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Varsity Rowing

Varsity Rowing
  • This is our youth competitive program that represents the club at many regattas throughout the year. Athletes have the opportunity to compete in several regattas each season.
  • After rowing through their first spring season, novices move up to row with the experienced crew.
  • Attendance at practice and regattas is required (more than 3 unexcused absences could jeopardize the athlete’s boat placement as well as result in dismissal from the program).
  • Water and land training are used to help athletes develop both mentally and physically. Improvements in technique and fitness level are measured through periodic testing. Seat placement (varsity, junior varsity, and novice) is determined by test performance, commitment, and work ethic.
  • Experienced rowers compete at different levels depending on ability, experience, and commitment.
  • Occasionally, there are changes in assignments during the season based on the results of seat racing, “erg” times, and coaches’ assessments of performance and participation
    • Age Based Crews
      • U19:  A Competitor may compete until December 31 of the year of his or her 18th birthday, or be continuously enrolled in secondary school as a full-time student seeking a diploma.
      • U17: A Competitor may compete until December 31 of the year of his or her 16th birthday.
      • U15: A Competitor may compete until December 31 of the year of his or her 14th birthday.
    • Weight Based
      • “Lightweight varsity” – the fastest lightweight rowers. There is also a lightweight category at the Youth Invitationals each year.
      • Wns ltwt cut-off 130 lbs | Mns ltwt cut-off 150 lbs.
    • Skill based Crews
      • “Varsity or 1V” – the fastest and most capable rowers
      • “JV or 2V” – the rowers who are one step from the varsity boat
      •  “3V” and “4V” – rowers who have completed one spring season of rowing and are in the “third from varsity” or “fourth from varsity” boats.
    • Coxswain --
      • A coxswain is an athlete, smaller in stature, who steers the boat and directs the crew during races and practices.
      • Wns coxswains 110 lbs or less | Mns coxswains 120 lbs or less.

Registration and Fees

Program Contact: Coach Allen Eubanks at 865-850-4649

SEASONS

  • Rowing is a year-round sport with the fall season focusing on head races (longer distances) and the Spring and Summer focused on Sprint races. ETRO is nationally ranked and each squad participates in several regional and national regattas in the fall, spring and summer seasons. ETRowing conducts year around programing split into four training seasons, each having unique competitive formats. ETRowing practices are held as scheduled during Spring break. We do use local school inclement weather closures to adjust practices. ​​
  • FALL
    • Mid-August through Mid-November
    • Our Fall competitive rowing season focus is on athlete development in 4+ or 8+ person boats, focusing on technique and muscular endurance to prepare for the Spring Season. 
    • IMPORTANT DATES
      • Fall Registration Jul 24 - Sep 1
      • Aug 14 Returning athletes report
      • Aug 19 Fall Open House / Information: 10 A.M. - 2 P.M. at Watt Street Gym​ 
      • Aug 14-Sep 1 Novice/Beginner Athlete Walk-on Period, 
      • Sep 7 Fall Parent Meeting: 7 P.M. to 8 P.M. Louisville Community Center
    • PRACTICE TIMES
      • Varsity: Monday - Friday, 4:15P.M. - 6:30 P.M.*
        • *On the water by 4:30pm to accommodate varying school release schedules. 6:00pm finish during daylight savings.​
      • Strength & Conditioning​ at Watt Street Gym​ Saturday, 8 A.M. - 10 A.M. 
    • EVENTS
      • Fall season regattas are called head races, these events generally are three to five kilometers timed event held on rivers. The boat with the fastest time wins.​
      • SCHEDULE
  • WINTER
    • mid-November through mid-February
    • Training takes place indoors on rowing machines (ergs) at the Watt Street Gym in Alcoa.
    • Focus is on conditioning and technique.
    • CLICK HERE for Winter Strength and Conditioning
  • SPRING
    • mid-February through Late May
    • This is our main competitive season in 4+ or 8+ person boats.  The Spring season finishes on a sliding schedule with some crews rowing their final race at the Dogwood Regatta (Apr 28-29, 2018), with select crews racing at Southeast Regionals (May 12-13, 2018), and further qualified crews racing at Youth Nationals (June 8-10, 2018). 
    • PRACTICE TIMES
      • Varsity: Monday - Friday, 4:15 P.M. - 6:15 P.M.
        • *On the water by 4:30pm to accommodate varying school release schedules. 6:00pm finish during daylight savings.​​
      • Strength & Conditioning Training Available at Watt Street Gym
        • Wednesday 4 P.M. - 5:30 P.M. and Saturday 8 A.M. - 10 A.M. 
    • IMPORTANT DATES
      • Spring Registration Window: Feb 1 - Mar 3
      • Feb 24 -- SPRING Open House / Information / Registration: 10 A.M. - 2 P.M. at Watt Street Gym
      • Feb 12 - 24 -- Spring Preseason
      • Feb 26 - May 13 -- Spring Season
      • Mar 8 -- Spring Parent Meeting: 7 P.M. at Louisville Community Center
    • EVENTS
  • SUMMER
    • June through July
    • Many ETRO athletes participate in all four seasons; some athletes participate in select seasons based on other sports and commitments.
    • CLICK HERE for Summer Rowing Season