Q: Can athletes do either fall or spring?
A: Yes! While we do encourage people to row during the spring and fall to build the team to the best it can be, athletes can of course row one season and participate in another activity during the other.
Q: What kind of commitment am I signing up for?
A: During both the fall and spring, practices run 5-6 days per week for around 2 hours. Athletes are expected to come to each practice but can talk to a coach if they need to miss a day. Regattas are each Saturday and/or Sunday starting a few weeks into the season and athletes are again expected to come to each one. Note: Missing a practice or regatta for medical, family, or school reasons is ok it is however absolutely necessary that the coach is notified as soon as possible. At least 2 weeks prior to a regatta and 24 hours for a practice and always better late than never.
Q: What is the erg room?
A: The erg room is a room that AB rents where we keep our ergometers (ergs aka rowing machines). Squads meet there for one land practices per week.
Q: What are water practices vs. land practices?
A: Each squad has water practices 4 days per week which means they are on the water rowing. Land practice is normally one day per week for each squad where they meet at the erg room to do erg tests (certain times or distances rowed on the erg to get benchmarks). If it’s too windy coaches will make the decision to hold land practice instead of water practice which in that case would often times be a run or body weight workout.