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NEW ROWERS FAQ

NEW ROWERS FAQ

So, You’re Interested in Rowing for East Tennessee Rowing? 

  • To help you understand rowing just  little better we have compiled the most frequent asked questions.
  • There is a lot of information on this page.
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  • WHAT IS ROWING?
    • Crew is older than football and baseball and known as one of the elite sports of the world. It is a water sport that has been in existence since the late 1790s!  It became an Olympic sport in 1896.
    • Crew is considered one of the most physically demanding sports. It is often confused for canoeing or kayaking. While similar because they are all sports in boats, on the water, rowing is different in its demands on the entire body.
    • There are two forms of rowing: In sweep or sweep-oar rowing, each rower has one oar, held with both hands. This can be done in pairs, fours, and eights.
    • Each rower in a sweep boat is referred to either as port or starboard, depending on which side of the boat the rower’s oar extends to. Usually the port side is referred to as stroke side, and the starboard side as bow side; this applies even if the stroke oarsman is rowing on bow side and/or the bow oarsman on stroke side.
    • In sculling each rower has two oars (or sculls), one in each hand. Sculling is usually done without a coxswain, in quadsdoubles or singles. The oar in the sculler’s right hand extends to port (stroke side), and the oar in the left hand extends to starboard (bow side).
  • WHO IS ETRowing?
    • East Tennessee Rowing Organization or ETRowing was founded in 2001 on the belief that anyone who has the desire to row and take part in the sport should have the opportunity to participate. (ETRowing Mission).
    • In addition to offering rowing education, adult rowing classes, and group fitness classes, ETRowing sponsors a CO-ED youth recreational and competitive rowing programs dedicated to fostering the sport of rowing for student athletes in Blount, Knox, and Loudon counties.
    • To develop young athletes who are good citizens and recognize the importance of engaging in something larger than one’s self, instilling a sense of personal responsibility, and giving back to the community.
  • WHAT IS ETRowing TRAINING CULTURE? 
    • At ETRowing, we are proud of our past crew accomplishments, however, this does not compare in importance to our accomplishments every day in the gym and on the water training our athletes.  In the end, a team's placing has no absolute bearing on what they have learned and how they have developed as an individual and team player.  At ETRowing, you will graduate with efficient skill development.  You will be ready for the the Collegiate level as we do our best to prepare all of our athletes for the next level. East Tennessee Rowing will help get you achieve your fitness and performance goals.  At ETRowing, everything is about you!  Our training environment is exciting, competitive, and you will be the focus of our staff.  The training culture at ETrowing is very positive and it is also hard work. That doesn't mean that it isn't tough! Our athletes learn to work through adversity during difficult practices and competition. Developing skills needed to be successful as a rower, as a crew, and in life.  All of our teams train together under the guidance of our coaching staff.  ETRowing will make a difference in your athleticism and rowing skill development.  Our goal is you will absolutely enjoy training at ETRowing and you will improve dramatically.  We are as competitive as our opponents regionally and nationally and strive for championships, but in the end the individual athlete development is more important and we do not carry a win at all cost philosophy.‚Äč
  • WHAT ARE CREW COMPETITIONS CALLED?
    • ETRowing compete in regattas under the competition rules of the USRowing, the recognized national governing body of the sport of rowing by the US Olympic Committee.
    • Regattas can be small local events, held at our boathouse or in Oak Ridge, Chattanooga, or Nashville. Medium regional events held within the USRowing Southeast District Championship Regatta with teams representing Alabama, Georgia, North/South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, and Tennessee. Or large National events like the USRowing Youth National Championships held annually with teams from across the country.  
    • Regattas are all day events.  Parent will find it is comparable to tail-gating as ETRowing crews pass on the water all the parents watch and cheer.
  • WHAT ARE THE BOATS LIKE?
    • Rowing boats are also sometimes called “shells” and as technology advances, the materials used continues to change. Most modern boats, shells, are made more of carbon-fiber or fiberglass.
    • A shell for eight rowers, plus a coxswain, can be up to 65 feet long. A shell for a single sculler is around 20 feet long. Depending on the size, age, and maker of the boats, they cost between $5,000 and $40,000. 
    • Equipment is provided by the club as ETRowing has a fleet of shells that include a wide variety of sizes to accommodate the fluctuating membership made by Vespoli, Hudson, and other manufacturers.
  • WHAT EXPERIENCE DOES ONE NEED TO JOIN?
    • None! Every Team member today knew as much about Crew and Rowing as you do right now. ETRowing will teach you everything you need to know. 
    • In rowing athletes with LESS than one year rowing experience are called Novice. This is your chance to learn about the sport and compete against other novice athletes.
    • Novice athletes identified as a “boat mover” may be asked to compete on Varsity Crews.
  • WHAT DOES IT TAKE?
    • No tryouts – Just Show Up, Listen, Learn, and Work Hard.
  • WHAT WILL IT DO FOR ME?
    • We could talk on this for hours, as it creates an instant group of lifelong friends when you begin high school in a safe training and family-friendly environment. But, most importantly it’s FUN!
    • Beyond the obvious benefits of sportsmanship, boatmanship, and teamwork. Rowing promotes positive habits needed to succeed in life such as self-discipline, commitment to others, competitiveness, leadership, and community engagement. Rowing imparts time management skills to balances working hard, maintaining school needs, and other obligations.
    • The best physical condition you will ever be in as rowing is a full-body workout that promotes a healthy body composition, enhances the cardio-respiratory system, stimulating weight loss, cardiovascular health, and develops muscle strength. While being a non-contact and non- impact sport minimizing the risk of serious injury or concussion.
