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**COMING IN LATE FEBRUARY 2019!**  

Tryouts for SLRC’s Competitive Youth Novice Teams

No Experience Necessary!
Lots of College Recruiting Opportunities!

WHEN:

  • Introductory Meeting / Practice:  Typically on Sunday in late February from 2:00-4:00pm and immediately preceding tryouts.  Parents welcome!
  • Tryouts:  Typically start on a Monday in late February and continue for two weeks.  Tryout/Practice schedule is Monday through Friday 4:00-6:00pm and Saturday 10:00am-12:00pm.  The minimum attendance required is at least 4 practices/week.
  • Note:  If you were unable to attend the Introductory Meeting/Practice on Sunday, please come to the start of tryouts on Monday or Tuesday.

WHERE:

  • Both the Introductory Meeting/Practice and tryouts will be held at the SLRC boathouse at Creve Coeur Lake…13777 Marine Avenue, Maryland Heights, MO 63043.

WHO:

  • Boys and Girls ages 13-16 are invited to tryout for our Competitive Novice teams.  No experience needed!  Parents are welcome to attend the Introductory Meeting / Practice.

COST:

  • The two-week tryouts are FREE!
  • If selected and invited to join our Competitive Youth Program, membership dues the for applicable season apply and are available HERE.

QUESTIONS:

Days off from school

SLRC junior team members typically miss a few days of school to attend events.

How should SLRC families approach teachers & schools about the regatta travel dates? Here are a few sage words of advice from seasoned rowers and team parents:

Tips for ROWERS

  • Ask, don’t tell – Rowing is a privilege, and it comes secondary to your education. When you talk to your teachers about the regatta trips this fall, take an extra moment to provide them with some context. How much time will you personally invest to prepare for the competitions (and day off from school), and why is your attendance at the regattas important for you & your team? Remember that not everyone is familiar with rowing – and that you are representing the St. Louis Rowing Club when you ask for special permission to miss a day of school.
  • Notify teachers early…and then follow-up – Teachers & principals are generally pretty flexible when it comes competitive athletic team travel, but we strongly encourage rowers to provide their teachers with their team travel dates at the start of the fall semester.  Why the early notice? Teachers typically have to do extra work to accommodate changes in homework assignments or test dates for individual students, so plenty of advance notice – plus another follow-up reminder about a week before our travel date(s) – will typically help prevent any additional disruption to their weekly planning.
  • Make it easy to say yes – Ensure that you have a great attendance record, show up for class on time each day, and build a reputation as the kind of student that teachers can count on.

Tips for PARENTS

  • Ideally, rowers should take the initial lead when talking to teachers about regatta dates, scheduling any advance work, and/or to following-up and ensure that all relevant homework, classroom assignments, tests, etc. are complete.
  • Missouri law does require parents to grant permission for student absences. Individual school policies vary, but typically parents should contact their school attendance line, front office, and/or principal to notify them in advance of any absence.
  • Be sure to have your rower remind their teachers that they’ll be missing a day on the week before we leave. Teachers will often provide classwork or reading that your rower can work on during the regatta.
  • You might also want to remind your athlete to pack homework, notebooks, and other school gear before they leave for the trip. SLRC rowers do study on the bus rides and in the regatta tent between events, so they’ll want to ensure that they have the gear they need to use their time wisely.

 

Chaperone Volunteer Opportunity for SLRC Parents

Stay tuned for updates and plenty of opportunities to volunteer or email juniorprogram@stlouisrowingclub.com for more information!!

For more information on our Competitive Youth rowing program contact:
Head Coach, Tim Franck ~ coachtimfranck@gmail.com