Springfield Crew does not make cuts, however, we do require rowers to achieve a minimum set of stadards to race.
Setting the standard
At Springfield Crew we believe that rowing in the varsity is a privilege which needs to be earned. On other sports teams, the varsity level is achieved only after the athlete has acquired a base knowledge and ability in the sport. Those not able to perform at the top level are then cut.
In rowing, however, athletes are varsity eligible based only on time (one year after their first competitive novice season). At Springfield Crew we do not believe in making cuts, but do require a certain level of commitment, strength, and ability to be considered for boatings. Coaches use the standards to highlight an athlete's strengths and challenge their weakness which the athlete can work on developing.
How are the standards set?
These standards are not meant to exclude anyone from the team, however, we need to recognize that competitive rowing demands a certain amount of experience, strength, determination, and technical proficiency. The coaches work with each athlete to establish personal goals based on their competitive experience, athleticism, and personal drive. From these goals the coach will set measurable standards the athlete must achieve to be boated at the varsity level.
What if I can’t make the standards?
Rowers wishing to pursue the competitive track can continue training with the team while developing their area of weakness. We recognize that competitive rowing is not for everyone. Rowers who do not wish to meet the established standards are welcome to sign up for one of our less competitive programs.