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Youth Program

Eligibility

This program is open to youth, grades 9-12, who are eligible to participate in Souhegan High School sports (generally Amherst and Mont Vernon residents). They do not need to be attending Souhegan to be part of the youth program, but must be available during all practice times.

While crew is not a varsity sport at Souhegan High School, it does require a varsity-level commitment in time and effort. All practices are mandatory. See Attendance Policy.


Schedule

The 2019 fall season will run 9/03/19 - 11/02/19.

Practice Schedule:
Practice is held Monday-Thursday afternoons after school, 3:30-5:45 PM, and Saturday mornings (either 7:30-9:30 or 9:30-11:45).

The final land and water practice schedule will be determined after all athletes have registered and practice has begun. Athletes must be available for ALL practices, land and water.

Racing:
There will be at least 3 regattas this fall, generally held on Sundays.

Calendar:
Please review the Practice & Racing Calendar.

Pre-season:
There will be one week of pre-season land-based training from Monday, 8/26/19 - Friday, 8/30/19, 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM.
While this is not mandatory, it is HIGHLY recommended.


Fee

Fee: $415
Racing Jersey: $40 (if needed)

The Souhegan sports monetary cap does not apply to Crew. Souhegan Crew Club is not a varsity sport supported by the school budget, but is managed by Baboosic Lake Rowing Club. We receive no financial support from the school.

Need-based Grants:
Several need-based membership grants are available each season. If interested, please contact us at contact@baboosiclakerowing.org for details.

Fundraising:
A fundraising opportunity will be provided during the fall and spring racing seasons and all members are required to participate and raise the minimum amount of $115. Athletes may opt out of the fundraising during the registration process, and pay an additional $115.

Souhegan High School Crew Club:
Souhegan students may join the Souhegan High School Crew Club for free and participate in land training only. In order to participate in water training and race as Souhegan Crew Club, they must become members of Baboosic Lake Rowing Club. If interested in participating in land sessions only, please contact us at contact@baboosiclakerowingclub.org and we will provide paperwork to be submitted.


USRowing

An active Basic membership and signed waiver with USRowing is required ($9.75 per year). Athletes will not be allowed to participate in practice without an active membership and signed waiver.


Clothing

The only uniform required for racing is a racing jersey ($40), available on the JL Team Store website (when open), and black bottoms.

Black tight-fitting bottoms (aka trou) can also be purchased from JL, or at other sports stores (e.g. compression shorts from Under Armour). Alternatively, a uni can be purchased from JL, which includes both top and bottom.

For practice, the athlete will require good-fitting, high-quality running shoes and appropriate outdoor fitness clothing (not cotton!). We row in the rain, snow, wind, cold and heat! We get it all.

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Swim Test

All rowers must take a swim test before going on the water. This consists of swimming 100 yards, treading water 10 minutes, and putting on a life jacket while treading water.

We will arrange one opportunity for the swim test. (This must be passed only once for each member.)

If there are concerns about swimming ability, please let us know. This will not preclude participation in crew.


Transportation

The club does not provide transportation to practice or regattas. Rowers are responsible for their own transportation to water practices and races, though there are many carpooling opportunities.