|Spring 2017 General Information|
Spring Crew: Spring is the primary competitive season for rowing, and we will have winter conditioning prior to water training. Rowing is a challenging but highly rewarding sport, demanding endurance, strength and skill along with consummate teamwork and mental toughness. Rowers are among the toughest, most determined athletes you will meet.
Cost: $1,100, but divided into two portions: Dues $750 and a fundraising commitment of $350. This cost includes use of equipment, regatta entry fees, and the hospitality tent at races (food for athletes and families). You will also be responsible for uniform costs (approx. $150), an individual US Rowing membership (approx. $6/year), entry fee for Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints ($30), cost for Washington College rowing tank clinic ($15), and donations to supplement the hospitality tent at regattas.
Participation: Program is open to Stone Bridge High School students. Students must have basic swimming skills as a prerequisite to participate in on-water activities. A swim test will be held prior to the water practices to confirm this. In addition, we will require a current VHSL (Virginia High School League) physical form confirming physician release to participate (completed after May 1, 2016). Physical forms are available on VHSL.org or on the stonebridgerowingclub.org website. Stone Bridge Rowing must have their own copy of your VHSL physical form. If the school has your form, you will need to get a copy for our application process. After applications are complete, Stone Bridge Rowing will provide a copy of your paperwork to the Stone Bridge Athletic Department. It is the expectation of the SBHS Athletic Department that athletes make a commitment to a team when they tryout. Vacations by athletic team members during their sport season are discouraged. Athletes are required to attend all practices/races unless prior approval has been given by the head Coach.
Winter Conditioning: 3 required days per week (2 days at gym and 1 day at school). In order to prepare the athletes for the racing season, winter conditioning sessions will be held twice a week after school from December through February at Power Train Ashburn, located at 20099 Ashbrook Pl #190, Ashburn, VA 20147. In addition to SBRC and LCPS registration forms, a special membership application and program payment are required to participate in the workouts at this location. The cost is $60 for the three-month program. A check payable to "Power Train" is due at the start of winter conditioning and should be turned in with the rest of your registration forms. The athletes will also practice on ergometers in the SBHS Cafeteria once a week on Tuesdays from 4-6pm. Athletes are also expected to work out on their own on days they are not conditioning with the team, but it doesn't need to be at the gym.
Rowing Location: The program will be administered in the Spring on the Potomac River at Algonkian Regional Park located at 47001 Fairway Dr, Sterling VA 20165. After entering the park grounds, follow signs to the boat ramp. Athlete parking/drop off is on the gravel parking lot next to the sports field. Please do not park in the paved boat ramp parking lot. Athletes access the site by a walking path (approx. 5 min walk from the parking lot).
Schedule: Try-outs will be held in mid-February 2017 (date TBD) from 4-6pm in the SBHS Cafeteria using ergometers. Try-outs are used to determine which athletes will go in which boats. We hope to be able to accommodate all interested students; however, there is always the possibility that numbers may need to be limited based on equipment and coach/student safety ratios. If that becomes necessary, the try-out day will be used to determine the team roster as well. Spring training for those on the team is expected to begin in late February and will be held Monday through Friday after school. Practices during Spring Break are expected to be twice a day from Monday-Thursday. Unlike Fall races which are typically ~3 miles long, Spring "sprint" races are ~1 mile. Our unconfirmed Spring schedule has approximately 7-9 events on weekends from late-January through the end of April, plus possible championship races in May.
Forms: Athletes must complete and return all of required forms prior to participation with the team. New athletes must also pass a swim test before they are permitted to participate in on-the-water training. Athletes with incomplete forms will not be allowed to participate. Forms for registration will be available on line at STONEBRIDGEROWINGCLUB.ORG.
How to Register: Registration forms should be completed, signed and turned in via email to SBRCregister@gmail.com, or mailed or delivered to SBRC Registration c/o Megan Wright, 20766 Silverthistle Court, Ashburn, VA 20147. All forms must be turned in prior to participation in our Winter Conditioning program. If not participating in the team's Winter Conditioning program, then forms are due by February 10, 2017. The first installment payment of your dues must be paid by February 1, 2017 or full payment by March 1, 2017.
Questions: Please contact SBRC Head Coach with any questions firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information about the SBRC team can be found on the team website at www.stonebridgerowingclub.org.