Shaker Rowing Association Handbook
WHAT IS CREW?
Crew is the ultimate team sport requiring the highest degree of dedication and commitment. Eight (8) or four (4) rowers and one (1) coxswain (pronounced cox-in) must work almost flawlessly to make the boats move quickly through the water. Rowers appear as though they are moving backwards as their seats slide on a set of tracks within the boat frame. The coxswain's job is not only to steer the boat, but also to motivate the crew and keep them working together at a prescribed pace.
There are two types of rowing: sweep rowing and sculling. Sweep rowers use only one oar each while scullers have two oars. Shaker rowers participate mainly in sweep events, but on occasion may row in a few sculling events.
VARSITY LETTER POLICY
- Be a member in good standing having satisfied crew academic grade and school attendance requirements;
- Competes in at least two (2) competitive races in the 1st Varsity boat during the Spring scholastic season, or rows in the Varsity 8+ at the State Championship, or who has competed for three (3) years with Shaker;
- Participates in 90% of all scheduled water practices during the season;
- Participates in club fundraising activities;
- Complies with the behavioral requirements of the North Colonie Code of Conduct;
- Payments must be current;
- Eligibility for Spring Season letter includes involvement in an approved winter sport at the high school OR participation in 90% of indoor land training with Shaker Crew;
- A Varsity Letter will be awarded to any qualified rower at the end of year Spring Banquet.