Novice (High School) Team
The Novice squad is a competitive squad for students who are new to the sport of rowing or rowed in our modified program and are in grades 9-12. We are NOT affiliated with any school district and draw rowers from as far away as Corning. The team uses sweep boats (one oar per person) with most rowing done in 8-person boats.
The team is open to anyone who is able to commit to the practice and race schedule. We do not make "cuts" however, there are limited seats in the boats, and rowers may become a “spare”, who does not compete unless one of the rowers who is in a boat is unavailable. This is determined by coaches based on the rower’s performance.
We do not require prior experience, but have found that at least one session of Learn to Row or Modified is helpful. We will teach new rowers at the beginning of each season.
Fall and Spring Rowing
In the fall, novice teams row sweep boats (one oar/person), with rowers assigned to four- and eight-person boats.
Practice: During the fall and spring seasons, the teams practice in the afternoon (M-F approximately 4:30-6:30 p.m.) in Stewart Park at Cascadilla Boathouse.
Regattas: We attend about three weekend regattas per season. In some seasons, we may attend more.
Fall races are head races ranging from 2-4 km, in which boats have staggered starts and the fastest start-to-finish time wins, similar to the start of a large marathon. Past fall regattas have included, Head of the Fish, Row for the Cure, and Head of the Gennesee. Head of the Fish is an overnight regatta.
Spring regattas are 1.5km sprints, in which two or more boats compete head-to-head with simultaneous starts, similar to a swim meet. Typical spring regattas include: the CBC-hosted Icebreaker Regatta, the Section III Championship Regatta, the New York State Championship Regatta, and the Pittsford Regatta.
During the winter, training sessions focus on maintaining strength and fitness during the “off” season. Practices include aerobic workouts, strength training, erging, and stretching. Practices occur indoors at various locations in the Ithaca area.
Novice Rowing Time Commitments
Rowers on the novice squad are encouraged to make a strong commitment to attend all practices and races. The effort pays off, with rowers continually challenging themselves to improve their overall fitness and set personal records in erg times. It also pays off in the confidence rowers develop as they gain technical mastery of the sport. And, finally, the commitment to rowing pays off in the camaraderie that grows as the rowers learn to coordinate their strokes into a single, fast, and powerful rhythm.
Novice rowers are encouraged to make the commitment to participate in CBC fundraising activities throughout the year. In the fall, rowers volunteer their time raking leaves and performing other chores for the Rent-a-Rower fundraiser. The end of spring Row for Humanity event raises money for Habitat for Humanity and CBC. These funds support equipment purchases and scholarships to defray registration fees. Other social events that help build team spirit include Stewart Park clean up day, regular team dinners and an end-of-season banquet.
A note on practices...
All spring and fall practices occur in Stewart Park at Cascadilla Boathouse. Practices are held, weather permitting, on the Cayuga and Fall Creek Inlets, and Cayuga Lake. Typically, boats go out in most weather except when there is a strong north wind or thunder. If the weather does not allow rowing, practices are held on-land at the boathouse and include aerobic workouts, strength training, erging, and stretching.
Cascadilla Boat House Location