Novice: WELCOME TO BINGHAMTON ROWING
Welcome to Binghamton Rowing!
Hello novice! We are excited to have each and every one of you on board with us as we strive for another victory-filled year!
For many of you, this is your first year at college and your first experience with rowing so everything may feel a little overwhelming at first. As for college in general, it will get easier soon, I promise. As for rowing, Most of our varsity rowers have never rowed in high school, so don’t feel alone. Rowing is a sport that many people first discover in college and immediately fall in love with. Not only will the bonds you make on this team last forever, your motivation toward fitness and the overall betterment of yourself will improve. If you like working out and being apart of a team that thinks its a family, you have come to the right place.
There’s so much about this team that I wish I could tell you all about but I don’t know where to start. However, you will soon be able to talk to your fellow teammates on the varsity squads and learn about everything from,“how much does a 1st place states trophy weigh?” to, “what is sending a blitz?”. These are questions that we are dying to answer.
We will be assigning you “novice mentors” and groups which will consist of about 4-5 novice and 1 varsity member. She/He will be your go-to person for anything you need. Maybe you guys will even become great friends by the end of the year! No pressure though, we know you hate ice breakers in your dorm hall meetings as much as we do.
We have a few things that you should be aware of.
- You need to be signed up for this website in order to communicate with the team. There is a “Join Team” link on the top-right of the page if you haven’t already. The main part of the website you need to monitor is the “Forum” which is where the executive board, coaches, and teammates post information about practice and races so you need to be checking this once a day for new material. There is no excuse for “not knowing” as this is your only responsibility. I also highly recommend adding your phone number to the SMS notification list. This is under your personal settings in your teampages account.
- There is something we host each year that we call an erg-athon. It consists of rowing 24 hours straight on the same erg (a new person each hour) generally for a charity or a cause and also to fundraise for our team. This year we will be on the “Spine” near the bookstore/clocktower and will be starting Thursday at noon until Friday at noon. Feel free to stop by whenever, and if you are really ambitious, sign up for a spot to table or erg! The link to sign up is on the “forum” part of our webpage.
- You have a swim test at 9:30pm, Wednesday in the west gym pool. Let your coach know if you can’t attend. The only valid excuses are medical-related and emergencies. This is for your safety. Show up and be ready to jump in the pool with a t-shirt and compression shorts (regular shorts would be fine for the test but the goal is to simulate what you would be wearing in the boat).
- Boathouse Orientation Day and Learn-to-Row Day. Friday at 5am we will be meeting PROMPTLY at Mohawk next to the Union/CIW. From there, our most experienced varsity rowers and coxswains will be taking you to the boathouse in Owego in order to show you all the safety procedures and basic knowledge you need before actually stepping into a boat. Learn-to-Row day will take place Saturday at around 9am (time TBD) and will consist of getting everyone a chance to row for the first time!
I am very excited to meet you all soon! If you have any questions, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll help you out with whatever you need.
-Andre Skala, Co-President