The Fall Season runs from the week after Band Camp (late August) to the first weekend in November. The team spends most of its time working on technique to be utilized at the fall races. The training is all geared towards building cardiovascular endurance and muscle memory.
In March, a successful Spring Season is the aim of the program. This is side by side sprint racing just like you see in the Olympics. Races are 6-8 minutes long in courses laid out 6-lanes wide. It is very intense and thrilling to watch.
During the season, practice is Monday through Thursday and Saturday mornings. A typical practice will consist of a brief meeting with the coach and their crews to discuss the workout and set line-ups, 75-90 minutes on the water, then a brief meeting with the boat once the shell and oars are returned to the boathouse. Practice is mandatory.
Winter training is done at the high school using rowing machines. This takes place Monday through Thursday, 4:00 – 6:00 pm for girls, 6:00 – 8:00 for boys.
For practice, regular compression shorts, you’ll want multiple pairs, will suffice. As for tops, most kids practice in regular old t-shirts.
Team unisuits for competition are required and available for purchase at the beginning of each season through a bulk team order at the rower’s expense (~$87). They will also need the crew wind suit, for regattas, also at the rower’s expense (~$167).
In the first two weeks of practice each season we have an organized clothing order for various Hampton Crew gear; tees, sweats, hats, jackets, duffels, etc.
Hampton High School Crew is a club sport. We are not sponsored by the high school to help with the cost of the sport.
Our dues provide rowers and coaches with the proper training, equipment, and financial resources to field a competitive rowing team.
Dues are calculated based on total yearly operating expenses divided by number of rowers. Last year, annual membership dues were $2,200 per rower.
Fundraising is a critical second component to supporting the overall operating costs of the rowing team. It also provides an opportunity to earn credit towards membership dues.
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