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One of the Largest Teams at Radnor!

With about 75 athletes participating on the girls and boys teams, crew is one of the largest sports at Radnor High School.  The girls’ team is among the top ranked public school teams in the Philadelphia area (#1 in 2011).

If you have a desire to test your physical limits, find out what teamwork really means, and have a really great time with a fantastic bunch of other young women, Radnor Crew is for you.

Learn more on these pages and by visiting our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Opportunities for Parents

Parents, we need and value your volunteer efforts.  Find out how you can help make sure the club offers the best experience possible for your daughters by exploring our volunteer opportunities.  It’s only with your help that the club can deliver that experience.

Link to RGCC Google Calendar

Row With Us

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Radnor Crew!

For those of you who are veterans, you've been bitten by the bug and are hooked, you have our utmost respect – it takes a tremendous amount of discipline and energy to row six days a week. For those fresh faces in the crowd, you are about to begin a new, different, unpredictable and always exciting experience – one that is likely to leave a lasting positive impact on your life.

The Radnor Girls Crew Club offers both fall and spring crew for Radnor High School students, as well as a Summer Rowing Camp for all new athletes.

  • Fall Crew: Fall crew offers both Freshman/Novice and Varsity/JV options. There are no try-outs for fall crew.  If you are not participating in another fall sport, you are more than welcome to join the fall program. The fall season is an important opportunity for athletes to hone their skills and prepare for the spring racing season, but is not mandatory for Spring Crew.  Here's more information.
  • Spring Crew: Most of our regattas occur during the spring season, mostly on the Schuylkill River near Boathouse Row.  RGCC participates in all of the major regattas, including the nationally recognized Stotesbury Cup Regatta, the largest high school rowing event in the world.  We compete in the Varsity, Junior Varsity, Novice and Freshmen events.  Here's more information.
  • Summer Rowing Camp: The Summer Rowing Camp is geared toward rising high-schoolers and novice athletes looking to learn the basics before the fall season starts.  Here's more information.

The RGCC is proud to be able to offer a limited amount of need-based financial assistance to qualified athletes, which will cover up to 50% of dues.  All financial aid requests and related information will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.

The Four Seasons

Our fall crew program offers both Varsity/JV and Freshman/Novice options. There are no try-outs for fall crew.  If you are not participating in another fall sport, you are more than welcome to join the fall program. The fall season is an important opportunity for athletes to hone their skills and prepare for the spring racing season.

The fall season generally commences immediately after Labor Day and concludes before Thanksgiving.

Practices

Fall practices are generally held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 3-5:30 PM.  Saturday practice is 9-11 AM.

The typical practice starts with a 10-15 minute warm-up and stretching. The athletes then carry their boats down and are on the water by 3:30/3:45. The on-the-water segment of practice lasts between 75 and 90 minutes, with time being devoted to technical drilling and fitness training. As the season progresses, more and more time is committed to race training as opposed to technical rowing. The athletes can plan on being out the door by 5:30. However, please note that practice is not over until the coach explicitly dismisses the crew! Always allow for 15 minute delays when coming off the water.

Regattas

The regatta schedule is lighter in the fall than in the spring and may include participation in the following:

All fall races are "head races," which means that a boat is launched every 30 seconds or so and competes with other boats based on elapsed time over a 3,500- to 5,000-meter distance.

 

Winter training kicks off the beginning of the spring season, immediately following winter break.  It is a great opportunity to build fitness and improve technique in preparation for the spring season.

Athletes participating in winter sports are encouraged to join in winter training as frequently as possible.  Winter practices will take place Tuesday through Saturday in January and February.

The typical practice starts with a 10-15 minute warm-up and stretching, followed by 60-70 minutes of indoor conditioning.  The majority of the training will be done on the erg.  If the weather permits the team will be back on the water the 3rd weekend in February.

Most of our regattas occur during the spring season, mostly on the Schuylkill River near Boathouse Row.  RGCC participates in all of the major regattas, including the nationally recognized Stotesbury Cup Regatta, the largest high school rowing event in the world.

The spring season generally commences with winter training, immediately following winter break.  Athletes participating in winter sports are encouraged to join in winter training as frequently as possible.  The spring season concludes with SRAA Nationals on Memorial Day Weekend, should the team qualify.

