- Crusader Erg Challenge (2-1) ($20 per athlete)
- Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships (2-2) ($20 per athlete)
- Shuffle Off to Buffalo (2-15) ($10 per athlete)
- C.R.A.S.H.-B Boston (2-16) ($20 per athlete)
- Ontario Ergometer Championships (3-1) ($15 per athlete)
- BSRA Shamrock Row (3-8) ($5 per athlete)
- Pittsford Ergatta (TBD)
SPRING REGATTAS LIST
The following is a list of potential Spring Regattas. A final list of confirmed regattas will be sent out once the spring season begins. Not all athletes will participate in all regattas. Regattas which require boats to qualify and/or be petitioned into must be approved by Head Coach Kim Lonas prior to participation. This approval will be sent via email to the athlete and the parents of those who qualify after all determining factors have been considered.
May John Bennett Invitational WSRC Buffalo 1500m
May NYS Scholastic Rowing Championships Saratoga Springs 1500m
May Syracuse Chargers Junior Invitational Syracuse, NY 1500m
May SNRC High School Invitational Regatta Welland, ON 2000m
May Scholastic Rowing Championships Camden, NJ 1500m
May Fontana All High Regatta WSRC Buffalo, NY 1500m
June CSSRAs (CA champs) St. Catherines, ON 2000m
June Youth Nationals Oakridge, TN 2000m
First practices began this week at WSRC. For those who missed the lastemail, all varsity athletes should report to the boathouse at 5:30 A.M.tomorrow. Freshman/Novice boys will practice this evening from 5:30P.M.-7:30 P.M. and again on Thursday. Freshman/Novice girls had their firstpractice last night and will meet again this Wednesday from 5:30 PM-7:30PM.Modified Athletes have a pizza party this Thursday evening from 6:00 PM-8:00PM. Please bring $8 to cover the cost of pizza, wings and soda.The Shamrock Row is this Saturday, March 7th at the Old First Ward CommunityCenter located at 62 Republic St, Buffalo, NY 14204 (716) 856-8613. This isa much smaller ergatta, so registration will not be found onregattacentral.com. There will be onsite registration from 8am-9am and thecost this year is $10 per athlete. Modified athletes will be registered byme. All competitive athletes will register themselves. There is a t-shirtthat will be given out at registration while supplies last. The first eventstarts at 9a.m. Unfortunately, there is not a schedule of events postedanywhere at this time. Last year the masters rowed first, but this is notguaranteed. I recommend everyone who is participating be prepared to row at9a.m. The event as a whole should not last past noon. Coach's Challenge is this Sunday at WSRC beginning at 1PM. Coach Josh,Coach Andy and I will be facilitating this event. Please bring runningshoes, water and lots of layers to keep you warm during the run.The St. Patrick's Day Parade will be held Sunday, March 16th . For thoseathletes new to our program, each year we participate in the St. Patrick'sday parade with WSRC. WSRC has a float that will include two boatscompeting - yes, athletes actually rowing! It's a lot of fun for everyonewho participates. As we receive more details on the exact meeting locationon the square and time to meet; we'll be sure to forward them. Be sure todress warm and in green! (Flyer attached)ERIN GO BRAGH!Coach Kim702-810-8961
The Ontario Ergometer Championship is this Saturday in Ridley. So there willnot be a Saturday practice held on 3-1-14. WSRC indoor training for Springwill begin on Monday or Tuesday of next week (schedule below).Additionally, there are more than a few items to update everyone on, so herewe go:Indoor Rowing Competitions - ErgattasThere is still plenty of time to get your ergattas in to qualify for spring.o Ontario Ergometer Championships (Saturday 3-1)($15 per athlete)o 2Ko BSRA Shamrock Row(Saturday 3-8) ($5 per athlete-last year's price)o 2Ko CHC Coaches' Challenge (Sunday 3-9) ($15per athlete)o Erg, Run, Erg, Bikeo WSRC at 1PMo Pittsford Ergatta(TBD)o All day erg marathon Spring Registration & DuesSpring registration is now open online at regattacentral.com. Even if youdo not plan on paying at this time, I ask that you please register so thatwe know who will be on the roster. When it comes time to pay during theregistration process, simply check pay by check. When you are ready to makefull payment, you can log back in and change your payment option.March 31, 2014 Early registration period ends at midnight. $400 April 1, 2014 Spring dues increase to $430 City Honors Crew payment deadline will be April 30th. o Fall/Spring rower $160/spring 2014 - If you rowed in the Fall, thisis your feeo Spring only rower $220/spring 2014 - If you did not row this pastfall, this is your fee.o All dues must be received in order for your athlete to compete inany regattas. Instructions attached. US Rowing WaiversIMPORTANT WAIVER SIGNING UPDATE:There is an update to how athletes will sign their online waivers. Pleasevisit the following link https://rosters.usrowing.org/waiver and use codeGCXFE You will notice three major changes:The look and design of the WAIVER SIGNING portal has changed dramatically* All athletes will be asked FOUR SAFETY QUESTIONS. They will bedifferent for each athlete. There are no repercussions for missing any orall of the safety questions. These questions are educational only and giveUSRowing feedback on how our athletes understand safety within our sport.Even if you happen to miss ALL of the questions, you will still have signedthe waiver successfully.