Springfield Crew is the competitive rowing team of the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club. We are currently recruiting outstanding individuals from the Greater Springfield area who are looking to challenge themselves and learn something new.
Did you know that rowing offers the highest percentage of scholarships for both men and women? PVRC youth have gone on to row at George Washington, UMass Amherst, Bates, Holy Cross, Dartmouth, UVM, Stanford, WPI and Rochester.
The sport of rowing offers the opportunity to learn responsibility, compete as a team, build strength, and foster teamwork. For these reasons participants are expected to commit to practice, training, and traveling to local regattas. It is a priority at PVRC that rowing be open and accessible to all regardless of experience or socioeconomics.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Our teams are made up of a diverse group of men and women from the Pioneer Valley and surrounding communities. If you can get yourself to the boathouse, you can join the team - simple as that.
Our Junior team consists of high school and middle school students from the Greater Springfield area, including (but not limited to): Renaissance, Chestnut, Central, Commerce, Putnam, Sci/Tech, Cathedral, Wilbraham & Monson Academy, Longmeadow, Somers CT, and Agawam.
EXPERIENCED ATHLETES ONLY (10th – 12th grade)
Racing on the Springfield Crew Varsity squad requires commitment, strength, and mental toughness. Our team competes in the New England area against some of the top teams in the Northeast. Varsity rowers are subject to certain standards and guidelines set by the coaches, including (but not limited to) attitude, teamwork, attendance, athleticism, work ethic, erg scores, and rowing technique in order to be considered for racing.
1st YEAR OF COMPETITIVE ROWING (9th-11th grade)
The novice program is for athletes just starting their competitive careers and those who have had a prior non-competitive introduction to the sport. This program focuses on the technical and physical development of athletes so they can learn to move a rowing shell quickly and effectively. As athletes reach the appropriate skill level, opportunities to compete against novice athletes from other local and regional teams will become available. Athletes rowing in the fall (and winter) should expect to have a solid foundation to begin competing regularly and successfully in the spring season. While the competitive novice program is open to rowers with little to no experience, it does require participants be able to attend practice 5 days a week, attend regattas on the weekends and be able to train at an age appropriate athletic level.
RECREATIONAL TEAM (aka DEVELOPMENT TEAM)
NEW & EXPERIENCED ROWERS (age 12- 18)
A flexible schedule alternative. Athletes may customize their schedule based on how many days each week they will practice (no less than three). The program will utilize all of the PVRC equipment including kayaks, bikes, and rowing shells to engage rowers in a fun and dynamic environment.
THE MOD SQUAD (aka Middle School Program)
NEW & EXPERIENCED ROWERS (age 12 - 16)
The MOD Squad is intended for middle school students to learn the basics of rowing and athletic fundamentals. The team trains in boats that are modified for younger athletes practices from 3 days to 5 days a week. Participants focus on land based training, gaining a general knowledge of rowing and getting a taste for racing at local regattas. The program will utilize all of the PVRC equipment including paddling, bikes, and rowing shells to engage rowers in a fun and dynamic environment that will develop skills necessary to pursue competition in a later season if they so choose. Local racing opportunities will be available to rowers wishing to participate.
The correct pronunciation is cox’n, also referred to as The Cox. Contrary to popular belief coxswains do not yell, “Stroke.” She/He is the only member of the crew facing forward and sits in the stern of the boat facing the first oars-person in an eight and in the bow of a four. Their major functions include the safety of the boat and rowers, steering, watching the crew for correct technique, motivation of the crew in practice and races, and execution of the race plan. If you see members of the crew throwing the coxswain in the water, don’t worry, this is a time-honored tradition after winning a race! Individuals interested in coxing can follow the links for their desired program. (ie. Juniors / Novice Teams, Spring 2015)