Dear Parents and Rowers,
Welcome to the fall 2016 fall season! Fall sign ups will be live on Monday, August 22nd; this includes, varsity/returning rowers, novice/new rowers, middle school rowers and adult rowers. To sign up, beginning August 22nd, please go to Rockford Community Ed’s sign up page, www.rpssignmeup.com, and look for Rockford Rowing under either the Youth Recreation tab or Adult Recreation tab (for adult rowing).
Practice begins August 29th for returning/varsity rowers and on September 6th for new/novice rowers and for the middle school program. Adult Rowing will begin on September 9th. Details on times and what to bring to practice can be found under the descriptions for each class on the Rockford Community Ed site, beginning August 22nd.
Practice takes place at the Jupiter Boathouse for all age groups. For those participating in the high school rowing with practice taking place after school, typically, if there are enough upper classman drivers, the coach will help arrange carpooling amongst the rowers to the boathouse from the schools. However, this is not guaranteed and can take a few days to work out. If your rower does not drive, please have arrangements for getting him/her to the boathouse the first several days of practice. If you are not comfortable with your student riding with another student, please ensure an adult is available to transport him/her to the boathouse each day for practice.
Cost for high school rowing will be $205 this season. There will be three fundraisers to help offset the cost of the fall regattas. Athletes must either participate in two out of three of the fundraisers or pay the buy-out price of $80. The dates and times of these are to be determined. There will be three Regattas this season:
1. Frogtown, which takes place on September 24th in Toledo, Ohio
2. Head of the Grand which usually takes place mid-October in Lansing, MI (The date is not posted yet on Regatta Central.)
3. The Leelanau Chase which takes place on October 30th in Lake Leelanau, MI
If you are not already, please familiarize yourself with www.regattacentral.com. Details for each of these regattas will to be under the "Regattas" tab.
Because fall is considered a club sport, parents must provide transportation and housing (if necessary) for each of these regattas.
Middle School Rowing cost will be $170. Practice will take place Monday through Thursday from 6-8. If deemed safe by the coach, middle schoolers may be able to participate in the last regatta of the season, The Leelanau Chase.
Adult Rowing will take place on Friday’s September 6th through October 28th and will be from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Cost is $55.
If you have not already done so, please find us on Facebook under Rockford Crew and like our page. Updates will be posted on here. Also, please become acquainted with our website, which is currently being updated, www.rockfordrowing.com. If you have a google/gmail account, you can subscribe to the website calendar by clicking the + icon in the lower left. You’ll be able to see all of the events we have coming up on your google calendar and have a notification pop up (if one is setup for the event in the days or hours before the event) if it’s connected on your smartphone.
Last but not least, we’d like to invite you to our fall open house on September 10th from 12-4 p.m. at the Rockford Crew Boathouse. This is a great time to talk with the coaches, try out a boat (parents and siblings too!) and meet other parents and rowers. A small version of the food tent will be set up serving hot dogs and drinks for lunch. We hope to see you there!
We are looking forward to another great rowing season–Go Rams! Rockford Strong Row On!