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Joining River City Crew at the high school level provides a healthy balance between athletics and academics.
While rowing down the river, teenagers develop teamwork, fitness, competitive skills and have tremendous fun!
River City Crew's scholastic rowing program is offered throughout the year, and is broken down into three sessions or seasons - spring, summer and fall.
Rowing is not a familiar sport to many new high school students and relatively few new River City Crew (RCC) members have ever rowed prior to joining our program. Many have never even seen rowing before.NOTE: Starting in the 2017 Fall Season new members to RCC without previous rowing experience can take fall Learn-To-Row sessions if space permits. There are a limited number of LTR spaces. All others will be put on a waiting list and accepted only if there is room on the team or given priority in the summer LTR sessions.
River City Crew holds "Learn-to-Row" (LTR) classes for rising 8th to rising 11th graders including beginners as well as intermediate / advanced Rowing Camp every summer. We also have the ability to have sculling lessons during the summer months as well. Learn-to-Row introduces first-timers to the equipment, procedures and basic techniques. The classes are a great way to learn more about the sport and make new friends. details
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.
RCC offers rowing programs for new & member participants every year in 8th through 12th grades. The team is a "competitive-level program" specifically designed for students who do not have a rowing program associated with their high school. During the fall and spring seasons, the team travels throughout Virginia to compete in several regattas against other high schools and clubs.
BEGINNING IN THE SPRING OF 2015, NEW MEMBERS OF RCC WHO DON'T HAVE PREVIOUS ROWING EXPERIENCE BUT HAVE TAKEN OUR SUMMER LEARN-TO-ROW SESSIONS CAN JOIN OUR SPRING PROGRAM. There is limited LTR space available.12th graders are not accepted w/o rowing experience. details
Joining a club team at the high school level provides a healthy balance between athletics and academics. At River City Crew, we welcome newcomers as well as experienced rowers to the sport. With just a single two-week summer session of LTR, or full season LTR sessions, you are ready to join the team. details
NOTE: Partial scholarships are available to students with proven financial need.
The following handbook provides practical information, general guidelines and expectations about the River City Crew rowing program. Download Handbook
River City Crew rows out of Robious Landing Park.
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