River City Crew (RCC) is a scholastic rowing program consisting primarily of high school students from the Richmond, Virginia metropolitan area and rows out of Robious Landing Park in Chesterfield County on the James River. River City Crew, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to providing financial support for RCC.
RCC is a parent-run high school-aged club rowing team. Our rowers are comprised of girls and boys from middle school, high school and home school communities across the greater Richmond metro area. RCC competes with other high schools & club teams about 3 to 4 times per season in regattas (races) in Virginia & elsewhere. RCC competes as a crew of 1, 2, 4 or 8 rowers in either a novice (first year) or varsity (experienced) classification. At a regatta, rowers may compete in multiple events.
RIVER CITY CREW MISSION STATEMENT
River City Crew (RCC) is a non- profit community organization whose purposes are:
To promote and develop community knowledge, appreciation and understanding of the sport of crew in the Richmond Virginia metropolitan area, and
To promote physical fitness, leadership, and good sportsmanship.
RCC’s principal programs include a competitive interscholastic youth rowing program whose mission is to offer a high school crew experience to teens in the Richmond, Va. Area, outside any affiliation with a particular high school or home base within the Richmond metropolitan area.
Our youth rowers not only learn to row, but as they progress they also learn a great deal about themselves. In striving to learn and become a better rower they are pushed to do their best physically and mentally. Rowers realize that crew requires teamwork, concentration, dedication, perseverance and the ability to push oneself harder and further than they thought possible. As their fitness and skills grow, and they learn to move the boat as a group, rowers gain self-assurance, confidence, discipline and leadership which will carry over into their academic and social lives.
For many youth, including those for whom traditional sports may have little appeal, Crew can impart upon the rower an identity and lead to life-long friendships. It can be a positive influence in the rower’s life.
GET YOUR GIRL IN A BOAT!
Youth rowing: 6 reasons to get your girl in a boat
If your daughter loves sports and is open to something new, get that girl in a boat.
Ever since the NCAA added women’s rowing in 1997, girls have been flocking to the sport.
Rowing is a relatively easy sport to learn. However, it requires hard work. Rowing offers little chance for individual glory or instant gratification. Instead, the payoffs come later.
Once reserved for men at elite colleges such as Harvard, Yale and Oxford, rowing has become more accessible through area rowing clubs and high school programs.
To find a club near you, visit the U.S. Rowing website. In the meantime, consider these six reasons to get that girl in a boat.
1. Rowing is the ultimate team sport
A true team sport, rowing is where strength and determination meet synchronization. Gymnastics, tennis and figure skating, sports popular among girls, promote individuality. When girls grow up and enter the workforce, they find corporate culture revolves around team concepts. Rowing is the ultimate team sport. It’s two to eight girls rowing together for a common goal. Free-styling is not an option. One person tries to go it alone, and the entire boat suffers. Learning team discipline will serve your daughter the rest of her life.
The NCAA recognizes women’s rowing only. Colleges have men’s rowing teams, however they operate under a different system. Because of Title IX, many schools with large football programs have top women’s rowing teams. There are no female sports equivalent to football in terms of roster size. So some schools add another boat to satisfy Title IX requirements. Traditional football powerhouses such as Oklahoma and Alabama have strong women’s rowing programs with rosters exceeding 50.
3. Competitive edge in education
Rowing enjoys a long tradition at elite private schools on the high school and college level. If your daughter has solid academics, her rowing background could make the difference in getting into an elite school. As Will King wrote for U.S. Rowing, “In Divisions II and III, all things being equal, many admissions committees try to ensure that they remain competitive in Olympic sports like rowing by having a number of experienced rowers to balance the walk-ons.”
4. Pleasant venues
Rowing events, often called regattas, take place on rivers and lakes in picturesque settings. Of course, they require early morning start times. However, if weather is too rough, events are cancelled. As a parent, you’ll get to enjoy your daughter’s sport with a waterfront view.
5. Full-body workout
Contrary to what many believe, rowing works more than the upper body. In fact, the legs get more of a work out than the arms. Rowing impacts nine major muscles groups, according to Josh Crosby, a former member of the U.S. National rowing team. Those include quads, hamstrings, glutes, lats, core, shoulder, triceps, back and biceps. Your daughter will burn calories galore.
6. Low impact
As rigorous as rowing is, it’s easy on the joints. Crosby considers it ideal for athletes recovering from injuries. Girls can avoid the pounding associated with playing high-impact sports such as basketball, lacrosse, or field hockey. They reduce the risk of sprained ankles and possible broken bones common with gymnastics. The worst thing that happens to rowers is they form calluses on their hands. So unless hand-modeling is in your daughter’s future, get that girl in a boat.
Send a signed copy of the SMS Acknowledgement Form with your Registration
All rowers and parents participating in RCC need to read the SMS and sign the form in the registration packet and return it with the registration. Without the SMS form on file, rowers will not be allowed to row with RCC. This only needs to be done one time. more
The origins of the club/organization date back to 2005, when the University of Richmond coach placed a flyer looking to start a youth rowing program. A group of girls from Collegiate School responded and started rowing that year. Unfortunately, the coach left at the end of the season. More Details
Rowing is perhaps the ultimate team sport. Successful rowers have outstanding endurance and physical conditioning and are able to synchronize their individual body movements with the other rowers in the boat such that every rower?s oar enters and leaves the water at the exact same time. details
What's In It For You?
One of our principal goals at RCC is to help our rowers develop as responsible, contributing members of our community. The nature of our sport requires teamwork, respect for others and willingness to take initiative and assume responsibility. As one of the few co-ed athletic programs in the area drawing members from numerous schools and communities, our young men and women develop new relationships and work together toward a common goal. Athletes who bring respect, initiative and responsibility to the team will have a very rewarding experience.
Directions to the Boathouse at Robious Landing ParkFrom South of the James River
- Take Huguenot Road from the north or Courthouse Road from the south all the way to Robious Road.
- Turn west on Robious Rd. and follow signs for James River High School.
- At stoplight, turn right onto James River Road.
- Go past Bettie Weaver Elementary and James River High School on the left and continue straight follow the road into parking lot into Robious Landing Park.
- Boathouse will be at the end on the right.
Directions to the Boathouse at Robious Landing ParkFrom North of the James River
- From Broad Street, I-64 or Patterson Avenue
- Take 288 South towards Midlothian/Chesterfield.
- Take first exit once you have crossed bridge (Robious Road/ Huguenot Trail)
- Take a left at the stoplight.
- Continue on Huguenot Trail/Robious Road past two stoplights.
- At third stoplight, turn left onto James River Road
- Go past Bettie Weaver Elementary and James River High School on the left and continue straight on road into Robious Landing Park.
- Boathouse will be at the end on the right.
In the Summer of 2009, at the request of the team parents and Board of Directors, Tom O'Rourke agreed to move into a full-time position as Executive Director and Head Coach.
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ASSISTANT COACHES WANTEDRowing Experience Necessary
FULL or PART-TIME
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River City Crew
River City Crew
c/o Tom O'Rourke,
556 Ice House Ct.,
Manakin Sabot, VA 23103
Tom O'RourkeExecutive Director
& Head Coach