Congratulations, and welcome to the world of rowing! Rowing is a sport that is not mainstream in this country, but one that will set your son or daughter apart. The benefits of rowing continue to pay off whether your rower goes on to compete in college or not! This is a great sport and one of the few that offer a chance to start at an older age (no one has been rowing since they were a small child!) Rowing provides overall body conditioning and at TRC it provides many opportunities to make friends from all across the area. Your rower will learn the importance of teamwork, commitment, and motivation. There are few better ways, at this point in their lives, of making wonderful lifelong friends while getting in terrific shape.
We know that, as a parent, it can be a bit daunting to have your child participating in a sport that you may not have watched, much less tried, yourself. Don’t worry, by this time next year, it will all make sense!
Here's a checklist you can use to get you started:
The coaches and seasoned rowers will share almost everything you will need to know, but here is some info that you may find helpful when you are just starting out.
You should have the following items with you every day:
-All athletes must wear shirts during practice, regardless of the temperature.
-Dress in layers to stay warm at the beginning of the practice and avoid overheating during workouts.
-Avoid cotton clothing, especially during colder weather if possible. When cotton gets wet, it locks in moisture and doesn't let your body properly regulate temperature.
There are shoes built into the boats, but you will need shoes to wear when walking the boats to the dock and putting the launches in. These shoes will get wet and muddy.
Please avoid metal bottles, but if you must use metal please put a sock around it to avoid damaging the boat.
Rowers should eat a snack rich in complex carbohydrates and protein. Good snacks to eat 1 hour before practice include fruit, pretzels, Greek yogurt, or mixed nuts. Rowers should also be aware of their hydration throughout the day. Keep a water bottle handy and consume enough fluids to “pee clear” throughout the day. Eating lunch does not count as a pre-practice snack!
Whether it is practice, a regatta, or any other event associated with rowing, the safety of our athletes and the preservation of our equipment are always front and center.
There are many ways you can promote a safe environment at TRC.