Practices

Winter practices will take place Tuesday through Saturday in January and February. Spring practices are generally held Tuesday through Friday from 3:00 to 5:30 PM. Mondays are added as practice days following Manny Flick #5 (around mid-April). Weekend practices occur on Saturdays (9-11AM)

RGCC does not observe spring break. Spring break falls in the heart of racing season, and we cannot afford the time off. Practices over spring break will occur twice daily, 8:00-11:00 and 3:00-5:30. All practice times are subject to change by the coaches. Please refer to the RGCC calendar.

The typical practice starts with a 10-15 minute warm-up and stretching. The athletes then carry their boats down and are on the water by 3:30/3:45. The on-the-water segment of practice lasts between 75 and 90 minutes, with time being devoted to technical drilling and fitness training. As the season progresses, more and more time is committed to race training as opposed to technical rowing. The athletes can plan on being out the door by 5:30. However, please note that practice is not over until the coach explicitly dismisses the crew! Always allow for 15 minute delays when coming off the water.

Regattas

The spring season regatta schedule typically includes the following:

Most spring regattas are 1,500-meter heat-style races (with up to six boats competing in a single race).

 

Click here to open the 2014 Registration Packet

 

What is RGCC Rowing Camp?

The RGCC Rowing Camp is a "learn to row" program that introduces the sport of rowing to girls ages 12-16. We welcome girls from any school - camp is not limited to girls from Radnor Township.  The goal is to provide an opportunity for girls to row in a safe, non-competitive environment.  During the sessions, the athlete will progress quickly from the basics of sweep rowing (rowing with one year) to special rowing techniques and rowing on the water.  We emphasize safety in all aspects of this program.  This is a fun and relaxed way to get to know this wonderful team sport with a rich tradition in the Philadelphia area.  No prior rowing experience is needed but the ability to swim is required.

Location:

Hines Rowing Center (Whitemarsh Boat Club) in Conshohocken.  

2014 Schedule:

Session 1: June 16-20 and June 23-37; (week days only)

Session 2: August 11-16 (Monday - Saturday)

Time:

The RGCC Rowing Camp is a day camp only.

Session 1 practices are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm with daily drop off at 8:30 am and pick-up by 1:30 pm. 

Session 2 practices are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm with daily drop off at 8:30 am and pick-up by 1:30 pm; Saturday 9:00 am - 11:00 with drop off at 8:30 am and pick up by 11:30 am.

Cost:

Session 1 - $400 per week; $750 for both weeks

Session 2 - $475

All three weeks - $1200

A non-refundable depost of $100 is due by May 1, 2014 in order to reserve a place in either session (two deposits are required for those participating in both sessions).  The balance for Session 1 is due by May 19, 2014.  The balance sor Session 2 is due by July 21, 2014.  The camp is limited by availability of equipment and coaching.  Reservations will be processed in the order they are received.  For this reason, we regret that we cannot offer refunds. . [Late registrants, please email the link below.]

Forms:

Campers need to complete the registration, waiver and medical forms to participate. Forms are located at link above.

Questions:

Please email RGCCLTR@radnorcrew.org.

 

Financial Aid

The Radnor Girls Crew Club is proud to be able to provide a limited amount of need-based financial assistance to existing or prospective athletes.  Aid grants will be limited to no more than 50% of dues and 50% of other costs (unisuit, transportation to Nationals competition, etc.).  There is no guarantee that the club will be able to continue offering financial assistance in the future or that aid recipients this season will be selected to receive aid in subsequent seasons.  Aid recipients and their families will be expected to make an extra effort to support the club through volunteer and fundraising activities.

The financial aid application is available for download above.  Applicants must complete Part I and prepare a short essay (see the application), and the applicant's parent or legal guardian must complete Part II.  Applicants may be asked to meet with a coach.  Because this is a need-based program, the RGCC must ask for limited financial information.  All such financial information will be kept strictly confidential and reviewed only by the board of directors of the club.  The names of aid recipients will not be announced publicly.

All completed applications must be received by the RGCC no later than the specified due date.  Applications received after this date may not be considered.  Applicants are encouraged to submit applications prior to the deadline.

