2018 PCRA Youth Fall Programming
PCRA spring training begins March 5th at our boathouse on Glen Island. Registration will be open through our BlueSombrero registration portal soon. We offer an array of programs to ensure the best fit for your rower's ability, please read through the different programs below
Our boathouse is located on Glen Island, where we will be doing the bulk of our spring work. We do our winter indoor training at the New Rochelle YMCA at 50 Weyman Avenue. Rowing machines will be available to use for PCRA members during the fall season when the YMCA is open. YMCA members will also have access to the fitness equipment available at its full-service gym, including a pool, weights, showers, sauna, and a variety of activities offered. A YMCA membership is OPTIONAL for the fall 2018 season.
Preseason (8/27 - 8/31)
Preseason is open to High Schoolers and select 8th graders.
All athletes aiming for a spot on the Varsity program or Intermediate program should attend Preseason, which will be a week long training and evaluation process in the last week of August, culminating in a 5K erg test on 8/31. Selection for Varsity & Intermediate teams will be dependent on coaches evaluations, erg test results, and technique, resulting from evaluation during the preseason. An athlete unable to attend preseason will need to submit a 5k erg score by 8/31 for consideration.
There will be two Preseason session times available. They are:
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org after August 1st to pre-register your preferred time.
Varsity team (8/27 - 11/8)
Varsity is open to High Schoolers with previous rowing experience.
The top 50 athletes (roughly divided 50/50 boys/girls) will be invited to compete on the Varsity squad. The Varsity squad practices will be 2h25m long, and will begin on Tuesday, September 4th. The Varsity squad will have 5 team practices per week, and a 6th workout per week expected to be completed individually. The Varsity squad will aim to compete in every regatta. Attendance at all practices is required, absences may impact race participation.
Performance at Head of the Charles is the focus of the season, those boats will be selected early and will race together all season in preparation for the Charles. We do not always determine what boats we are given, we enter a lottery and are assigned boats. The Head of the Charles is a important in determining next years seats for that race. If you are selected for a Charles boat, you must arrive in Boston on Friday and stay in Boston through to Sunday. There will be team practices and race walk throughs on Friday and Saturday, with the races being on Sunday.
The Varsity team will train in the 2nd PM session M-F.
THE TIMES WILL CHANGE ONCE DURING THE SEASON, AS DAYLIGHT DECREASES:
5:00PM – 7:25PM 9/5 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE - we will give ample lead time
Varsity Race Team Fee: TBD
NOTE ABOUT THE HEAD OF THE CHARLES: Performance at Head of the Charles is the focus of the season, those boats will be selected early and will race together all season in preparation for the Charles. We do not always determine what boats we are given, we enter a lottery and are assigned spots. The Head of the Charles is a important in determining how many boats we can race next year. If you are selected for a Charles boat, you must arrive in Boston by noon Friday and stay in Boston through to Sunday. There will be mandatory team practices and race walk throughs on Friday and Saturday, with the races being on Sunday.
intermediate team (8/27 - 11/8)
Intermediate is open to High Schoolers, and select 8th graders upon invite at the discretion of the Head Coach. All 8th and 9th graders must have completed a least two seasons of development team programs.
The Intermediate team will be capped at 40 athletes + coxswains (roughly divided 50/50 boys girls). Preference will be given to results from winter and fall assessment. The Intermediate squad practices will be 1h45m long, and will begin on Monday, March 5th. The Intermediate squad will have 5 team practices per week, and a 6th workout per week expected to be completed individually. The Intermediate squad will aim to compete in all regattas, except for Head of the Charles. Attendance at all practices is required, absences may impact race participation.
The Intermediate team will train in the 1st PM session M-F 3:30pm – 5:15pm
Intermediate Race Team Fee: TBD
Recreational team (9/5 - 11/8)
Recreational team is open to all High Schoolers
The Recreational squad will be capped at 20 athletes. Athletes enter a waiting list, preference will be given to athletes who tried out for Varsity/Intermediate. The Recreational squad practices will be 1h45m long, and will begin on Wednesday September 5th. The Recreational squad will have 3 team practices per week, and access to ergs for supplemental training upon request. Attendance is optional, racing is subject to boat availability and advance request.
The Recreational team practices will be in the 1st PM session Wednesday and in the morning on the weekends. Practice time will be:
Wednesday 3:30pm – 5:15pm
Saturday/Sunday 8:00am – 9:45am
Recreational Team Fee: TBD
Development team (9/10 - 11/8)
Development team is open to 7th, 8th and 9th graders
The Development squad will be capped at 45 athletes (roughly divided 50/50 boys girls). Preference will be given to first year athletes, and young athletes. Practices will be 1h30m long, and will begin Monday September 10th. The Development squad will have 4 team practices per week. The Development team race schedule is TBD once a head Novice coach is hired, a process which is currently underway.
The Development team practices will be in the 1st PM session, Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri. Practice time will be :
M T Th F: 3:30pm – 5pm
Development Team Fee: TBD
There will be a parent information session at a date and location TBD.
8/27 – Varsity, Intermediate, Recreational team practices begin
9/10 – Development team Practices begin
TBD – Informational meeting, location time and date TBD, please check back soon
11/8 – Last day of practice
Head of the Riverfront (Date not released yet, last year was October 1st 2017)
Head of the Passaic (Date not released yet, last year was October 15th 2017)
Head of the Charles (Boston, NY - 10/20-10/21) *overnight trip, select Varsity crews based on entries
Head of the Schuylkill (Philadelphia, PA - 10/28) *overnight trip, all Varsity & Intermediate crews
PCRA Grab Bag (PCRA Boathouse - 11/3)