* Athletes may be asked to watch a USADA anti-doping video andcomplete the USRowing anti-doping acknowledgement if they indicate aninterest in participating in a National Team Selection event. FAQs* Can parents answer the four safety questions instead of my athletes? o Yes, but athletes should be present asthe parents sign the online waiver so the athletes benefit from the learningexperience.* What happens if a parent or athlete gets a question (or allquestions) wrong? o Nothing. You will still be able tosuccessfully sign the online waiver even if you miss all the questions.* What is the purpose of the four safety questions? o The safety questions are a way forUSRowing to promote safety in our sport and to gain a better understandingof how rowing safety is being communicated.* How long is the USADA video? o The USADA video is 14 minutes long. Financial AssistanceIf you want to row but find it to be a financial challenge, PLEASE do notjust decide not to participate. There are two different programs set up tooffset the cost of crew for CHS athletes. It's a relatively simpleapplication process, but there are timelines to meet and a form to complete.If you would like to apply, please email Miles Schwartzmschwartz@wsrc.organd Kevin Keane email@example.com. Please know that confidentiality isat the forefront of the process and it can all be handled via email. If youdo not get a response email from either Miles or Kevin, please email again.You will receive an email. Due date for a completed request form is March15th .Uniform ordersThe BoatHouse store is now open. Please order today as this will be thelast chance to get your uniform for Spring racing!! This season we will bewearing the long sleeve technical shirt for our early races. If you don'thave one, order today. Also, the next opportunity for ordering will notoccur until next Fall. http://cityhonorscrew.boathousegear.com/ PracticesWe will be moving to a new spring schedule beginning Saturday March 1st.However, it will change once we are able to get on the water. This cannotbe avoided. I just received confirmation this morning on the followingschedule. Varsity MenMonday - Friday 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Varsity Women Tuesday - Friday 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Novice Girls Monday & Wednesday 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Saturday 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Novice Boys Tuesday & Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Saturday 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tonawanda CreekThis year we are anticipating things will be frozen for quite a bit longerthan last years end of March clearing of the ice boom. So we areconsidering rowing at Tonawanda Creek until the time we can get on BlackRockCanal. Details are still being worked out with WSRC on schedules etc. Oncethose details are finalized, our schedules will change in order toaccommodate much needed water time. We will try to give you as much noticeas possible. However, please plan that it will more than likely be shortnotice.Team MeetingThere will be parent meetings held in two parts on Saturday March 15th.* 11-1 will be the parent meeting for all varsity athletes and theirparents* 1-3 will be a parent meeting for all freshman / novice athletes andtheir parentsAthletes should still plan to work out as they will only need to be presentfor a portion of the meeting.Calling All ParentsInterested in meeting other crew parents? Want to help your child's team butdidn't know how? We need your help!! There are few ways you can help theteam. You can help with food contribution to regattas, regatta setup/teardown or regatta tent duty to name a few. All families will be asked todonate time to the team this season. We will have sign-up sheet at our teammeeting with more details.Spring Regatta DatesThe following is a list of potential Spring Regattas. A final list ofconfirmed regattas will be sent out once we receive it from WSRC. Not allathletes will participate in all regattas. Regattas which require boats toqualify and/or be petitioned into must be approved by Head Coach Kim Lonasprior to participation. This approval will be sent via email to the athleteand the parents of those who qualify after all determining factors have beenconsidered.May 4 John Bennett Invitational WSRCBuffalo 1500mMay 9-11 NYS Scholastic Rowing ChampionshipsSaratoga Springs, NY 1500m May 17 Syracuse Chargers Junior InvitationalSyracuse, NY 1500m May18-19 SNRC High School Invitational RegattaWelland, ON 2000mMay 24 Pittsford RegattaPittsford, NY 1200mMay 23-24 SRAA National Championship WestWindsor, NJ 1500m May 26 Fontana All High RegattaWSRC Buffalo, NY 1500mJune 6-8 CSSRAs (CA champs) St.Catherines, ON 2000mJune 13-15 Youth