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. You can find more information about all of our programs under the "Programs" tab on the navigation bar. No pricing discount is offered if an athlete joins the program after the season has already commenced. CJC is a no-cut team.
FALL SEASON - 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. Athletes can start with the program up until the end of September for the Fall season.
WINTER - Athletes can join the Winter program at any stage that it's offered (mid January through mid March) but there is no price discount if an athlete joins after the commencement of the season. Athletes who join in Winter do training inside because of the weather and do not row on the water. Athletes who join in Winter must attend the Spring Break Training Camp to be eligible to row on the water with the program in Spring. No exceptions will be made to this due to the Spring season being a shorter season.
SPRING - Athletes can only join CJC in the Spring season if they have attended the CJC Spring Break Training Camp. No exceptions will be made to this. NO refund is offered for the Spring season because of the shorter duration of this season.
SUMMER - Summer offers the opportunity to participate in a 2 week Learn-to-Row program that is offered at multiple times throughout the Summer. NO refund is offered once registration has been completed unless Public Health mandates a closure. Shifting to an alternative Summer camp program will be done on a space-available basis and a $50 administration processing fee will also be charged.
Q: What is the cost of the program?
A: Costs cover all Coaching staff costs, equipment costs, insurance and maintenance costs associated with participating in the program plus in-state regatta registration fees. Registration does not include the cost of the uniform.
FALL - The Fall 2019 season cost was $795.00. This fee covered 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 covered Novice athletes participation in 2 in-state regattas (competitions) during the Fall season. Varsity were able to attend up to 5 water sessions per week plus 3 in-state regattas (competitions).
WINTER - The 2020 season cost is $600 and the training location is Rally Sport in Boulder. Athletes participate in Ergo, Spin Bike, Strength & Conditioning Training, Boxing, Obstacle Course workouts plus Core Stability and also have access to the Rally sport facility outside of the team training hours. All Novice and Varsity athletes can attend up to 4 training sessions per week on offer (total 36). This fee covers the athletes participation in the Denver Indoor Ergo Championships event held annually in February. In addition, all athletes have access to the Rally sport facilities outside of training hours so are welcome to attend the facility for their own additional workouts.
SPRING BREAK TRAINING CAMP- The 2020 camp will be held in Long Beach, California for 5 days. The cost of attending is $720 per athlete, excluding flights. The camp cost includes Coaching staff fees, equipment transportation/hire, launch hire/gas, hotel rooms for athletes (4 or 6 per room depending on room layout), all meals during the trip plus any excursions and transportation whilst at the camp. In 2020 athletes will participate in 12 on water coaching sessions, nutrition presentations (including learning how to cook meals) plus land workouts. This fee does not include airfares with all athletes required to book their own. Details of Coaching staff and Chaperone staff flights are provided to families so athletes can be booked on these flights should families wish. If athletes are booked on Coach/Chaperone flights they are escorted from airport check in at DIA through the entire trip until return at DIA. Athletes on these flights are also included in ground transportation to/from the camp location. Athletes are also able to make their own way to camp if they wish and depart directly from the camp should families with to continue their Spring Break elsewhere if they choose.
SPRING - The 2019 Spring season cost was $600. This fee includes 6 training opportunities per week for all athletes (total 42). This fee covered all athletes participation in 3 in-state events during April located in Boulder and Denver.
SUMMER - The Summer 2020 cost per session (both Learn to Row and Row with the Pack programs) was $385 per program. This fee included eight training opportunities (Monday through Thursday) for the 2-week program.
Q: Do you offer payment plans for Season 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. New for 2020: in conjunction public health guidelines, CJC will not allow carpooling for Summer 2020.
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).
**Athletes who are 13 years of age and who travel with the team to out-of-state events have an additional $50 travel charge to cover additional Chaperones and lower the Athlete:Chaperone ratio for the younger age group. Age traveling during event is taken at the first day of the travel**
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. Water 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. Winter Training Practices are from 4:00pm-6:00pm.
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 there a team Uniform and are athletes required to have it?
A: Yes there is a Uniform and Yes all athletes are required to have it. CJC twice-annually places an order for the team uniform with the production time usually being 6-8 weeks. Athletes who are new to the team usually receive their Uniform order at the very end of the Fall season (order placed by early September). The second annual order is placed in Winter (usually by late January) and is received in time for the Spring season. Novice athletes are required to purchase the following specific CJC team gear items - Unisuit, Long sleeve tech, Hat, UPF Patagonia shirt. Varsity athletes are required to purchase (in addition to the above) the following team gear items - Beanie and Vest. All athletes are given a list of 'gear bag items,' that are items they need to bring with them to training each day to ensure they're properly prepared for the session and any inclement weather. Only the above are required to be official team items. Anything else on the gear list can be any brand.
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.