AUG 26, 2020 - MAY 28, 2021
HIGH SCHOOL NOVICE PROGRAM OVERVIEW
The Newport Sea Base Rowing Novice Program is our introductory competitive rowing program for athletes from 9-12th grade regardless of prior rowing experience. The program is designed to prepare young athletes to successfully train and race on the NSBR Varsity Team.
While our varsity programs are competitive in nature, we strive to create a positive atmosphere for all athletes. We believe that through a good development process and a supportive team environment, athletes of all abilities who put in the work, can be successful in the sport. This is a beginner level program designed to introduce young athletes to all aspects of rowing. Focus is on technique as well as improving fitness. In addition to spending time in rowing shells, athletes will do a lot of land training (erging, running and calisthenics) to help improve fitness and technique for on the water training.
All athletes interested in the Novice program will be asked to register for an initial try out period consisting of the athlete's first two weeks. During this assessment period we will collect some physical data: height, weight, arm span, etc. We will conduct tests of basic strength, fitness and athleticism and ask general questions designed to elicit each athlete's reasons for rowing. Upon successful completion of the two week try out period, the athlete will be invited to join the team.
Participation in one of our summer learn-to-row camps is recommended but not required.
All participants must register through our online marketplace, submitting initial required documents including the medical forms and the parental release form. Program participation fees become due after completion of the athlete's two weeks try out period.
Regatta Trip Fees
Regatta trip fees are in addition to standard program fees. Payment notices will be posted approximately 14 days before the event and should be paid before the day of the event.
Our program is growing and we have more athletes rowing, so it is important that our coaches are well-prepared to run practice. To facilitate this, we are asking that all athletes give us at least two weeks advance notice of a missed practice. This will assist our coaches to come prepared with the line-ups and equipment needed for each day already assembled. If an athlete is included in a line-up and misses practice without notifying the coach, the athlete’s crew will not be able to go on the water that day and the offending athlete will be held accountable at the coach's discretion.
In the event that you have an emergency and you are unable to provide two weeks advance notice please attempt to notify the coach via email, text message, or phone call at least 24 hours before practice.
Rowing is a team sport. For optimal team performance, a crew needs to practice together to prepare for competition. Therefore, being absent from practice will be taken into account when determining race line-ups.
Regattas are mandatory. If you miss a practice you may not be boated for the next regatta.
Clothing & Gear
All athletes must have a NSBR unisuit to race. Practicing in a unisuit or a tank top with spandex shorts is strongly encouraged. All athletes will have to purchase their own Shimano rowing shoes (linked here) which they should label clearly and bring to all practices and races. Good running shoes are an important investment for healthy athletes and should be brought to practice each day. It is important to make sure that proper clothing is always available as conditions vary.
Appropriate clothing each day should include:
Wicking, close-fitting athletic gear
Visor or hat (NSBR hats are available for purchase)
Warm/dry clothes to change into after practice
When appropriate, athletes should also bring or wear sunblock and bug spray.
Serious athletes should obtain a heart rate monitor to better monitor the quality and intensity of their training.
All athletes are expected to keep their torso and midriff covered at all times when not actively working out and at all times when middle schoolers and summer campers are present. Athletes are expected to immediately cover their torso and midriff when requested by a coach, chaperone, parent, other adult, another athlete or any other person. Excessive modification of clothing to shorten or be more revealing is prohibited.
Rowing is an expensive sport, but we do not want financial considerations to keep athletes from participating. For these situations, we do have a modest amount of financial aid available. To apply please fill out and mail/turn in the form linked below. All information provided will remain confidential.