What’s the age to participate?
Students in 8th through 11th grade in the spring of 2020 can join. The first regatta will be in the fall of 2020 when all members will be in high school.
Where do you practice?
Practice will be held at the old Charleroi football stadium.
200 Second St.
Charleroi, PA 15022
Is rowing safe?
Rowing is one of the safest sports. As a low/non-impact sport, rowing isn’t inherently damaging to the body. It is a lifetime sport. Each rower is required to pass a swim test prior to getting into a boat.
Is rowing co-ed?
Rowing is a co-ed sport. Race boats will be all one gender; however, boys and girls will practice and attend races together.
How long does the season last?
Rowing is a year-round sport. The typical season runs from September through May with a winter break from Thanksgiving to the first of the year. Weeklong summer camps will be offered, though attendance at camps is not required.
When is practice?
Practice will be held Monday through Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 pm and Saturday from 7:00 to 9:00 am. Attendance and performance at practice determines boat assignments. The final practice schedule will be set by the coach and may drop the Friday practice.
What are regattas?
Rowing races are called regattas. The region we will be racing in includes regattas in Pittsburgh, Ohio, and Virginia.
As our team grows, we anticipate attending races in Boston, Chattanooga, and Philadelphia. Parents are highly encouraged to attend regattas, but coaches will be in charge of all rowers for the extent of the regatta. Depending on the regatta schedule and location, the team may be staying one to two nights in a hotel.
How much does it cost?
The cost for rowing is $1500 a semester. This amount can be paid in full at the start of the semester, or paid in $500 installments due February 1, March 1, and April 1, September 1, October 1, and November 1. The fee includes uniforms; however, additional gear may be available for purchase (jackets, sweatshirts, etc.) The fee includes travel expenses. Parent attendance at regattas is not included.
Scholarships are available! Cost will not be a prohibitive factor. Need-based scholarships are available that may cover up to 95% of the cost.
Emma Shauf, the current coach of Carnegie Mellon’s Novice program, is coaching the team.
Is transportation to practice provided?
Transportation to or from practice will not be provided. Transportation to regattas will be provided.
Are traveling costs included?
The fee includes travel expenses. The cost to attend regattas is dependent on the length of the regatta (1-3 days) and the distance to the location (a day trip or overnight stay required), and cost of registration fees. Parent attendance at regattas is not included.