NationalsGold River, CA 2000mRegatta RegistrationAlthough we asked for each athlete to individually register for upcomingindoor rowing events, you will not register any athlete for the above listedspring events. Boat sign ups/line-ups will be submitted through the mainCity Honors Crew regattacentral.com account. If in doubt, please call me.Seat Racing Factors and boat line upsSince joining City Honors Crew, there hasn't been a season where I'm notbeen asked how boat line-ups are decided. For those new to the process, Iwanted to give you an idea of some of the factors that the coaching teamwill consider as we move into spring.o Boat line-ups are not guaranteed and past line ups are just that -in the past. So please do not assume the line ups from Fall will be thesame this Spring. o Some factors considered and not necessarily in this ordero Seat Racing - What combination of athletes moves the boat from pointA to point B the fastesto 2K scores o Techniqueo Enduranceo Set of the boat o Heighto Weighto Reacho Port - Starboard preferenceo Attendanceo Mental Toughnesso Boat chemistryAs always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.Go Centaurs!!Coach Kim
Modified Parents & athletes,
I’m sure by now you’ve heard about Coach
Julia & my great acting skills. At
Thursday’s practice, our goal was to demonstrate examples of what not to do as the
kid’s prepare for tomorrow’s ergatta.
Apparently we were very convincing in our roles of poor sportsmanship. Coach
Julia demonstrated being a sore winner & I demonstrated being a sore loser
(Yes, I even threw my boots. LOL!). We
were so convincing that so some of our young athletes tried to console me after
Coach Julia crushed me in our erg demonstration. It was very sweet.
Our goal was to explain how important it is
to treat your competitors with respect and we asked the kids to adhere to the
If you place in the ergatta, save your happy
dance/excitement for the car. Unless you
are carpooling, then save your happy dance until you get home.
If you do not place in the ergatta, it’s
okay to have strong feelings. We just
ask that you save your emotions for the car or until you get home. If you
absolutely cannot; simply remove yourself from the competition room and find a
more secluded area until you can pull yourself together.
Enter the competition area calmly
Shake hands and wish your competitors “Good
Luck” even if you know them
Do not talk during the race.
Finish the race.
Some additional reminders:
CHC has already registered you for the
event (unless you told us otherwise).
Drink lots of water today
Bring a water bottle for immediately after
Wear your City Honors Crew t-shirts. If you do not have one, wear your City Honors
School t-shirt or the t-shirts you designed with coach Catherine.
Your race is scheduled for 1pm, please plan
to arrive at 12. This will allow you
time to see the competition set up upstairs, allow you to warm up and stretch
prior to your race.
We will begin our warm up in the erg room
Stroke rate during a race is totally in
your control. However, coach Julia
and I want to make sure we reiterate that you not hurt yourselves. At your age and current stage of development,
extremely high stroke rates can be physically harmful. We ask that you please focus on control &
Because you are new to the sport of rowing,
your race will be 500 meters compared to the 2000 meters varsity will be
rowing. So parents, have your cameras
ready - it will be fast!
We are very excited about tomorrow and wish
each and every one of you the best of luck!!
This weekend marks the beginning of ERGATTA season!
The Crusader Erg Challenge is this Saturday, February 1st at 9a.m.
& this Sunday, February 2nd is the Canadian Indoor
Rowing Championships. For those who registered for the Crusader
Challenge, I have attached a list of competitors in each of your events.
Please note, that some of our athletes were entered in the incorrect
category. I reached out to regattacentral.com and had you moved to the more appropriate
Most of City Honors Crew Coaches will be in attendance
at the Crusader Erg Challenge. So there will be plenty of coaches to help you
with the process. Additionally, this ergatta would be a great opportunity
for our coxswain to get one of their three required ergattas before spring.
There is a coxswain dash if you chose, but we also have 21 CHC athletes
competing who will need your motivation!
Competing in a 2K rowing event is no easy feat and
your scores will help your coaches in creating spring line-ups. Since,
for some, this is your first ergatta, there are a few things you should know:
· You are representing City Honors Crew. Please
conduct yourself in the spirit of good sportsmanship.
to your competitors before the race, wish them luck etc. Remember, without
them, there is no competition!
shake hands with the rower on each side of you at the end of the race. Look
them in the eyes, and congratulate them on a great race or good job.
you place and/or win, it will be exciting, but save screaming for when you get
· You should wear your City Honors Crew tank and
black compression shorts to compete.
