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Nov 2, 2018

What do rowers need to take with them to the boathouse?

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They should always have a water bottle with them, as well as sunscreen and good running shoes for land training (which may take place at the boathouse as well as at school). A change of clothing-particularly dry socks-is also useful (even on dry days, rowers can get splashed and soaked). For after-school practices, they should bring a healthy snack to eat before going out on the water--something that will sustain their energy level, such as fruit, bagels, sandwiches, granola bars, etc.

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  • The club hires a bus to take all rowers to TBC (and return them to MHS) after school five days a week during the spring rowing season. If you're picking kids up in the evening and would like to limit the amount of time you spend waiting for them, ask them to call you when the bus leaves TBC; the trip typically takes about 20 minutes. Some older team members drive themselves to and from school and TBC. If they have their parents permission and fill out an FCPS Field Trip Driver's License and Vehicle Insurance Information form, they may transport other students to and from the boathouse. Note: Under Virginia law, drivers under the age of 18 who have had their licenses for less than one year may only carry one passenger under the age of 18 (excluding siblings). Those who have had their license for at least one year but have not yet turned 18 may carry three passengers under the age of 18.) No bus is provided for before-school (early morning) practices or to the Introduction to Rowing program in the Fall. Parents are responsible for monitoring how their kids get to and from all practices and regattas.
  • When it's cold, the key word is layering. Kids should wear at least three layers: a base layer that is thin, form fitting, and will wick moisture away from the skin; a layer of insulation that is thicker than the base layer but not bulky (synthetic fleece sweats work well); and a windblock layer (which should be water-resistant but breathable). The uni or tight-fitting shorts and a tank top are the perfect first layer; a long-sleeve lycra or UnderArmor top and long tights or pants make a great second layer. Avoid cotton and down, both of which get heavy and lose their ability to insulate when they get wet. Also avoid loose-fitting sweats or basketball shorts, since they can get caught in the slides. Coxswains generally will need to dress more warmly than rowers, since they won't get warmed up exercising. Many rowers wear a stocking cap in all but the warmest weather. As rowers warm up, they can remove layers and place them in the boat by their feet. After practice, they can quickly layer up again. When the weather is hot, most rowers just wear unis or tight-fitting shorts and tank tops, but encourage your kid to bring along a tee or sweatshirt to cover up with when they cool down after practice. We strongly suggest that you or your kids label ALL their clothing-you'd be surprised what gets left at regattas and practices!
  • Blisters are a hazard of rowing that affects everyone at the beginning of the season, until their hands develop protective calluses. Medical tape and/or adhesive bandages may help protect blisters until calluses form.

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