    • The sport of rowing is immersed in a college going culture especially for girls. With a tremendous amount of college scholarship opportunities for those who are willing to work for them. Many of our alumni have developed a passion for rowing and made the commitment to put in the time and work needed to make rowing a major factor in choosing a college and signing to continue rowing at the nation’s top Division I, II and III collegiate programs.
  • WHO CAN BECOME A PART OF EAST TENNESSEE ROWING?
    • ETRowing’s programs are open to male or female student-athletes in Blount, Knox, and Loudon Counties, that are academically eligible (minimum 2.0 GPA), as of January 1st of the current calendar year that they turn age 12 all the way through the 12th grade. As a composite traveling team our roster is filled with student-athletes from multiple public and private area schools, competing under the banner of East Tennessee Rowing. 
  • WHEN IS THE CREW SEASON?
    • ETRowing is a year-round rowing club with multiple times of the year that you may join our crew.
      • Fall Season – runs mid-August through November. The novice crews practice four days per week to establish technique and aerobic base. Attend at least four regattas in the fall.
      • Winter Season – runs mid-November through February. The novice crews practice four days per week indoor strength and conditioning in preparation for spring regattas. Athletes compete in one competition during the winter.
      • Spring Season – runs mid-February through May. is the “main event.” The novice crews practice four days per week to compete in regattas from mid-March through May.
      • Summer Season – a variety of optional rowing opportunities for experience rowers through open rows, local camps that the ETRowing coaches provide, or at colleges around the country.
        • Novice Camps – held throughout the summer introduce new rowers to the sport & to our program.
  • WHEN ARE PRACTICES?
    • Practices depend on which season it is and coach availability. Practices can either be in the evenings from 4p-6p.
  • WHAT DOES THE SCHEDULE LOOK LIKE?
    • Here, take a look at the schedule it yourself. (preliminary, subject to change)
  • WHERE DO YOU PRACTICE?
    • Convenient to Blount and Knox Counties, and surrounding areas. It is a 20-minute drive from the I-40 / Pellissippi Parkway (I-140) intersection by taking Topside Rd and 20-minutes from Downtown Knoxville via Alcoa Highway, as well as 15 minutes from downtown Maryville along Louisville Road.
    • When we are outside, on the water, we practice on Ft. Loudon Lake Boathouse in Louisville.
    • In the winter months (November to mid-February) we condition at Watt Street Gym in Alcoa.
  • WHERE DO YOU COMPETE?
    • Much of where we compete depends on the season of competition. In general though we compete at venues in Oak Ridge, Chattanooga, Nashville, Gainesville(GA) and Aiken (SC). One a year we have a regatta in Sarasota (FL).
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ROW FOR ETRowing?
    • ETRowing offers Seasonal (3-month), Academic (9-month), and Annual (12-month) memberships. Please check our Crew Dues page for more details.
    • USRowing the national govering body of the sport requires annual USRowing Individual Membership ($45) to compete. (Club Code: HWTWE) [not included in fees]
    • ETRowing does not require an additional club membership or massive volunteer hours to join.
    • The per-rower cost varies from year to year, depending on the number of rowers that are on the team.
    • The Board works to keep the cost as low as possible. Crew remains one of the most reasonably priced community athletic programs in the area.
    • Dues pay for nearly all rower expenses (registration fees, regatta food, and more) during the year, other than clothing items.
    • There are annual fundraising events that have been established to offset the costs of being a member of the program.
  • WHY DOES IT COST MORE THAN THE OTHER SPORTS?
    • ETRowing is a non-profit organization which does not receive funds from the school system. We are a club sports team much like a traveling AAU softball or basketball team. The crew has a large operating budget and capital purchases are usual more expensive than ETRowing can fund.
    • It is helpful though that we have a 501(3)(c) status making donations tax-deductible. That relies on dues, donations, and fundraising to maintain the operating budget and provide for purchase of crew shells, equipment and special capital projects.
    • The rowing fees are derived by the historical number of athletes, length session, frequency of training, and length of term or season. The coaching fee works out to be between $10 - $7 per training hour.
    • Rowing fees include equipment fees, insurance, facility costs, coaching expenses, and club administrative expenses. Competitive crew fees include regatta trailering fees, entry fees, coach lodging. 
    • Rowing fees do not cover athlete transportation, overnight lodging, team uniforms, training gear, spirit gear, or Booster fees.
  • HOW MUCH TIME ARE PARENTS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE?
    • As a club sport, ETRowing is not supported by the school district but by the parents.  Parents are encouraged to sign up for different committees to help the program run smoothly and provide a high quality experience for the rowers.  There are many ways that parents can support the program based on their availability and skills. Parent support is an expectation, not an exception.
  • WHAT COMES AFTER YOUR FIRST YEAR?
    • VARSITY CREW - for youth that have rowed through a novice spring season, who are committed to training and racing at the highest level of junior rowing. The Varsity teams compete against some of the premier junior rowing teams in the Southeast and across the nation. Varsity athletes compete against some of the premier junior rowing teams in the southeast and across the nation.
    • CREW ACADEMY - for youth who want try a new sport in a recreational non-competitive environment and are unable to commit to a competitive season or attend regattas. 
  • SO YOU WANT TO ROW?
    • If you think you’d like being on the water and part of a team where everyone competes, rowing is definitely worth trying. 
  • YOU’RE INTERESTED; TIME TO MEET OUR STAFF!
    • ETRowing’s professional coaches provide scaled conditioning and technical instruction for all ages and abilities. Ensuring an opportunity for every rower, of all abilities, to achieve their highest potential.