· Arrive early to allow for check-in.
· They will have a set of ergs to use for warming up
prior to your race.
enough time to warm up for 10 minutes on the erg and do a complete stretch
prior to competing.
enough sleep the night before.
· BRING A WATER BOTTLE. Dehydration will impede your
· Hydration begins today.
not wait until tomorrow morning to try and hydrate.
plenty of water today and this evening.
a 2K dehydrated is NOT fun.
· Don’t drink a gallon of
water the morning of your race. Not only will chugging too much water before a
race leave you feeling bloated, but it will also dilute your electrolytes.
o 16 ounces of water two to three hours before the
start, gives your body time to process extra fluid.
· Eat a high carb meal tonight
o When you eat a bowl of spaghetti, most of the
carbs are stored as glycogen in your muscles and liver. Glycogen is your body's
most easily accessible form of energy.
· Eat Breakfast two hours before your race.
nothing worse than doing a 2K with a full stomach – it’ll slow you down &
very possibly cause you to throw up by the time it’s over
· Bring a protein bar for after your race to help your
muscles in their recovery.
your competitors by wishing them Good Luck before
the race and shaking hands and congratulating them on a good race
after it is over
listed it twice because it’s that important
your Parents, the Officials and
Coaches by not talking when they are talking
yourself by giving 100%
effort during the race
· Just remember it is no more than 7-10 minutes of your
life - push through and above all else … Finish!
I saw most of our coaches last night and I can tell
you that we are very excited for this weekend and wish you all the best of
City Honors Crew always mirrors BPS closings. Since
BPS only canceled the middle school and requested all testing high school
students attend school today, technically, we should have practice.
However, I also understand some athletes families are not in favor of driving
in these very cold and windy conditions.
With that said, Coach Andy, Coach Mark and I have decided to
make this evening’s practices optional. Since all of our freshman are
just days away from their first ergatta, we want to give them every opportunity
to be prepared. So, yes, there will be a coach at practice tonight.
5PM – 6PM Old First Ward Community
5:30PM – 7PM LA Fitness
If there are any athletes(Varsity or freshman) who have not
been participating in winter training and would like to get a 2K baseline;
please feel free to join the freshman boys tonight at the Old First Ward
This Friday (1-24), coach Catherine, we will be taking team
pictures for the yearbook. Please plan to meet in the atrium at
2:45pm. Varsity & freshman athletes should wear their City Honors
Crew tanks and modified should wear their official City Honors Crew t-shirts
(not the ones we made, but the ones with the logo on them). The entire
process should only take about 20 minutes if everyone is on time.
For those varsity & freshman athletes not currently
participating in winter training, but will soon be concluding their winter
sport, you have three options:
You can join your team at LA Fitness during the
month of February. The cost will be $49 for just that month regardless of
what day in February you begin (I checked on this).
You can choose to wait until March 1st
and join the team at WSRC. March will be included in WSRC’s spring fees.
If you choose this option, I have attached some workouts for you to do on your
own at home or on the ergs at school.
You can choose to wait until March 1st
and join the team at WSRC. But, you can also join the team at the Old 1st
Ward community center to erg on any of the following times – just please check
with the coach to make sure there will be an available erg.
4-6pm with the modified group (bring headsets to listen to music – our modified
athletes are a whole lot of fun & it gets pretty loud & crazy!!)
(Contact Coaches Julia/Kim)
6-8pm with the varsity boys’ team (Contact Coaches Eric/Josh)
5-6pm with the freshman boys’ team (Contact Coach Kim)
4-6pm with the modified group (see note above because they’re even wilder on
Thursday) (Contact Coaches Julia/Kim)
11-1pm with the varsity boys’ team (Contact Coaches Eric/Josh)
Saturday 1-3pm with the freshman girls’ team
(Contact Coaches Andy/Mark)
For those athletes erging at the 1st Ward, we are still missing some of
your forms (copy attached). If you get to practice and don’t have
it with you, blank forms can be found onsite at the 1st Ward. Please
help your coaches out and let’s get these done. Thank you!!
Finally, ergatta season (2k erg race) is fast approaching
and deadlines for registration are around the corner. With the exception of our
modified athletes, registration is the varsity & freshman athletes
responsibility. Please be sure to register, as ergatta participation is a requirement for any
returning athlete this spring.
