Juniors Fall Season
The CIR Junior Program is a competitive team that strives to develop exceptional and balanced student-athletes. Fees cover regatta entries and go toward the purchasing of new equipment. Scholarships and payment plans are available; contact Bridget Burke for more information.
Prerequisites: No experience required, grade 8+, ability to attend practice 4 days a week
Fall 2018 Schedule and Pricing:
Aug 27 – Nov 3 M-Th 3:45 – 6:15pm ($350)
*Attendance expected at regattas*
Scholarships and Payment Plans
Scholarships and/or Payment Plans are available. Please contact Bridget Burke to discuss the need for either.
For questions, contact Coach Dane Sellers.
Fall Regatta Schedule
American Lake Fall Classic – October 14
Head of the Lake – November 4, Varsity Only
First Year (Novice) Competitive Juniors FAQ
When is the racing season?
Rowing has primarily two racing seasons, fall and spring. At Clam Island Rowing we break this into two training periods. Practices will run from the end of August until just before the holiday break in December. Practices start back up for the spring season in the beginning of January and will run until Regionals at the end of May. Attendance during these times is highly valuable. In order to compete, a high level of attendance is required.
We also offer a July and August summer programs which are great to participate in prior to starting the full team practices in the fall.
Can I just row one season, either fall or spring?
We recommend that rowers join in August and complete the full year until the end of May. However, if other commitments prevent you from doing this, attending one season is allowed. It must be noted that you will fall behind the pace of the other rowers who decide to row for the entire year.
Why don’t we go on the water during the first week of practice?
Because at CIR, safety always comes first! You need a solid knowledge and safety base before going on the water. In order to prepare you for lake time, the first few practices teach you the basics: safety precautions, the boat care routine, the rowing stroke, rowing terminology, and coxswain commands. You will also watch a required Rowing Safety DVD and practice the stroke on dock rowers.
What should I wear once we are on the water?
Spandex or athletic fit clothing works best! The snugger the clothing the better. Loose pants and shorts can get caught in the seat slides and loose tops can get caught on the oar handle. Bright colored clothing is also helpful as it allows the coaches to better see the rowers on the water. We row in all weather conditions except lightning and high wind, so be prepared with proper layers – NO COTTON!
What time are practices?
During the fall and spring seasons, practices are Monday – Friday from 3:45 – 6:15. Select Saturday practices will be announced at the beginning of each season and will be 5:30-7:45am. Be early! We will begin practice at the listed times. Tardiness delays our limited practice time and will end up slow the progress of all rowers.
What forms/paperwork is needed to start the competitive team?
You will receive all the required information in an e-mail once you register, but it is necessary for your athlete to complete the online USRowing Waiver, Float Test, and Athlete Code of Conduct.
What happens if I can’t make a practice?
Talk to your coach prior to any planned absences, and let the coach know through e-mail or text message if you are sick or have an emergency. Too many absences will result in removal from racing line-ups.
Will the first year rowers race?
All novice (first year) rowers are given the option to race at specific regattas. In the fall the races are around 5km and in the spring races range between 1-2km.
What is our racing uniform?
Racing uniforms are required and can be purchased twice a year through our Team Store order. You will be informed via e-mail when that time arises. You must purchase the following if you are going to race:
CIR Tank Top
CIR Long Sleeve
How will boats be chosen?
Selections will be based on some or all of the following criteria:
Raw and/or weight adjusted ergometer scores (6000 meters for the Fall season, 2000 meters for the Spring season)
Technical ability in the boat
Positive attitude, sportsmanship and general cooperative can-do spirit.
Meet Coach, Dane Sellers
My name is Dane Sellers. I started rowing in 2007 for Sammamish Rowing Association (SRA) in Redmond, WA. During my time at SRA, I competed in a variety of boats: Varsity 8+, Lightweight 8+, Quad (4x-), among others. After a successful rowing career at SRA, culminating in a 3rd place finish at the Youth National Championship Regatta in the Men’s Varsity 4x-, I attended Marietta College in Marietta, OH. In my freshman year, I raced in the Varsity Lightweight 8+ and the Varsity 8+. I continued to row in the Varsity 8+ for the remainder of his time at Marietta, competing at the Head of the Charles Regatta three times and other major races across the country, including the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia, PA.
During summers I trained at Seattle Rowing Center for the Pan American Games Trials, as well as with the Northwest Development Camps at The University of Washington. In the Summer of 2012, I competed in the Under 23 Lightweight Double, beating the Canadian National Team.
My coaching experience began in the summer of 2010 when I started coaching the Summer Novice Program at Sammamish. While coaching at SRA, I coached Junior Novices, Master’s Learn to Row, Master’s Novice Competitive teams, and Junior Competitive teams. In my final year at Marietta College, I was afforded the opportunity to coach for Marietta High School, where I helped lead the Men’s Varsity and Novice crews to one of their most successful seasons in the past five years.
Most recently, I piloted and launched an adaptive rowing program for individuals with disabilities at Sammamish Rowing Association in 2014.
I just graduated from Central Washington University and will be starting a new career as a Special Education teacher at Central Kitsap Middle School in a self-contained classroom. I am excited about this new opportunity to teach and coach. I cannot wait to be back out on the water and working with all of you.
Ready All! George Yeoman Pocock and Crew Racing
Ready All! George Yeoman Pocock and Crew Racing, by Gordon Newell, University of Washington Press, 1987.
The Book of Rowing by D. C. Churbuck
An excellent book on Rowing is The Book of Rowing by D. C. Churbuck, The Overlook Press, 1988. It is available through Amazon and other outlets.
It encompasses history, technique, and all the forms of rowing: collegiate, Olympic, youth, clubs, etc. Highly recommended!
Clam Island Rowing Drills
Masters Rowers look at the smiles
Concept 2 correct technique
Let this not happen to me
A bunch of drills
Racing start practice
Who we are is why we win
Mastering the sweep oar handle