Girls Information

The Challenge is the Opportunity. You don’t choose or control the challenge, but you are not a victim. You can control your response to the challenge. You can choose to improve your experience through your attitude and actions. This is a great opportunity to become empowered.

Team Values

  • Challenge - Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
  • Competition - Push each other by competing with one another.
  • Awareness - This is about you. Exercise personal responsibility.
  • Mindfulness- But it’s not JUST about you. Exercise shared responsibility.
  • Community - This is about being apart of something bigger than yourself.
  • Process - Although we have big goals, the process is our focus.
  • Respect - Period.

Focus on the Process

Many rowers can become heavily focused on outcomes (2K score, college recruiting). Of course, one of our goals is to help each rower reach their goals. While we have had great success in helping rowers reach their specific individual and team competition goals, our belief is that by focusing on excellence day to day, the best can be achieved. Quality strokes, connection, loading, acceleration, rhythm, awareness, consistency, fearlessness, looking for the uncomfortable challenge vs. splits, fear, anxiety, …etc. Through this process, we find that rowers are challenged, grow, and improve in the direction of their long term goals.

Selection for Line Ups

We plan on competing in both sweep and sculling, as our fleet of over 24 small boat seats allows us to excel in both. Some rowers will primarily sweep, while others may primarily scull. Rowers will be placed in boats during practice based on where we think they will benefit the most. Some will benefit quite a bit from rowing a smaller class boat (1x,2x,2-), while others may need a more stable platform to make and hold changes (8+,4+,4x). We do ask for and take into consideration the rowers past experience. However, rowers should have no expectations for one or the other.

Coaches select line ups based on a number of areas, including but not limited to erg score, data from switches, technique, rhythm, strength, general fitness, and of course attitude. Switches are a very important piece of data for coaches to draw from when making decisions about line ups. However, a switch does not in itself determine whether or not a rower will make a boat. Also, not every rower will be switched to determine line ups. Switches are generally done when a coach feels they need more data to for the decision ahead. Line ups will be based heavily off of many of the variables above. Ultimately, the lineups will be solidified at the discretion of the coach. Please remember that lineups are always subject to change.

Rowers are able to inquire about what they might do to become a better rower. However, seat and boat selection is not up for discussion, ever.

Otherwise, parents, please don’t hesitate to talk to us  about your rower’s experience. Even if your rower says otherwise. We are here to create a competitive and dynamic experience where your rower will find challenge, growth, and lifelong value. We hope that this experience adds to the quality of your rower’s life. So again, communication about your rower’s experience is always welcome.


Each athlete is expected to attend all practices and competitions. Any absence, regardless of the reason, may impact boat placement. In cases where an absence is unavoidable there is an attendance calendar for rowers to note when they will miss and why. Rowers should also text the head coach on the day of being absent as a follow up to the attendance calendar.

There are no unimportant weekends or practices. However, if a rower has to schedule something during the week, Wednesday afternoons are the best option. Rowers can cross train the minutes of training in the correct Heart Rate Zones (assuming they have a HR monitor or machines at the gym that keep track).

Rowers and families dictate when they need to miss practice for other priorities. We will rarely tell an athlete that it is or is not okay to miss. We simply make lineups (not judgments) based on the information we have. Attendance may have an effect on boat selection. The general rule for attendance is, if you don’t have to miss, Don’t miss. Please use the “if I had known” scenario as a guide for making decisions around attendance. “If I had known she wouldn’t get to race, or wouldn’t be selected for this boat, I would have let her stay for practice”. This is a situation where it was possible for the rower to attend practice, but she did not. As a result she may have missed a significant opportunity. If there is an event where the rower would be missing regardless of the outcome because it’s just that much of a priority, then it doesn’t matter if it is “okay” for her to miss as the decision is not Dependent upon the outcome.

Parent, Rower, Coach Communication

Although parents are involved and are the last word in decisions of this nature, “My mom said I have to miss practice because” should not be communicated to the coaching staff. The rower should be fully aware of the value of attending another event, and again, should communicate from that place. Please allow your rower to be responsible for communicating any and all conflicts. Let them manage the process.

That being said, please understand that we realize different rowers have different challenges with balancing their priorities. We also realize that each family makes sacrifices to support their athlete as a competitive rower at CRI. If you or your rower knows they may need more leeway, please just have them come and speak with me.

Athlete Code of Conduct

By registering for the program, the athlete agrees to CRI’s Athlete Code of Conduct. Violations are treated with a zero tolerance policy.