Q: My child has never rowed before. Can he/she try it out before committing?
A: Yes - but keep in mind that CJC accepts new rowers mainly in the Fall (in mid August, shortly after the start of the school year) and Winter (beginning of January), so you'll need to plan accordingly. We also have a great summer program where we offer several Learn-to-Row camps that are 2-weeks in length. You can find more information about all of our programs under the "Programs" tab on the navigation bar. In the Fall, new rowers are allowed a maximum 3-week trial period from the season start date. If, before 3-weeks concludes, they decide that rowing isn't for them, we'll refund a prorated portion of the fees. CJC is a no-cut team. Athletes can start with the program up until the end of September.
Q: What is the cost of the program?
A: The Fall 2019 season cost is $795.00. This fee covers 12 weeks of on water coaching with each athlete (Novice) able to attend up to 4 water sessions per week on offer (total 48) training opportunities. This fee also covers Novice athletes participation in 2 in-state regattas (competitions) during the Fall season. It also covers all Coaching staff costs, equipment costs, insurance and maintenance costs associated with participating in the program.
Q: Do you offer payment plans for registration fees?
A: Yes. Families can choose to pay the registration fee in 1 payment or across 3 equal payments that are spaced out across the season. If you have any questions regarding this aspect please don't hesitate to reach out to ask the club. We are happy to work with each family and their unique situation to find a solution that allows your athlete to experience this great sport.
Q: My child doesn't drive - are there carpooling options to help assist with getting them to training practice?
A: Yes. Although we do not organize this directly as a Club there are many athletes in the team that attend over 20 different schools in the region whom drive themselves and other athletes within the team to practice each day. Please don't hesitate to send an email and we can assist with putting you in touch with some athletes who may be able to assist you.
Q: As a parent, I don't know the first thing about rowing. How can I learn more about it?
A: Parents can come out in the launch with one of the coaches, or call and talk anytime to the coaches. If you like to read, one of our non-rowing parents highly recommends the book "The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown. As well as being a great story, it really explains the thrill of the sport of rowing in a way that non-rowers can appreciate.
Q: What is the age range of the team?
A: The club accepts kids from the summer before their 8th grade year through the summer after their senior year of high school. The lower age limit has a couple more qualifiers. The child must turn 13 before they start with the program and he/she needs to be able to work with the equipment which can be heavy and cumbersome. One of the wonderful things about rowing is that no "prior experience" is required so, unlike a host of other popular sports for kids, no one starts rowing until they are at least 13 (and most start a year or two after that).
Q: My child is currently in 7th Grade. When can he/she join the team?
A: He/she is eligible to join when they turn 13. They can join the program any season (Fall, Winter or Spring Break camp) so long as they are 13 years of age.
Q: How does rowing fit in the school schedule?
A: CJC takes its rowers' academics very seriously. Rowers attend practice two to five days each week, depending on age, skill level, and other factors. We schedule one open day each week to be devoted exclusively to homework, projects, other school activities, doctor appointments, etc. This day is typically Wednesday. Practices are from 4:15pm-6:30pm allowing athletes to get in a valuable aerobic work-out which, in turn, helps them to focus on homework when practice is over.
Q: My child is not really the "sporty" type. Is rowing a hard sport to learn?
A: Rowing often attracts kids that might not have been involved in so-called “traditional sports” up until joining CJC. Many consider rowing to be a more strenuous sport than many other youth activities, but there's no reason to be concerned. Novices are introduced to the sport by focusing on stroke technique and team work, and along the way kids grow to truly love the sport. Stroke learning can be challenging at first, but the coaches are patient and dedicated, as they recognize that individual kids learn at their own pace and in their own time.
Q: Is rowing safe? Do boats ever capsize or sink?
A: Rowing is perfectly safe. Rowers need to recognize that their coaches’ instructions are final, and that all rowers need to follow instruction at all times. Coaches take every precaution to ensure their rowers’ safety (e.g. in adverse weather conditions, the coach will elect to keep the boats off the water that day). Boats have been known to capsize, but they rarely sink. While rowers don't wear Personal Flotation Devices in the boat, the launches piloted by our coaches are equipped with enough PFDs and other safety equipment to respond to any on-water emergency.
Q: Is it difficult to "make the team" for competitions?
A: The short answer is “no!” CJC does not require try-outs. Everyone makes the team. Every effort is made to allow every rower to participate at least once during a competition.
Q: Do boys and girls row together?
A: Boys and girls do often row together in the same boat during practices. Most competitions are gender specific, but there is the occasional mixed boat race. Having the kids work together on the team - e.g. rigging and de-rigging the boats - gives them great social interaction time outside school. They develop constructive, friendly relationships with the other gender that makes for a positive, interactive environment in which they thrive.