WHAT IS BOONE CREW AND BRAVES ROWING INC. (BRI)?
Crew is both a varsity and a club sport. Like other varsity sports, rowers represent their school in competitions with other schools. Boone Crew is a member of the Florida Scholastic Rowing Association, the governing body for high school rowing in the state of Florida. FSRA is the host of Florida State Championship Regattas at the end of each season.
Boone Crew also competes with local rowing clubs not affiliated with schools. Clubs also compete in USRowing-sponsored regattas. USRowing is a non-profit membership organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the national governing body of the sport. To learn more, visit usrowing.org.
Braves Rowing Inc. (BRI) is the non-profit organization that supports the team and is comprised of rowers, parent volunteers, and coaches. All parties work together to donate time, talent, and resources to keep the team running smoothly.
WHO DO WE COMPETE WITH?
We compete with other scholastic varsity teams as well as club teams from around the state and region. Most regattas (competitions) are held in Central Florida, but our team has traveled to the Northeast and other areas to compete in Regional and National regattas.
Our novice rowers typically compete in a regatta or two in the Fall. Varsity rowers may compete in up to four regattas in the Fall. Fall regattas are long distances races called "Head Races."
The Spring season is busier with all rowers competing in up to seven regattas depending on how they place. These races are shorter distance, "Sprint Races."
DO YOU HAVE PROGRAMS FOR OTHER AGES?
We have a very successful Summer Program. We are also working to rebuild our middle school program and hope to have this up and running in the near future.
HOW DO I JOIN THE TEAM?
Visit the Registration page to find the forms needed to join the team. All athletes must be registered and cleared prior to participating in practice.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Rowers pay a $150 non-refundable registration fee to cover US Rowing membership and other administrative costs upfront. This will be billed upon submission of registration documents.
Membership dues may be paid annually, semi-annually (both with discounts) or monthly (approx $250) for the Fall and Spring seasons. Novice rowers will be billed for uniform and unisuit costs separately (approx. $150), as will rowers needing replacement items.
Additionally, each rower must have an annual entry pass ($30-80) for Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake purchased directly through the park office.
Regatta Fees range from $65.00 for in-state regattas and $200.00 for out-of-state regattas. Travel and hotel expenses are the responsibility of the rower.
See the Financial Commitment form in our registration documents for more detailed explanations of cost.
WHEN ARE PRACTICES HELD?
Practices are held at our boathouse on beautiful Turkey Lake @ Bill Frederick Park.
Practice begins at 3:00 PM, and concludes by 5:30 PM Monday through Friday (Wed.-2:00-4:30). Please arrive prior to 5:00PM as the park entry gate closes promptly at 5:00PM. Parents are responsible for their athletes transportation to and from practice, and we encourage you to engage with other BRI families to create safe and convenient carpools.
Saturdays are typically reserved for regattas, fundraising, volunteering and other team-building activities.
CAN STUDENTS SUCCESSFULLY JUGGLE SCHOOL AND CREW?
YES! Most of our rowers hold high GPAs and carry heavy AP course loads. Our coaches will work with any student athlete that may need extra help in order to ensure success. Crew teaches discipline and time management skills needed to succeed.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Braves Rowing Inc. was established in 1985 and is open to any Boone High School student who wants to row.
Rowing is a co-ed sport that combines full-body fitness with a recreational activity.
It requires minimum skills to achieve (you can learn to row in an afternoon) yet it will remain a challenge as you continue to improve.
People of all ages, sizes, and physical limitations can learn to row and achieve a level of accomplishment that is both physically beneficial and personally rewarding.
Athletes from other sports can find a home where they can continue to compete or work out safely. More than one football player, runner, basketball or soccer player has found a happy home in a boat.
Values, Role Models, and the Bigger Picture
Many parents like the fact that rowing strengthens a sense of duty and obligation to the team that is not as fully developed in other activities. An eight-oared crew can only go out if all eight rowers and the coxswain show up on time. Rowing reinforces the value of teamwork over an extended period for a common objective. Rowing teaches the value of deferred gratification and mental toughness. It teaches young people to go beyond self-imposed limits.
Rowing is FUN!
Let’s not over-analyze this. Rowing is fun! Just ask the kids who do it. They do it because it’s fun. They enjoy the sport and each other in a way that defies understanding. Our rowers have a broad range of interests, come from a range of backgrounds and experience, but they all love rowing!
See you on the water!
Registrar: Stephanie Miller
Hospitality: Sonica Cinami
Publicity/Media: Lilian Sherrard/Ana Murillo
Merchandise: Natalie Rogers
Boathouse/Equipment: Ed Lester
The best way to contact us is by sending an inquiry using our Contact Form below or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mailing Address: Braves Rowing, Inc. P.O. Box 560925, Orlando, FL 32856-0925
HAVE A QUESTION OR WANT TO HELP?
The BRI Board of Directors is composed of parent volunteers that are responsible for the day to day operations of the organization. The Board is elected by majority vote.
BRI BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President: Mark Drazek
Vice President: Angela Matusik
Secretary: Natalie Palinckx
Treasurer: Stephanie Miller
Program Coordinator: Tina Secor
BRI COMMITTEE CHAIRS
BHS SCHOOL SPONSOR
Monica Strange, Teacher of the Deaf
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Orlando, FL 32856-0925