Practice Information

Practice is held Monday - Friday from 3:30-6:00pm

Training Season

For Spring 2019:

January 3rd, 2019

Practice is conducted rain or shine and are almost never cancelled.

Fall Season:

During fall our athletes learn how to row, improve their rowing, and work on conditioning through various land and water workout.  Varsity practice starts at the end of August.  Novice starts after labor day.

Spring Season:

The spring season starts the first full week in January for all squads. Spring fees are due two weeks from the start date for all squads. Spring semester ends in May, except for any Varsity boat that qualifies for the USRowing Youth National Championships that is in June. The athletes continue to focus on conditioning and improvement of their rowing and he emphasis is shifted more towards the racing season.

What to Bring:

Wear comfortable clothing to workout as well as appropriate running shoes. No flip-flops. Clothing should allow full range of motion and freedom of movement and should not be loose. Shorts or shirt tails that are too loose can get caught in the seat tracks. Also it is important to bring a bottle of water. If you need workout clothes check out the Capital Crew Logo Wear. For racing, varsity men and women wear unisuits and the novices wear black trou (rhymes with now) and Capital Crew tank top.

The rowers clothing should be clean and not offensive at practice and races. Athletic attire must be worn for all practices. No jeans. Dress appropriately for the weather and it is suggested to dress in layers as it can be wet in the winter, and hot and humid in the spring. No bathing suit tops are allowed at practice or at regattas. At all regattas unisuits will be worn as intended, i.e. over the shoulders. Treat your racing outfit with respect and only wear it at races (this is not practice attire).


Participating in crew requires a great deal of time and energy. It is imperative that all rowers and their parents take this commitment seriously. Crew is a unique sport that requires tremendous teamwork. Continuity and consistency are key to creating effective boats.

If you know you cannot attend a practice, it is your responsibility to tell your coach ahead of time. This includes when you are sick and not going to school or leaving school early. Last minute situations should be communicated to your coach as soon as possible so the boats may be adjusted to have a productive practice. Missing practice will affect who rows in what boat and who will row at regattas. Your seat cannot be held for you if you miss practice.