Boys Information

We believe the most valuable part of Summer at CRI is the coalescence of rowers and coxswains from a variety of programs throughout in the US and abroad.

Each year brings its own combination of athletes together to create a team that is entirely unique. This diversity of approaches and depth of speed creates a highly fun and competitive practice environment which elevates each athlete’s capacity to contribute to their own current and future teams. The coaching staff operates from the following principles:

The process is the outcome.

CRI’s previous success at Club Nationals and Canadian Henley has largely been the result of the team’s collective endeavor to be present in the moment. We measure success above all else by the quality of the process. Each athlete is encouraged to set ambitious goals, and then learn how to identify and seize the moment-to-moment opportunities to advance toward those goals during practice and racing. We believe a process-oriented approach leads to the best results, both on and off the water, and in each athlete’s long-term development.

Technique: the only “right” way is the fast way.

The coaching staff aims to identify the unifying principles of effective boat moving across the range of styles that come together over the Summer. By learning how to converge on a common motion with teammates from different backgrounds, each rower and/or coxswain significantly expands his/her ability to contribute speed on the water in a wider range of conditions. CRI’s “style” is centered around economy of motion, anatomical awareness, uniformity and rhythm.

Boat Selection

Transparent, Objective, Informative. Selection is one of the great challenges each athlete faces in rowing. The staff aims to not only assemble the fastest combinations of rowers and coxswains, but in doing so, help each athlete seize the many learning opportunities presented by the selection process itself. Each moment in practice is an opportunity to compete within the team’s boatings. Evaluation of fitness, attitude and boat-moving skills is ongoing on land, ergs and in boats, and is treated as a way to educate each athlete on how to improve.

Attendance

Critical to any team’s success. Beyond the Athlete Code of Conduct, athletes must attend a minimum of 90% of planned practices and all competitions in order to maintain good standing. Unavoidable absences must be entered in a google spreadsheet and communicated directly from the athlete to the coaching staff as early as possible. Missed practice can impact boatings.

Parent, Rower, Coach Communication

You, the athlete, are expected to communicate directly with the coaching staff. This is counter-intuitive for some athletes and parents, but is believed by the CRI staff to be a staple of building athletic maturity. The coaches are available to the athletes outside practice in walk-in office-hours and by appointment. Parents are asked to encourage their athletes to reach out with any and all questions and/or concerns before contacting the coaching staff themselves. That said, parents are always welcome to reach out to the head coach directly as needed.

Racing opportunities, entry priorities

Every athlete will race in 2 - 3 events at Club Nationals and/or Canadian Henley. Missed practice may result in an athlete only racing one event. This is primarily a sweep and team-boat-oriented program. In some cases, athletes’ preferences towards certain boat classes and disciplines (sculling vs. sweep) are considered in boatings.

College Recruiting

The Summer program at CRI provides exceptional visibility to college teams. Coaches from Brown, Harvard, Syracuse, Dartmouth, Wesleyan, Washington, Boston College, Northeastern, BU and many more colleges observe practices regularly over the Summer. The coaching staff welcomes opportunities to advocate for athletes based on observations of attitude and performance in practice, regardless of boat assignments. In the past, athletes from all boats within the program have gained access to college coaches. CRI coaches seek to not only help athletes expand their “rowing resumes,” but more importantly, how to navigate the anxieties and challenges around the college process on a day-to-day level within practice and at home. 

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.