Q: Where does the team practice?
A: Our boathouse is at the back of Lakewood Park, within the Robertson Rowing Center. The address is 1612 Willow Wood Drive. From there, we launch our boats to practice on the Lafayette River. A good map of our water is located here (working). If you like using Google Earth, and better map is located here (working). We will also practice inside the boathouse on days when the weather does not allow us to row. That includes days when it is too cold, wet, windy, and/or when lightning is nearby. Some days we will practice in the field outside the boathouse, working on calisthenics or playing frisbee. There are also days during the year when we will practice at the school. Tuesdays during the winter we do our endurance lifting circuits in the school’s weight room. Saturdays (if we can get in) we do cals in the wrestling gym.
Q: When does the team practice?
A: We practice almost every weekday from 1530-1800. This includes some days when school is out. We also practice on Saturday mornings from 0800-1100. This schedule runs form the first day of school through mid-May. Winter and spring break are off, with some optional practice in spring break. We observe the VHSL winter season ‘dead period’, giving us another 1.5 weeks off in early November. In the winter, Wednesdays are just men’s practices and Thursdays are just women’s practices. On days where the team is going on the water, arriving on time is essential, and departing early is usually difficult. The shells leave the dock by 1550 (0830 Saturday). Being late means you literally missed the boat. The shells return to the dock around 1730 (1030 Saturday). That’s usually the earliest anyone can depart.
Q: What practices are required?
A: Practices are only ‘required’ in the context of whether a student is eligible to race. A student who does not practice will not have the necessary skill and has not displayed the necessary effort for racing. The only strict participation rules are for spring racing. The requirements for spring season racing are explained in the coach’s policies. Keep in mind that participation in all seasons is not required. Even our most important regattas only require a certain amount of participation in the 4 weeks leading up to that race.
Q: What happens during a typical water practice?
A: Every practice starts with running (or some other endurance warm-up if you can’t run). On most days, that means running from the school to the boathouse. Then we do a dynamic stretching routine as a team to make sure our bodies are fully prepared for the hard work we are about to do. The coach will announce what equipment needs to be prepared for rowing. Boats are set out on slings and oars are taken to the dock. The coach sets lineups for each of the shells, and students go to their seats. Rowers check their equipment to make sure it is set up for them and coxswains check their cox box is working and the shell is ready. We put the boats in the water and complete our workouts and/or drills for the day. When we return to the dock, shells and oars are taken back up. All equipment is washed to prevent corrosion and keep our boats fast. We put it all away and wrap up the practice with discussion and static stretching.
Q: Where is study hall? How does it work?
A: Study hall is part of practice. Without study hall the team would not exist, as many members of the team cannot get rides to practice after taking the bus home. So we take study hall very seriously. It is held in a room outside of the gym, near the weight room at Granby High. We meet there immediately after school and work on homework. Students can miss study hall, but should provide a note to explain why. When study hall is over, we run to the boathouse. The specifics of study hall (rules and schedule) are found here.