FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the difference between Fall and Spring Crew?
    • Fall crew is a club sport.  Rowers as young as 7th grade can participate, there is no pay to play fee, parents are responsible for all transportation (practice and regattas).
    • Spring crew is a varsity sport.  Rowers must be in high school (freshman-senior).  You must pay the pay to play fee and crew dues. Parents are responsible for transportation to practice, busing is provided to regattas.
  • What makes someone a Novice rower?
    • A novice rower is simply a first year rower.  You can be a senior and be a novice rower.  Once you have completed your first year of rowing and competition you become a JV (junior varsity) rower.  Some rowers, depending on their speed and technique will become varsity after their first year.
  • Are there fundraising opportunities to help cover my rower’s dues?
    • Yes, we have various opportunities throughout the year to help rowers.  Some of our fundraising goes towards the team as a whole and some are individual.  Rowers and parents are expected to participate in both activities.  We have the scrip program, erg-a-thon, pop can drives are among a few. 
  • What is expected of the parents at regattas?
    • We provide food for our rowers and parent helpers are need to help staff the tent.  We ask that parents work one shift for at least one regatta.   And of course, cheer on the boats!
  • Who do I send my questions to?
    • If you have questions regarding your rower’s participation, you should speak with the coaches.  If you have questions regarding regattas, volunteering, etc, please send your questions to our email box rockfordrowing@gmail.com and we will get back to you promptly.
  • Who do I contact if my rower can’t make practice?
    • Each rower is given their coaches contact information.  You should contact your rower’s coach if they are not able to make it to practice.
  • How long does a regatta last?
    • Each regatta is completely different.  There are many races and they are not always on time.  There are many factors that can delay a regatta or a particular race.  The average regatta is typically over around 4 or 5pm.
  • Will my rower be allowed to leave when their race is over?
    • We are a team.  All rowers are expected to stay to the very end.  Once the racing is over there are many things that still need to be done.  There is the loading of the boat trailer and the food trailer.  Once everything is done, the team will be dismissed as a group.
  • When will I find out what boat and race my rower is in for each regatta?
    • Coaches make the decision of who is in which boats.  Sometimes this isn’t decided until the day before and sometimes we know a week in advance.  While this can be very frustrating as a parent, the coaches do what is best for the team.  They make every attempt to put together winning boats.
  • When will we get a regatta schedule including race times?
    • The regatta schedule is posted by the organizers of the specific regatta.  Most schedules are posted on Regatta Central www.regattacentral.com  This site has a lot of good information regarding different regattas.  They will post race times, directions to the site, as well as results.
  • Is there an entry fee for spectators at regattas?
    • Typically there is not an entry fee or parking fees.  This information would be posted on regatta central.  If we find out there are fees we email that information out.
  • Do all team members attend all races?
    • In the Spring there are some races that are varsity only.  All team members are invited to attend regattas even if they are not racing.  With the exception of overnight regattas.
  • How are accommodations taken care of for overnight regattas?
    • In the Spring we typically attend the Midwest Championships held in Ohio.  The hotel, bus and meals for your rower are included in their dues.  If your rower qualifies for Nationals, there are additional fees for that trip.  When we make hotel reservations we put a few rooms on hold for parents.  They can book at the same hotel or a different one in the area.
  • Who chaperones the rowers at hotels?
    • We always have coaches and parents at the same hotel as the rowers.  Parents are assigned rooms for bed checks and making sure kids are where they are supposed to be.  Boys and girls rooms are booked on separate floors.
  • How is information dispersed to the parents and rowers?
    • At the end of each practice is a quick team meeting.  Coaches give rowers information that they need at these meetings.  Emails are sent out to parents and our website is updated with info weekly.
  • How do I find out other names of parents for potential carpooling?
    •  At the beginning of each season a team roster is sent out.  You can see if there are rowers in your neighborhood for carpooling.
  • Who is responsible for arranging carpooling?
    • There is no official carpool to practices.  You are responsible for your own carpooling.
  • Is there somewhere to change for practice?
    • We have a small locker room at the boathouse for changing.
  • When does the season start?
    • Fall season starts in mid-August for varsity and first day of school for novice.   Fall ends beginning of November.  Spring starts in March and runs till end of May or beginning of June.
  • Is food provided at regattas?
    • Yes, we have a large food tent.  Depending on the regatta, breakfast and lunch are typically provided for the rowers.  Parents and siblings can eat for a fee.  Typically $5 to $10 per day.
  • Should my rower bring snack or water to practice?
    • YES!  We do not have running water at the boathouse.  Please be sure your rower has plenty of water and a snack with protein.
  • Does my rower have to know how to swim?
    • Not necessarily.  In the Spring all rowers must participate in a swim test.  If they are unable to pass the test they will be provided a life vest that must be worn in the boat at all times.  There is no swim test in the fall but it is recommended that your rower let the coach know if they are unable to swim.  A life vest will then be provided.