How to Apply to Upper River for Summer 2016
URBC is designed for serious rowers who are seriously interested in getting better over the summer. While there are no hard cut-offs for erg scores or experience levels, we provide the guidelines below. What is more important however, is the total package an athlete can bring: not just power-to-weight ratios and experience level, but coach recommendations, dedication to the sport, and maturity and ability to thrive in a small community of serious athletes. Everyone will race in multiple boat classes, multiple times at each regatta we attend.
Boys who have had success in past summer rowing programs have ranged from younger lightweights in the 7:10 range to graduated high school seniors headed to DI schools who are sub-6:20. Girls average approximately one minute higher. To make the podium at Club Nationals in sculling events (for instance) requires a significant amount of racing experience as well as excellent fitness. Power-to-weight is a consideration in scores, as is age.
For a class of 2017 athlete (since that is the most common type of applicant we get), we look for ergs on the lower range of the scores above along with several seasons of racing experience. Sculling experience is preferred, since we focus on small boats, but not required.
For Summer 2016, we will have a separate option for Under-17 athletes (those born in 2000-2002). There will be a four-week option, starting when camp begins but ending after Club Nationals, for both local and residential (out-of-town) athletes. If you are U-17, you will be automatically considered for the four-week option. If you are U-17 but definitely interested in the seven-week option, please let us know and we will consider it and have a conversation with you and your family about it.