All applications will be reviewed by the board of directors, who may consult with the coaches and who will have sole and exclusive discretion in awarding aid.  Award recipients will be notified upon acceptance.  Preference will be given to the following applicants:

  • applicants  with demonstrated financial need
  • applicants who are existing athletes
  • applicants with excellent academic performance
  • applicants with exceptional athletic potential

Financial aid is not currently available for summer camp.

If you have questions or need further information, contact us.

Practices...

Unless otherwise indicated, all practices are held at the Whitemarsh Boat Club in Conshohocken. Directions are here.

What to Bring

Rowers should come prepared with workout clothing and running shoes to every practice.  Workout clothing should be comfortable and form-fitting.  Baggy clothes, especially baggy shorts, interfere with the boat's moving parts and can hinder the athlete's movements.  Coxswains should come prepared for the cold, especially late in the fall season and early in the spring season.  All athletes should bring a non-disposable water bottle. 

Running shoes are athletic shoes suitable for running and with appropriate foot support.  No basketball shoes, no sandals, not walking shoes, please.

The well-equipped athlete always has a "bag of joy" waiting for her back at the boathouse in the event that they are drenched at some point during practice.  (The ways that this can happen are too numerous to list.)  The bag should contain a complete change of dry clothes.

Racing uniforms may not be worn at any time during practice.  The racing unisuit and team shirt are race day items only.

The Line-Up

The process of selecting a race lineup is not an exact science and should be thought of as a process that is ongoing throughout the season.  Our general philosophy is that the athletes "self-select" the boats, which is to say that those who work hard, come to practice, and show initiative, a desire to improve, and an understanding of the team concept will not only win favor with the coaches but will show rapid improvement as well, thereby putting themselves in a position to get the choice boating assignments.  Every coach is going to have a slightly different approach to making their race lineups, but the general criteria follow:

  • Rowing Ability: This encompasses both technical ability and "boat moving" ability (i.e., how much of a contribution the athlete has on the boat's speed).
  • Erg Score: The raw number generated on a timed ergometer test tells the coach a lot about an athlete's level of fitness, strength, power, and, perhaps most importantly, mental toughness.  It's not just what kind of number you generate, but how you get to that number.  Consistency and focus are the keys to a good boat racer. Learn all about "ergs".
  • Attendance: Rowers who make the commitment to being at practice every day are more likely to earn a seat than athletes who do not, regardless of talent.
  • Attitude: Coaches are looking for enthusiastic, positive, cooperative and "coachable" athletes with a winning attitude and a competitive drive.

The coaches have total discretion in selecting race lineups, free from interference from parents, board members and others.  If an athlete has a concern about the lineups, she should discuss the concern directly with her coach (or with the head coach).  Only if an athlete cannot resolve her concern directly with a coach should parents contact the coach.

The same rules apply regarding academic eligibility as for any other Radnor High School sport or activity.  Please refer to the Radnor High School Student Handbook.

Attendance

See the Athlete Expectation Contract, which must be signed by each athlete at the beginning of each season. Every practice is important. Rowers are expected to attend each one. Two unexcused (defined as 'just didn't show up') absences and an athlete will no longer be a member of the team. If an athlete is not in school by 11:00 AM, she may not participate in practice. In order to compete in any regatta, athletes must participate in at least 4 of the 5 scheduled practices for that week. Racing privileges and priority will go to those who make our training a priority. This means if an athlete misses large chunks of time throughout the season, she will still be welcome on this team; however, her racing may be compromised.

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Academic Eligibility

If an athlete knows in advance that she cannot make it to practice or will be late, she should call or email a coach the night before or that day by 1 PM. Coaches will not wait to boat an athlete who is late, nor will they rearrange to fill the athlete's seat. At a minimum, the athlete's boat mates for that day will remain on land and erg. Missed practices may result in the potential of losing your seat.

Attitude

Rowers are expected to come to practice and races with a positive attitude about their team and their training. If something comes up that is bothering an athlete for 48 hours or more, it is officially a problem. Rowers should see their coaches or captains in order to resolve the issue.