As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate
to text, email or call me.
a few quick reminders for this weekend:
team building event at Skyzone is tomorrow. This event is for all City Honors Crew athletes – modified,
freshman & varsity.
is located at 425 Cayuga Rd, Cheektowaga, NY
14225. Please plan to check in around 11:00. Our jump is
scheduled from 11:30 to 12:30 and they do not extend your jump time if you are
late. For those who have not been there before:
complete the attached waiver
i. Bring it with
you: SKyZone Waiver
ii. Or submit it
electronically: SKyZone Waiver
iii. Waivers must be
completed by a guardian in order to jump
can wear socks or rent shoes provided by the facility. You cannot jump
will be $8 - $10 per athlete depending on how many athletes we have at
you are not participating in winter training, but plan on participating in
spring crew, we encourage you to join the team. SkyZone is always a fun
event for everyone!
is the fundraising event hosted by Coach Josh - Salsa for Centaurs. Come
learn to Salsa & have a fun night dancing. Flyer and FAQs attached.
replaces all regularly scheduled practices on Saturday.
Honors Crew coaches will no longer be accepting payments at practice. We
ask that if you have not yet paid your CHC winter dues, that you please pay
online or via mail. Winter dues for CHC Varsity & Freshman athletes is
$125. Winter dues for modified athletes is $50. A list of those with a
balance will be sent out next week.
i. Please go to CHC
webpage with payment button
ii. Click on the donate
iii. Submit your payment
and list your athlete’s name and the season in the notes section.
Mark Church modified winter payment
submit via mail, please include your athletes name on the check and mail to:
City Honors Crew
651 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
Attention: Kevin Keane
always, if you have any questions, please feel free to call, text or email me.
forward to a great weekend!
to 90% chance of rain tomorrow, we have decided to move our modified team
building event to the ice rink located at 156
Tacoma Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216. They have
a public skate from 5:30pm – 6:30
pm. Since this is an indoor facility,
the rain will no longer be a factor.
Please plan to arrive early as skate rentals go fast.
Skating Fees are:
Age 5 - 17
Sorry for the short notice!
Winter Payment – Varsity & Freshman
you have not submitted payment for Winter Dues to City Honors Crew, please
remit today. Winter dues for CHC is $125. It can be paid online (the link
is on the homepage of our website) or sent to:
Honors Crew, Inc.
Delaware Avenue, #222
practices begin 1/14/14
First Ward Community Center
Tuesday and Thursday
14 through February 20th
$50 per athlete
participation in 2 ergattas with modified events
1-11-14 from 4:30-6:30 at Rotary Rink, 20 Fountain Plaza.
Cost is $8-$10
is a required form for anyone participating in winter training at the Old 1st
Ward. It is attached and titled, Youth Program Permission &
Demographic. Please bring it with you to your first practice. It
does require a parents signature. This is for all athletes, modified,
freshman and varsity.
for Centaurs – 1-17-14
Josh will be hosting a Salsa Event on January 17th to benefit City Honors Crew!
Please see the attached flyer for details. If you have any questions on
the event, please direct them to coach Josh at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you to
Coach Josh for coordinating what is sure to be a super fun event for all our
City Honors Crew Parents!
Fitness Cancellation Date
remember that cancellation for LA Fitness must be completed with thirty days’ notice. Since February only has 28
days, please be sure to submit your cancellation to Sheldon Shapiro before the
end of January. We will begin WSRC practice March 1st.
have a team event for all athletes on Saturday, January 18th at
SkyZone. This event will replace any scheduled practices for the day and
will run be from 11:30-12:30. Since we need to have a final count by
1-15-14, please text or email me whether or not you will be able to attend.
Ergatta Registration Deadlines
Registration day of regatta for additional cost
Freshman & Varsity athletes need to register online
Canisius High School, 1180 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY
Off to Buffalo
registration additional charges
& Varsity athletes need to register online
athletes do not need to register for this event. It will be done on your
Freshman & Varsity athletes need to register online
There are 4
minute youth events for 12 & 13 year olds. However, this event is in
Boston and not required for our modified athletes.
Boston U. Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA
Freshman & Varsity athletes will register upon arrival
athletes do not need to register for this event. It will be done on your
Old 1st Ward Community Center
always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call, text or email
For referenced documents, please email email@example.com
To the men of City Honors --
This is just a reminder that Thursday's practices start at 6am.
We'll be doing what we missed today (shoulders & legs). Get some good rest
and I'll see everyone bright and early.