River City Crew Rowing Programs
1. Competitive Rowing – This will be for those who are willing to commit to time, hard work and attitude to improve their skills and be as competitive as possible. The group will meet M-F and all rowers will be required to commit to a minimum of 4 practices a week. They will be assigned to specific crews in order to practice together and improve as boats. Rowers will be able to move up or down in their boat seeding according to their skill and ability to help a specific boat move faster. This will not only lead to improvements within rowers and boats but will help to instill a sense of group purpose. We will be able to assign boats and have them work together on a regular basis. Sculling will also be a part of this group to improve skills and also race. We will look at more and better regattas and they will be required to attend the regattas. Unexcused absences from more than a few practices or a regatta may result in the rower being placed in the intermediate group. FEE - $650/season. $450/season for non-rowing coxswains.
2. Intermediate Rowing – This group will be for those who are unable to commit to the competitive schedule, are unable to make the commitment to the work needed or practice schedule, prefer a less competitive atmosphere or whose technical skills are still developing to the level of the competitive squad. This group will meet M, W & F. They will have full coaching but boat lineups may vary and they will not be expected to work at the level of the competitive rowers. Intermediate rowers will go to most, but not all regattas. A rower may also be placed in the Intermediate program because of behavior that may be disruptive to the competitive program. Attendance requirements of the Competitive program will not be in force for the Intermediate rowers. FEE - $450/season
3. Beginner Rowing – This is a Learn-to-Row program to complement our summer program. We get a number of people interested in RCC who can’t take the summer program or find out too late to apply. This program will run Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons. The beginning rowers will not participate in regattas, only inter-squad scrimmages. FEE - $450/season. This program will lead into full RCC membership if rowers continue in subsequent seasons.
4. Saturday Morning Sculling – This will be a sculling only program to improve the skills of both scullers and sweep rowers. All rowers may attend with the permission of the Head Coach. It will be on a session by session basis with weekly sign up. There will be a limited number of spaces available and, once signed up, a rower will be responsible for the fee even if they don’t attend the session. FEE - $15/session. Coxswains who do not row during the regular sessions may attend the sculling sessions free of charge.
Rowers should apply for the group that best fits their schedule and level of skill and commitment. If a rower doesn’t feel he or she can make the commitment necessary for the competitive program please sign up for intermediate. The Head Coach may assign a rower to the intermediate group if he feels it will be a better fit for that rower.
Rowers may move between or switch programs at the discretion and recommendation of the coaches based on ability, attendance, attitude and behavior.
Summer Learn-To-Row (LTR) and seasonal advanced programs are offered to both acquaint new rowers with the sport and to improve technique and endurance of experienced crew members. Summer session programs are open to all scholastic rowers not just RCC members.
Within the fall and spring seasons, rowers can participate in a variety of programs ranging from learn-to-row lessons for those that haven't yet learned about the sport, crew in sweep boats, which are four or eight-person craft, in which each rower has a single oar to personal coaching for sculling.
Seasonally, there are varsity and novice teams. This division is based on the athletes ability, understanding of the sport and length of time rowing: Novice rowers are introduced to the sport by learning proper technique and have the chance to experience racing. Varsity rowers usually have at least one year of rowing experience and concentrate on high level competition.
All programs are coached by Tom O'Rourke and his staff, who provide rowing instruction geared towards the levels of the individual rowers. Overall, the programs strive to provide our rowers with athletic and social opportunities, along with helping provide balance to their lives. We are always looking to take on new rowers at the beginning of each season!
For additional information, contact Coach Tom O'Rourke - (c) 804.356.2799 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
(1) 2019 Registration Form
(2) Medical Information Form
(3) Liability Release Form
(4) Participation Agreement
(5) RCC Code of Conduct
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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