Carpools and Safe Driving

Each athlete is required to arrange her own transportation to the boathouse and regattas.  Other athletes may offer to provide transportation and coordinate carpools. Student drivers may assist in transporting non-drivers down to the river and back to school or homes at the end of practice. Be courteous to your driver.  As young adults, it is the drivers' responsibility to respect traffic laws and be sure they and their passengers arrive safely.  Passengers have a responsibility to not distract their driver.  Rowers will have more than enough time to get to and from practice within the speed limit.  Showing up late is bad; having an accident or showing up with a ticket is unacceptable.  Passengers are also expected to pay for their share of gas, on a monthly basis.  Call the night before if you won't need a ride to practice.

Commitment

Rowers are encouraged to partake in other activities, but should not stretch themselves so thin that those other activities are detracting from the team. If an athlete can already anticipate missing upwards of five practices due to other commitments, she should reconsider joining this team.

Communications

Every parent and athlete is encouraged to subscribe to the RGCC email distribution list.  Subscribe here. By subscribing, you will not only receive important information regarding club activities, but you'll also receive race result updates.

Directions

Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Use

Using any of these three items is detrimental to any athlete, illegal and will not be tolerated by your coaches and board members. Our policy for these infractions is the same as Radnor High School policy – not to mention the law.

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Dues

The required dues for the fall and spring seasons are listed in the pdf icon fall season registration packet and the pdf icon spring season registration packet . The RGCC is proud to be able to offer a limited amount of need-based financial assistance to qualified athletes, which will cover up to 50% of dues.  All financial aid requests and related information will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.

Dues pay for coaches' salaries, boathouse rental, the cost of training, entrance fees for races, insurance, purchase/rental/maintenance of equipment – boats, launches, oars, ergs – as well as all the other expenses of running and maintaining the team. A treasurer's report is available upon request.

If an athlete chooses to drop out of fall crew, a full refund will be provided up until the first Friday of practice, a 66% refund will be provided up until the second Friday of practice, and a 33% refund will be provided up until the third Friday of practice.  Thereafter, we regret that we cannot provide any refund.  Refund policies are subject to change.

If an athlete chooses to drop out of spring crew, a full refund will be provided up until the First Friday of practice, a 66% refund will be provided up until the fourth Friday of practice, and a 33% refund will be provided up until the eighth Friday.  Thereafter, we regret that we cannot provide any refund.  A full refund will be made to athletes who are not selected to remain on the team during tryouts.  Refund policies are subject to change.

New freshmen team members' dues are payable immediately after notification of team selections. You will receive an email with payment instructions.

Membership in RGCC entails certain other costs of which athletes and parents should be aware.  Freshman and novice athletes will need to purchase a t-shirt (about $15).  JV and Varsity athletes will need to purchase a unisuit (about $75) and race shirt (about $45).  All athletes are expected to maintain their uniforms in proper condition. Many athletes wish to purchase other RGCC garments, such as an athlete's jacket, sweatpants, etc., but these garments are optional.  Parents and guests (but not athletes) are required to pay for their attendance at the spring banquet.  Athletes advancing to Nationals or selected to participate in special regattas such as the Head of the Charles will be required to pay their pro rata share for lodging, meals and transportation, which varies depending on the destination (the range is generally $130-450). All parents are required to share in hospitality duties (see Hospitality Tent).

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Financial Aid

The RGCC is proud to be able to offer a limited amount of need-based financial assistance to qualified athletes, which will cover up to 50% of dues.  More information and an application are available here.  All financial aid requests and related information will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.

Forms

It is imperative that all required forms be completed by all new and returning team members. These forms should be forwarded along with the dues payment to the secretary. All forms packets can be downloaded from this website. Rowers may not participate in practice until all forms and dues are collected.

Fundraising 

Because we are a parent-run organization and receive only limited financial support from the school district, fundraising and volunteer efforts will be critical from time to time to ensure the continued financial stability and success of the club. Some of the efforts in the past have included an erg-a-thon , regatta sponsorships, a 5K run, t-shirt sales at a major regatta, parking permit auctions, and oar and boat naming opportunities (see Sponsorship Opportunities).

