|Spring Crew: Spring is the primary competitive season for rowing, and we will have winter conditioning prior to water training. Rowing is a challenging but highly rewarding sport, demanding endurance, strength, and skill along with consummate teamwork and mental toughness. Rowers are among the toughest, most determined athletes you will meet.
Cost: $1,300, but divided into two portions – dues $800 and a fundraising commitment of $500. This cost includes the use of equipment, regatta entry fees, and the hospitality at races (food for athletes). You will also be responsible for uniform costs (approx. $100), an individual US Rowing membership (approx. $25/year), travel to and participation in out-of-town invitational regattas and national championships (as applicable), and donations to supplement the hospitality tent at regattas. REMEMBER – rowing at Stone Bridge High School is a club sport that does not receive any funding from the high school or the Loudoun County school system. Stone Bridge Rowing Club is a self-funded, 501(c)3 non-profit organization governed by a board of parent volunteers.
Participation: The program is open to Stone Bridge High School students. Students must have basic swimming skills as a prerequisite to participate in on-water activities. A swim test will be held prior to the water practices to confirm this. In addition, we will require a current VHSL (Virginia High School League) physical form confirming physician release to participate (completed after May 1, 2022). Physical forms are available on VHSL.org or via the https://sbhs-ar.rschooltoday.com website. It is the expectation of the SBHS Athletic Department that athletes make a commitment to a team when they tryout. Vacations by athletic team members during their sport’s season are discouraged. Athletes are required to attend all practices/races unless prior approval has been given by the Head Coach.
Winter Conditioning: Select days per week (from 4:45-7pm at the Trailside Middle School cafeteria). The program begins after Thanksgiving and concludes at the beginning of tryouts in February. Coaches lead these practices in association with a carefully crafted training program. Attendance isn’t mandatory, but it is heavily encouraged by the SBRC coaching staff. Training consists of erg pieces and circuits designed to prepare athletes for a successful spring season. History shows that the athletes who consistently attend Winter Conditioning practices are better prepared to race in the team’s most competitive lineups. Athletes are more skilled and better trained. They benefit from individualized attention from the coaches not always available in the spring. Athletes making attending these practices a priority is critical to the program fulfilling its goal of fielding competitive crews in the spring.
Rowing Location: The program will be administered in the Spring on the Potomac River at Algonkian Regional Park located at 47001 Fairway Dr, Sterling VA 20165. After entering the park grounds, follow signs to the boat ramp. Athlete parking/drop off is on the gravel parking lot next to the sports field. Please do not park in the paved boat ramp parking lot. Athletes access the site by a walking path (approx. 5 min walk from the parking lot).
Schedule: Try-outs will be held the week of February 20th (see the Team Calendar for details) using ergometers. Try-outs are used to determine which students will go in which boats. We hope to be able to accommodate all interested students; however, there is always the possibility that numbers may need to be limited based on equipment and coach/student safety ratios. If that becomes necessary, the tryout days will be used to determine the team roster as well. Our Spring schedule has daily weekday practices, and scheduled regattas and practices on Saturdays from March through May, plus possible championship races in May/June. Please contact the SBRC Head Coach with any questions via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forms: Athletes must complete ALL required forms on-line prior to participation with the team. New athletes must also pass a swim test before they are permitted to participate in on-the-water training. Athletes with incomplete forms will not be allowed to participate. Athletes’ VHSL physical forms should be completed and turned into the Athletic Director at Stone Bridge High School (via email to athletic director or drop off to the front desk of the office).
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN AND CLOSES on FEBRUARY 10th.
How to Register:
1. Complete the Online Stone Bridge Rowing Registration Form at https://form.jotform.com/240068122298152.
2. Turn in VHSL Athlete Physical Examination Form to the Stone Bridge Athletic Director (email@example.com) no later than February 14, 2024 in order to participate in tryouts: https://www.vhsl.org/vhsl-physical-form/.
3. Complete the Stone Bridge High School Athletic Department Registration. Form may be completed online: https://sbhs-ar.rschooltoday.com/
All forms must be turned in prior to participation in our Spring season tryouts. If not participating in the team’s Winter Conditioning program, then forms are due no later than February 10, 2023.
Financial Obligation/Payment Schedule:
$400.00 due February 27, 2024
$400.00 due March 13, 2024
$500.00 fundraising monies due May 14, 2024
Sibling discount: $100 off the dues (or $50 off each installment) for a second athlete rowing in the same family.
Registration fee ($800) includes use of equipment and organizational membership to US Rowing, insurance fees, site maintenance, equipment maintenance, dock maintenance, park and facility fees, racing fees and coaching.
Payment may be made via check or PayPal/Credit Card (additional fees apply).
If paying fees by check, make check out to “SBRC” and deliver to front porch:
P.O. Box 4041
Ashburn, VA 20148
For questions about registration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.