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Oct 29, 2018

Are there any height or weight requirements for rowers and coxswains?

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Not really. Although rowers in some boats (classed as lightweights) must be within a weight limit (typically 130 pounds for women and 155 pounds for men), there are no upper or lower weight limits for rowers in most boats. Although height can be an advantage for rowers, strength and endurance are more important. Coxswains are usually small and light. The best coxswains are smart, light, verbal, confident, and have some rowing experience.

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  • Yes. Many rowers participate in other Fall and Winter sports including field hockey, basketball, football, and swimming and diving. Rowers who plan to participate in a winter sport are required to discuss this with their crew coaches to arrange for a modified training/conditioning program that does not conflict with the other sport. Members of the McLean Crew Team cannot, however, participate in another spring sport or after school activity.
  • All of our head coaches , Nate McClafferty, Jon Barrett, Bianca Arrington, and the girls Freshman and Novice coach, Carol Dinion, are returning for the 2018-19 season.  We’ve also added two new assistant coaches on the boys’ side and will be adding a new assistant coach on the girls’ side.   .
  • Crew is VHSL spring season sport, but there are crew activities during the other seasons to help prepare for the spring. MCC’s Learn to Row program starts in late-September and runs through October and is designed to introduce freshmen and novices to rowing on the water. We hold optional sessions to instruct participants in learning how to rig a shell, carry a shell, boar a shell and rowing technique – or to become a coxswain. Our coaches motivate and inspire our novices to accomplish great things. Some experienced rowers compete in club racing through local boat clubs during the fall. Winter conditioning begins in November and goes through February. Work-out sessions are usually helded every day, except Sundays, at McLean High School, predominately on ergometers (rowing machines, often call “ergs”), as well as weight-lifting and yoga. It enables rowers to intensify their training and conditioning, and to compete both regionally and nationally in ergometer competitions. The spring competitive season, or Regatta Season, runs from early March through May and is what every rower has been working towards. During this season, the rowers are transported from MHS to Thompson’s Boat Center (TBC) in Georgetown for on-the-water practices on the Potomac River six days a wekk. MCC competes on Saturdays in five or six local and regional regattas on the Potomac and Occoquan rivers. Selected/qualifying boats will travel to the largest regatta on the east coast, Stotesbury, in Philadephia, PA in May and qualifying boats will continue to Nationals at an out-of-town regatta.

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