Frequently Asked Questions

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Determining boat line-ups is based on many factors.

  • Erg score
  • Seat races
  • Attendance
  • Grades
  • Strength
  • Skillset
  • Committment
  • ​Grade level
  • ​And others

There will be days that your son will be disappointed that he lost his seat to another oarsman.  How he responds to the situation is critical. 

Keep in mind that our overall goal is team success.

If your son joins crew in his freshman year, he may be overwhelmed by the voluminous amount of homework at Central.

Add to this, the daily practice schedule and he may end up doing homework until bedtime.

We monitor the grades of all team members and understand if there is a need to take some time off to focus on schoolwork.

The single most important element, is that your son absorbs as much as possible during his classes.  
Pay attention
Ask questions
Take notes

When applicable, we try to offer "study halls" prior to some afterschool practices.

We also suggest he reach out to other teammates.  The crew team often enjoys the highest grade point average of any sport at Central.

We set 3.2 as the GPA goal.

During the freshman year, carpooling is the way to go.

The trip after school to the boathouse is the most daunting.

Usually, a freshman parent gets the honors of setting up a carpool schedule.

You will be asked to transport the young men from Central to the boathouse once or twice a week.

It takes a village you know.

We are also working on setting up a map with all home addresses so you can see if there are any folks nearby who can share some of your transportation nightmares.

Once that is in place, you will be able to find it here.

After the freshman year (and guys get their licenses), things get a bit easier in regards to transportation.

It is critical that that there is a seatbelt for any guy in your car.  This is non-negotiable.

Former Crew mom Susan Leech prepared a nice guide to going to the spring races:

Eight Travel Tips for Spring Racing for You and Your Rower

Subtitled:  “Hope for the best but prepare for the worst”

1.  The Brown Rule:  There will be mud. 

  1. Bring boots or similar foul weather footwear.
  2. Bring garbage bags to pack up muddy footwear, clothes, etc.
  3. Bring large towels (beach towels work best) to spread over any surface that you don’t want to get muddy.
  4. Bring footwear to change into so that you and yours don’t have to wear the muddy footwear home.

2.  The Water Rule:  There will be rain.

  1. Bring several pairs of:
    1. Warm socks.
    2. Pants/sweat pants.                   
  2. Bring an umbrella.
  3. Bring a waterproof jacket/slicker/poncho.

3.  The Cold Rule:  There will be seasonable temperatures, i.e. C-O-L-D and/or WINDY!!!

  1. Bring several different layers of outer wear:
    1. Fleeces
    2. Hoodies
    3. Jackets
  2. Bring hats and gloves.

4.  The Comfort Rule:  There is no warm, comfortable place to wait for our boats to race.

  1. Bring collapsible, canvas chairs to sit in.
  2. Bring a stadium-style blanket to wrap yourself (or your loved ones) in.

5.  The “I Can’t See” Rule:  We watch the race situated at the Finish Line.

The typical race is 1500 meters and we watch the race situated at the Finish Line.  Therefore, the Starting Line is somewhere in the Land of Far, Far Away.

  1. Bring binoculars so that you can see the first 500 meters of the race!

6.  The “Tween Time” Rule:  Races have a lot of in-between-the-really-exciting-stuff time. So bring a book, an I-Pod, your crossword or Sudoku puzzles. You will get bored and you can only “wile away the hours conferring with the non-existent flowers, consulting with the rain” for so long. 

7.  The “Snug-As-A-Bug-In-A-Rug” Rule:   If you want to keep anything dry (binoculars, cameras, books, I-Pods) put them in a large Zip-Lock bag and place it (and anything else you want to stay dry) in a bigger water-proof/water-resistant bag.  Personally, I use my big, blue IKEA bag.  It can sit on the soggy, muddy ground and “it’s all good”!

8.  The “Sun” Rule:  Not really a rule so much as a prayer – Sometimes there will be Sun!

  1. Bring Sunscreen and Lip Balm.
  2. Bring Sunglasses.

That's great!

A big part of what makes our team so strong is the number of guys who join us each year.

Please take a couple of minutes to fill this form out and you will be included in all incoming freshman related news and announcements.

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Jeesh, their hands take a beating.

We noticed it when the coach started focusing on the feathering technique.

His palms and fingers will look bad and hurt worse.  Typically, this goes away in a few weeks as the calluses build up. But until then, it is bad.

As gloves in crew are frowned upon, many guys use tape and some liquid bandage to get through the roughest spots.

A Google search of "rowing hands" may scare you, but it is a necessary part of the process.

When Central Catholic Crew attends events, they will often be required to wear travel attire.

This consists of:

  • Navy Blue Blazer
  • Tie​ with yellow as the predominant color
  • Khaki pants
  • ​Dress shoes

Keep in mind that these events are often muddy and rainy.  These clothes will take some abuse so plan accordingly.

Full details on travel attire are here.

Don't panic about what your son wears to practice!  As long as he has some type of spandex shorts and pants, he'll be fine.

Feel free to go to any local athletics store and get off the shelf workout gear.  Stuff that sheds water is nice and layers are key.

There will be times (many times) where he is on the water in cold, windy and rainy conditions.  So keep that in mind.

This stuff is going to take a beating, so spending a small fortune to outfit him isn't necessary.

A few key points:

  • Socks get it the worst.  Buy more.
  • Fancy rowing gear is available at JLRowing.  It is expensive, but nice stuff.
  • Always go for navy blue.
  • He will want some sort of "trou."  Silly name for a necessary item.  Buy a few unless you enjoy stinky pants.
  • He will need some sort of shell or coat.
  • No loose clothes.  No dangly stuff, no extra fabric.
  • He will be taking his shoes on and off repeatedly.  A pair that slips on may make his life a bit easier (if that's your thing).
  • Shorts under trou is a normal occurrence.  See "layers."
  • Layers
  • Layers
  • Layers

The carwash is one of two Crew fundraisers which require mandatory club member attendance. The other is Irish Night.

Two other fundraisers require mandatory participation, "Halfway to Irish Night" and the "50-50 Raffle" (i.e. a dollar amount will be added to the rower’s annual dues if he does not participate by selling tickets).

The reason that the carwash is "Mandatory attendance - no excused absences" is that the carwash demands labor to be successful and in years past this labor was becoming more and more scarce as families and rowers chose to prioritize other activities over their carwash obligation. At one point The Board realized that more parents were involved in washing cars than club members, and it was decided to make member attendance mandatory, with no excused absences.

This ensured an adequate labor force for the carwash and an equitable outcome for the participants—it is not fair for everyone to benefit from the efforts of a few.

If a rower or coxswain must miss the carwash, he can "make up" his obligation by doubling out at the next carwash, (i.e. a four hour commitment) or a two hour work session organized by the AOTF or another adult or coach—typically this is work on launches, trailers, or other work at the boathouse.

This plan was put in place so that everyone on the team ends up participating for the benefit of each and every member of the team. The only excused absence to date has been a request from Brother Bob to use a few of the oarsmen at a school sponsored event which was a much longer commitment than the two hours at the carwash.

Your son will receive a racing uniform when the spring season gets into full swing.

It will be his responsibility to make certain that it is clean and present at all races.

There will be an official fitting in December.