Questions and Answers 


For native Arizonians rowing is an extremly uncommon sport.  Find answers to your questions below.


Where do we row?


All of our water practices take place on Tempe Town Lake out of what we lovingly refer to as our boathouse. We are located under the 202 on the South West corner of Mill and Washington, in the parking lot for the Marquee Theater (pictured below). We also hold land practices on the Xavier campus.


Do I need to know how to row before I join?

No! That's the great thing about rowing, we take everyone without any experience. We do offer learn to row sessions, followed by a "trial period" in August/September for people to try out our sport in a low key environment. Learn to row is not required to join the team. We also accept new athletes at any point during the fall and during the month of January. 


When do we row?

The Varsity team usually practices Monday-Thursday from 4-630pm at the lake, and Saturdays from 7-930am at the lake and either Monday, Wednesday or Friday morning from 6-7am at Xavier. (the schedule does change from year to year and season to season depending on what the coaching staff thinks is best for the team) 

The Novice team starts off with Monday-Thursday practices from 4-630pm at the lake. In the spring, Saturday's become mandatory for novice and Monday, Wednesday or Friday morning becomes optional.


What is a coxswain?

The great thing about rowing is that it doesn't exclude you if you are small. The coxswain has a large role to play in the development of a boat. They are in charge of steering, assisting in the running of practice and executing the race plan on race day. All coxswains will be expected to learn to row as well. 


Sweeping vs sculling

Within the past few years, Xavier has moved more towards sculling than sweep. Sweep rowing is when each rower in a boat has only one oar and sculling is when each rower has two oars. Our region is one of the fastest in the country for sweep rowing and we have been able to find a place with our smaller team in the sculling events of the 1x, 2x and 4x. Any time you see an x after a number, this denotes a sculling boat. A + put after a number means that is a sweep boat with a coxswain and a - after a number means that is a sweep boat without a coxswain. We are lucky to either own or have access to boats in all the different boat classes.


Can I row for TJC or TTLR in middle school?

Right now the rules of our region say that you can row all you want in middle school and still be a novice come freshman year. However as soon as you race at an official regatta (Desert Sprints counts!) then you have started your novice year which runs with the school year, not the calendar year. So if you race as an 8th grader and then move to Xavier Prep Crew as a freshman you would have to be on the varsity team. Our recommendation is that you do not race in middle school and keep your novice eligibility for Xavier so you can spend your freshman year bonding & racing with the novice group which will set you up better for your next 3 years. Please contact Coach Shannon if you have any questions about this.


Do you still have questions?

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