Join us this spring for the WWRA middle school rowing program! This spring's program features five Saturday sessions, including a couple of races for those who would like to make the commitment. For those who would like a more low-key introduction to the sport, you can choose to come to the Saturday practices only, with no camp or races.
We'll have huge fun. Kids will learn a new skill, get a workout, and make friends. (And rowing friendships have been known to be life-long.)
The program provides an excellent introduction to the sport of rowing. Our program focuses on sculling (where each athlete controls two oars, with one hand on each oar), an approach that has many benefits. Because the sculling motion is symmetrical and balanced, sculling is developmentally appropriate for kids' bodies that are still growing. Sculling establishes sound mechanics for an eventual transition to sweep (where each athlete controls just one oar, using both hands ) in high school.
How we'll do it
While respecting the weather, the core part of practice time will be spent on the water. The primary team boat used will be the coxed quad, which has four rowers plus a coxswain.
There will be plenty to do on land. At the beginning of practice we'll warm up and get limber. We'll spend a solid amount of time on the indoor rowing machines to get used to the rowing sequence. We'll learn safe handling of the oars and boats. Some calisthenics may occur (wwra coaches love planks). At the end of practice, we'll cool down and stretch.
The program is staffed by professional, certified coaches, who are assisted by student athletes of the wwra varsity program.
No rowing experience is expected or required. We will begin with the basics and work our way up.
Location. Practices will be on Lake Cochituate at Wayland town beach.
Attendance. Athletes should plan to attend every session. Absences will directly affect placement in boats, at both practices and races. In rare cases, the coaching staff may choose to exclude an athlete from a race for safety concerns or to respect the experience of other athletes in the boat.
Clothing. Because we'll mostly be out of doors, athletes are advised to dress for changeable weather. If it's raining, we will be out in the rain. If it's windy, we'll be out in the wind. While in the boats, all athletes are required to wear lycra or form-fitting shorts or tights. (Loose clothing in the boat is a safety hazard.) Athletes are advised to wear close-fitting layers on the torso.
A swim test is required prior to the start of your session. The swim test form can be found at: http://wwcrew.org/rowers/documents-and-forms. Completed forms can be brought to the first day or mailed to WWRA, PO Box 5508, Wayland, MA 01778. If you have already completed a swim test with WWRA, you do not need to do another. If you have completed a swim test for another rowing program, you may submit a copy of that swim test in lieu of doing another test.
All registrants must complete an online waiver with US Rowing. The waiver is good for the calendar year. You will be asked later during the registration process to confirm that you have done this. Please visit the following website to sign the online waiver:
Enter club code EUZXC and follow prompts
A minimum of 6 rowers is required to run the program.
Please take note of your child's US Rowing number