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Hospitality Tent

Hospitality for athletes and spectators is a significant aspect of the regatta experience, creating an environment conducive to a positive mental state for the athletes and a positive social experience for the spectators. But our great hospitality experience doesn’t happen by itself.

For each of the spring races (and occasionally in the fall), we provide an elaborate food offering for parents and athletes under a tent owned by the club. Every family is part of the Hospitality Committee and will be EXPECTED to do its part as directed by the committee, from purchasing food or beverages (at the club's cost) and to setting up or dismantling the tent and equipment. More information and a schedule will be distributed by the Hospitality Committee prior to and during the season.

Parents

The support of parents is critical to the success of the RGCC.  There are many opportunities to help.  Please attend the monthly parent meetings at the Radnor High School to learn more and respond to appeals for assistance.  And come out to the regatta!

Parking

For the Manny Flicks on the Schuylkill River, you may be able to purchase a parking permit to be allowed into the parking area on Kelly Drive, adjacent to the river, depending on that year's current parking policy enacted by the City of Philadelphia. A limited number of parking permits may be available through a fundraising event. There will be a police roadblock on Kelly Drive that will stop your car unless you have a permit. Otherwise, you will have to park up on the hill along Fairmount Park and walk down to the race area. Note that parking permits will not be good for the Philadelphia City Championships or Stotesbury Regatta – they're only valid for the five Manny Flick races.

Phone Chain and E-mail

Our primary form of communication with team members will be via e-mail and this website.  It is very important that both athletes and parents provide current e-mail addresses.  With so many team members, this is the most efficient way to get information to our athletes. Subscribe to the RGCC email distribution list.

The Captains or class parents will also be putting together a phone chain involving all team members. Team members are required to make their calls once they are called. This will be our secondary form of communication and will assist in better team communications.

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Practice Schedule

Fall Season
Winter Training
Spring Season
Summer Rowing Camp
About Practices

Race Day

Read all about race day here.

Regattas

More information on our regattas is here.

Safety

The RGCC is committed to promoting a safe environment for RGCC athletes and coaches on and off the water. All athletes must read the RGCC Safety Manual. A Safety Review session will be conducted at the start of each season (fall and spring), the purpose of which is to review the RGCC Safety Manual and additional safety related information (videos, presentations, etc.).

Snacks

Rowing requires energy. While beverages and snacks will be provided at the hospitality tent, it is suggested that team members bring their own filled Nalgeen water bottles to each race and practice. Disposable bottles are no longer allowed.

Spring Break Mini Training Camp

During spring break, RGCC will practice twice a day Monday through Thursday. There will be a team bonding dinner one evening. Location and details will be provided prior to the dinner. All athletes are expected to attend all spring break practices.

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Swim Tests

It is mandatory for all NEW athletes to take the swim test. Testing will be conducted at the high school pool.  We will advise you of the date. All team members should bring a long-sleeved shirt and pants to be worn in the pool. New athletes must take and pass this test to be on the team.

Terminology

A full list of crew terminology is here.

Uniforms

All varsity and JV athletes will be required to purchase a Radnor Crew Club unisuit and long-sleeve race shirt.  Freshman/novice athletes will be required to purchase a t-shirt. Radnor Girls Crew Club jackets and warm-up pants are optional.  All uniforms will become the property of each athlete. 

Purchase RGCC Gear

Website

Most information about our program can be found on this website.  To get the latest information and updates, remember to subscribe to the RGCC distribution list.

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Gear

Nothing says "spirit" like athletes and fans clothed head to toe in RGCC apparel.  Aside from the required unisuit and long-sleeve racing shirt, all logo apparel is optional for athletes.  Apparel orders are usually taken at the beginning of each season, but contact us if there's an item you would like to order at some other time because we might have an extra in stock.

The RGCC Team Store is open twice per year: at the beginning of the fall season and the beginning of the spring season. Sophomores and non-freshmen athletes needing a new unisuit or racing shirt (the only required uniform components) should place their orders during these periods.  All athletes and parents are welcome to purchase any of the optional gear on the website.  The store is currently open until midnight (Pacific Time) on April 30, 2012. Subscribe to our mailing list to receive notifications regarding RGCC gear and other club activities. Contact our spiritwear committee with any questions..

RGCC Team Store