arrangements have been made for the coaches and kids. Parents will need to make their own arrangements for overnight accommodations if they so desire. It is not necessary for a parent to be at the races as the coaches are completely responsible for your child during the races.
School vans will transport the kids to and from the races (originating and returning to CWNC). Typically, Coach will prepare the boats and trailer the night before departure. Then, he will meet the team van at a predetermined destination so that the boats and team can travel to the race together. Supervision will be provided by Coaches and there are strict rules in place for your children at the hotel.
There are typically four children assigned to a room and all roommates are determined by the Coach.
CWNC is racing 5A teams like New Trier who have countless rowers on their team and travel with approximately 125 rowers. So, there is stiff competition and CWNC has beat these teams in the past.
Pittsburgh Scholastic Sprints (April 30)
CWNC is responsible for providing volunteers at the finish line. We will need parents to help volunteer - clearing the finish line area of spectators, handling the flag or air horn.
- The team is definitely headed to the Stotesbury race this year. It is important for the kids to participate in such a large scale event and it is a lot of fun for everyone.
- Approximately 210 high schools participate (around 6,000 kids) and upwards of 50,000 people are scattered on the shoreline to cheer their rowers on to victory.
Practice this Saturday, March 4th will be a “Learn-to-Row” session which will start at the Three Rivers Millvale Tanks (90 River Front Dr, Millvale, PA 15209). The kids will row (in the tanks) from approximately 8-9 am and then they will run to the Three Rivers Boathouse on Washington’s landing (300 Waterfront Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15222) where they will rig the boats until approximately 10 am. They can be picked up at the boathouse on Washington’s Landing after practice.
Coach will be fixing the leaks in our boat launches this weekend after practice.
Practices next week will continue to be in the mornings at school.
Starting March 13, practices will be AFTER school and on the water at Washington’s Landing. The schedule will be as follows:
- Monday-Thursday 3:15 pm - 6:00 pm
- Saturday 7:30 am - 9:30 am
During the week, there will be a school van to transport the kids to the boathouse. After practice, the kids can return to the school in the van OR parents can pick up their children at the boathouse.
Rick Ward (Gillian’s dad) is helping to coordinate transportation again this season. We really need parent volunteers to drive the school van to and from practices to lighten the burden. It is imperative that any parent who volunteers has the necessary clearances, including, Protecting God’s Children, registration with the Diocese and the latest online course on Mandatory Reporting.
If you would like to help drive, please contact Krista Texter (CWNC) to make sure that you have met the requirements and provide Mr. Ward with your contact information.
Thank you to new parents Leslie Corlew and Kimberly Simons for offering to help with driving to practice. And, thank you to Scott Simons for offering to drive the van (and trailering the Chuck Wagon) to the weekend races.
Diane Staudenmaier (Drew’s mom) has agreed to head up the food and beverage coordination for races through Team Snap. She will put a list of things needed for any given race and you can sign up. If you enjoy cooking, you can certainly choose to donate a food or beverage item. If not, you can always donate money to the cause.
There is no shortage of food for these events.
And, we always need help transporting food to the race venue, setting up tables, manning the grill, etc. So, if you have a particular skill that you would like to share, please talk to Diane.
Also, this year marks the return of the Chuck Wagon (another name for an enclosed trailer that will haul the tables, tents, food, beverages and paper products to the races). Coach just had a new hitch installed on the Chuck Wagon and will be getting it inspected real soon so that it is travel ready.
All current rowers should have uniforms. Goretex jackets (optional) are available if we have a minimum of 6 orders. The cost for a Gore Tex jacket is between $195-225. They are nice for those chilly days and inclement weather to keep your child drier than they might otherwise be. But, again, they are not required. Please let Coach Sands or Stephanie Lichauer (Kimberly’s mom) know if you are interested in a Gore Tex jacket.
Coach will provide JL Racing (baseball type) hats to all rowers.
Stephanie Lichauer is checking with Mr. Burrell about the availability this year of the Under Armour 1⁄4 zip pullovers and full zip jackets.
The cost of the 1⁄4 zip last year was $39 and, the full zip version was approximately $48. The cost includes the embroidered crew logo.
All CWNC sports teams are participating in an Annual Food Drive. The Crew Team will be responsible for collecting canned goods during the month of October, 2017. Coach has agreed to pick up the collection bins but the kids will be responsible for asking for donations of canned goods.