Crew tryouts process?

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by Bellatrix, Jul 9, 2014.

  1. Bellatrix

    Bellatrix New Member

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    I am interested in the process of how the MIDN try out for a sport...can anyone shed some light?

    My son (currently a plebe, 2018) was contacted this spring by the crew coach, even though he has never been on a crew team! I think the coach looked at DS stature (height/weight, HS sports stats) and thought DS has the "wingspan" to be a decent rower. Do all tryouts occur during plebe summer, or closer to the season? From the Navy Sport website it looks like crew competes year-round, and there is a "freshmen" and "varsity" roster, but not much additional info is provided. How does this work - for crew, shooting sports, and maybe other sports in general (if there is anyone else out there wondering...)

    Thanks for any input!
     
  2. cajost

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    My daughter is RA for crew. It is a great sport!

    You are correct in your thinking that the men's coach more than likely looked over the plebes height and weight and is reaching out to them.

    (This is my thinking) For Crew, if he ends up doing really well when he learns he should be one of the young men on the freshman team. And sometimes they are rock stars and by then end of their Plebe year they might even row in a varsity race in one of the lower boats. Great experience.

    Did you go to the rowing meeting they had on June 30 (night before I-Day) at the boathouse? If not, it was a great meeting. First, Crew had the highest overall GPA of all the sports teams last year (evidently it is so close they go into several decimals) Second, the coaches really are awesome. The head Coach for the Women's team straight up said, "You are here to get an education and that is the priority. I control your time during practice and I will tell you to spend that time with your teachers if needed." Third, at the boathouse they call each other by their first names.

    As a parent I walked away all warm and fuzzy. :thumb:

    Knowing the USNA, especially today (verses a couple decades ago) I am sure that all the teams coaching staff is on the same page.
     
  3. Ex.BT.USN

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    I can assure you he will get the most intense workout he has ever experienced. Tell your son not to be concerned with not knowing how to row at some crazy level the coaches will teach him and they do not have to work on breaking bad habits he learned from high school. I know of the coaches at the Academy, they are very good he will be rowing within an hour of sitting on his slide.

    +1 to the GPA...this has occurred at a lot of schools. The crew team that my DS was on had 26 kids that where on NHS and the GPA has always been the highest in the school since it began.

    Great sport, hard work, and the boat house is great for Plebes to decompress.

    There is a story to be known about the name on the MV1 Empacher.
     
  4. currey

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    Tell your son to go for it. Great coaches, awesome sport, absolute best teamwork training you can get to work together in a V8+. Don't be concerned about not knowing the sport as that will come, just be ready for some intense workouts like no other.
     

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