Questions

General
Where is the boathouse located?

 

Questions about Kansas Crew
Is Kansas Crew open to both men and women?
Are there tryouts?
Do I need any rowing experience?
How do I become a part of Kansas Crew?

How competitive is the club?
Do we travel?
Are scholarships available?
I am a graduate student. Can I still join?

 

Questions about practice/races/regatta/uniforms
What do I wear to practice?
What do I wear to regattas?
When are practices?
What if I can't make it to all of the practices?

What does your regatta schedule look like?

 

Questions about rowing in general
What is a regatta?
How long is a race?
Where can I learn more about rowing in general?
What is a coxswain?

 

Answers

 

Where is the boathouse located?

The boathouse is located at Burcham Park on the Kansas River at 2nd and Indiana. Traveling east on 6th street towards Massachusetts, you will turn left onto Indiana and continue until you reach the park.

 

Is Kansas Crew open to both men and women?


Yes! We have both a Men's and Women's team.

 

Are there tryouts?


Kansas Crew does hold tryouts. All are welcome to attend practices for a trial period of two weeks before they commit themselves to the team. After two weeks you will be expected to pay dues. No experience is necessary and we accept all levels of fitness. The purpose of this two weeks is to integrate prospective rowers into the team, as well as provide insight into the physical demands that come with being a competitive rower.

 

Do I need any rowing experience?


No, a majority of the members on the team had no experience prior to joining.

 

How do I become a part of Kansas Crew?


Just come to practice! We always welcome prospective rowers to our practices. We practice at the University of Kansas Boathouse located at Burcham Park (220 Indiana St). We also host an informational Open Boathouse event for all prospective rowers every August. Check the Recruitment page for more information.

You may also contact our Recruitment Chair Grant Gollier to learn more about how to prepare yourself for the first day of practice. He may answer any questions you may have about joining the team.

 

How competitive is the team?


In general, Kansas Crew is a highly competitive organization who competes on the national level. We are consistently successful wherever we travel. At KU, it could be argued that we are the most competitive club sport.

 

Do we travel?

 

Absolutely! We compete throughout the Midwest. We travel to different states such as Tennessee, Michigan, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Illinois, and Georgia.

 

Are scholarships available?


No. Kansas Crew is a self-funded, self-governed team.

 

I'm a grad student. Can I still join?


Yes. Several of our current members are graduate students. 

 

What do I wear to practice?


Wear shorts and a t-shirt along with running shoes to practice. Please do not wear shorts that drop below the knees because they will interfere with rowing. Also, if the weather is cold, LAYER UP. Do not wear jackets that are too puffy or anything that will prevent you from moving your arms or will get stuck as your row. Windbreakers or thermal layers are suggested.

 

What do I wear to regattas?


During races, you will wear a uni-suit that is fitted to you. Novices will not receive a uni-suit until their second semester; novices will be provided with matching racing shirts until then. Scary as it may sound, spandex is the best thing for rowing. It is the most comfortable to row in and there is no possible way to go wrong with spandex. Our uni-suits are made of spandex and look much like a wrestling singlet.

 

When are practices held?


Practices are held in the mornings and evenings (for Novices) Monday through Friday. There is also Saturday morning practice.

What if I can't make all of the practices?
It is assumed that, as a novice rower, you did not plan your schedule according to Crew practice times. Therefore, it is understood if school or work conflict with practice. Alternate arrangements may be arranged with the Head Coach, Sam Rider.

 

What does your regatta schedule look like?
Regatta scheduling can be broken down between the Fall and Spring Semester.

In the fall the regatta season differs between Novice and Varsity. Typically the Varsity team participates in two to three regattas. Last year this included The Head of the Rock in Rockford, IL; The Head of the Charles in Boston, MA; The Head of the Hooch in Chattanooga, TN; and the Jayhawk Jamboree held here in Lawrence.  In order to give the Novice the maximum amount of practice rowing they only race in one to two regattas.

The spring or 'sprint season,' is packed with travel and races. Kansas Crew has been known to go to as many as six events in the spring, including events in Omaha, NE, Champaign, IL, Ann Arbor, MI, Oklahoma City, OK, and Gainesville, GA (Nationals!). Both Novice and Varsity participate in all spring regattas.

 

What is a regatta?
Simply put, a regatta is a boat race. The word is derived from the 17th-century Venetian dialect meaning fight or contest. Regattas are divided into two categories: head races which are about 5000 meters held during the fall season, and sprint races  - 2000 meters held in the spring season. 

 

How long is a race?
In the fall, we race what is called a head race. Generally, a head race is 5000 meters (about 20 minutes). In the spring, we race sprint races which are about 2000 meters (about 6 minutes).

 

Where can I learn more about rowing in general?
There is a ton of material on the web about rowing. Two of the best websites to check out are U.S. Rowing and Row2k.

 

What is a coxswain?
The coxswain, simply put, are the motivator of the crew and the person who commands and steers the boat. It is in the Crew's best interest for the coxswain to be relatively light in weight and have athletic experience in the past. 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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