For Parents

Rowing is an “all in” sport.  Some call it a Family sport because of the demanding commitment required to be successful.  The whole family has to be committed and supportive of the athlete.

Unlike other sports where an athlete can easily be substituted for another, rowing is the ultimate team sport.  A “4+” or a “2x” or an “8+” require all of the seats to be filled in the boat to row it, otherwise the whole crew may have to stay on land for workouts or the missing athlete may be replaced by another athlete with better attendance for the race.

Rowing is also a “journey” sport.  Hundreds of hours go into prep work just to have 4 or 5 chances to prove yourself in a season at the races.   It is the nature of the sport and it makes it unique.

While rowing is the ultimate team sport, becoming of one mind and spirit to move the boat together with finesse, synergy, and power, it is also the ultimate individual sport.  One never stops striving to become a more powerful, proficient, and graceful rower.  It can take years to perfect technique in order to apply maximum power in the boat.

Rowing requires patience, passion, commitment, discipline, teamwork, selflessness, integrity, and sheer mental toughness, all of which can be developed on the journey that we call rowing.

While there are program fees associated with being part of the team, rowing is also one of the most expensive sports to operate (on the same level as horse back riding and ice hockey.)  This is why it is critical for parents to volunteer their time and efforts to the team and the club to provide the best opportunities possible for the rowers.

This includes food prep at regattas, helping to organize hotel blocks for team trips, volunteering to tow the food trailer, order and manage team clothing and gear, drive and support fundraisers and team dinners, and assist in running our home regattas, which are instrumental in keeping the club going.

Parents are responsible for getting their rower to regattas and for booking their hotel room.

The best way to learn more of the details is to jump aboard the ship, join a committee or become one of the many volunteers who help support our coaches and athletes.

E-mail us at juniors@sagamorerowing.org if you are interested in joining the junior team.

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”
~Henry Ford

“The best of man is like water,
Which benefits all things, and does not contend with them,
Which flows in places that others disdain,
Where it is in harmony with the Way.”

~Lao Tzu

“Sometimes you have to lose yourself ‘fore you can find anything”
Junior Program Committee