Summer Trial Row

Pioneer Trial Row Three-day Mini-Camp

This three-day mini-camp is hosted by Head Coach Rich Griffith and his Assistant Coaches, current and former rowers, and coxswains. It is intended to give a sound introduction to what the crew experience is realistically like, and will provide enough information for individuals to decide if they want to commit to the team in the fall. It is not a pre-requisite for, nor an obligation to participate during the school year, but is meant to give those with an interest but who are unsure a chance to see the sport up close before making their decision.

Two separate sessions, Monday/Wednesday/Friday or Tuesday/Thursday/Friday, June 19-23, 2017. 9am-12:00pm

Beal Community Boathouse, Bandemer Park, 1325 Lake Shore Dr.

What will it cost:
$75, cash or check payable to Pioneer Rowing Club, due at the start of class, day one.

Who is eligible:
Any 7th or 8th grader who lives in the Pioneer High School district and is interested in rowing or coxing for Pioneer Crew. Also open to current Pioneer freshman and sophomores.

What to bring:
Wear workout clothes as you would for gym class. Shorts that are not too loose, tee shirt, socks and tennis shoes. No baggie shorts, no flip-flops or sandals.

Bring water. There is no water at the boathouse, and you will be engaging in strenuous physical activity.

Enthusiasm. You will be getting a briskly paced introduction to what Pioneer Crew is all about. It will require mental and physical concentration and focus and full participation is expected.

What You’ll Learn:
Participants will be given instruction on the Rowing Ergometer, or Erg, covering the basics of the rowing stroke. This will include some moderately intensive piece work to gauge individuals’ strength and aptitude.

Following the Ergs, rowers will move to the barge, a large, stable floating rowing platform, where they will learn to handle an oar and move the boat, incorporating what they have learned on the erg with the dynamics of oar motion and team synchronization.

On the final day, rowers will get in an actual racing shell and will run through a mock practice on the water with other experienced rowers and coxswains.

Do I have to know how to swim?: YES. Pioneer Crew will not administer a swim test for this event, but the ability to swim is necessary. Parents will have to sign a waiver indicating their child can swim. Although a fully equipped Safety launch will accompany all on-water activities, life jackets will not be worn in the rowing shell, as they impede performance.

Participation Waiver


Registration will open in late April/ Early May, 2017.

Registration is now open. To sign up please visit Signup Genius to register. Classes will be formed in maximum groups of sixteen.

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