Girls/Boys Varsity Program

 

The Girls and Boys Winter/Spring Varsity Programs are intensive and competition-oriented with practice five days per week and a full schedule of weekend regattas in April and May (Girls Varsity also has some additional Saturday morning practices during on-the-water practice prior to the regatta season). These programs are designed for athletes who have already completed a Spring season in the Novice program. Athletes continue to develop technical skills, achieve peak fitness, and compete in a range of boats including eights, fours and pairs in both lightweight and open weight divisions. In recent years, BLS Varsity squads have competed at the highest levels in state, regional and national events.

Who Should Register for Varsity

  • If you have rowed Varsity before, you remain in Varsity

  • If you started in Spring 2019 or earlier, and you are currently in 9th grade or above, you should register for Varsity

  • If you started in Spring 2019 or earlier, and you are currently in 8th grade, and you are a girl, you should check with Jasmine (jasmine@blscrew.org) and/or Hannah (hannah@blscrew.org)

  • If you started in Spring 2019 or earlier, and you are currently in 8th grade, and you are a boy, you remain in Novice

  • If you started in Fall 2019, you remain in Novice

  • If you are new to BLS Crew, you start in Novice

Practice Times and Locations

Indoor Practice Start Date: Monday 01/06/2020

Indoor Practice Time: Mon-Fri, 5:00pm-7:00pm (1)

Outdoor Practice Start Date: TBD, typically late March depending on weather 

Outdoor Practice Time: Mon-Fri, 5:00pm-7:30pm (2) with some Saturday 8:00-11:00am practices for Girls Varsity

(1) Meet at BLS ‘Loft’ area- near Athletic Director’s Office

(2) Meet at BLS Boathouse

Registration and Payment Deadlines

  • Registration Close Date: Friday 12/20/2019

  • Forms Due Date: Friday 12/20/2019

  • Payment Due Date: Friday 12/20/2019

 

Required Forms

All Varsity rowers must submit the required forms as PDF email attachments to registrar@blscrew.org before the BLS winter break starts. Forms can easily be scanned and emailed as PDFs using a free smartphone scanner app (for example, "Tiny Scanner" or "Genius Scan"). We will also be doing an experiment this season with Google Classroom to see whether that makes submitting forms easier. 

(1) For ALL Spring 2020 rowers: A Spring 2020 BLS Sports Clearance Form, obtained from the BLS nurses' office. A physician's school/camp form completed within the past 13 months must be on file with the nurses' office to get the Sports Clearance Form.

(2) For Spring 2020 rowers who did NOT row in Fall 2019: A concussion training certificate, obtained by doing the video training at http://nfhslearn.com/courses/61037/concussion-in-sports.

(3) For Spring 2020 rowers who did NOT row in Fall 2019: A signed Sports Safety Pledge. You can download the form from here

Fees and Financial Aid

  • Rowers Fees:  $750.00

  • Payment Options: See Spring Payment

  • Friends of BLS Crew is committed to ensuring that crew is affordable for all students and families in the BLS community. If you would like to request financial assistance for the crew program, please send an email to registrar@blscrew.org.

  • Payment is due Friday, December 20, unless a financial aid or payment plan arrangement has been made.

Registration

To start registration, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/44Q9hMRv9LHgJcCV7

Bus to Varsity Practice

For the past few seasons, BLS Crew has provided bus transportation to the 5 pm Varsity boathouse practices. Most rowers and families have felt that the bus is very helpful to allow rowers time after school for homework and extracurricular activities, and to avoid a long and complicated trip by public transportation at that time of day. 

To make this bus happen, we need a majority of Varsity families to make a $300 contribution to BLS Crew to fund it, in addition to the standard rower fees. At the same time, we understand that some families will not be able to fit this additional contribution into their budgets or will not contribute because their rowers do not use the bus. We also greatly appreciate that some families have offered to make a donation above and beyond $300 to make the bus financially possible. All rowers will be able to use the bus regardless of their family's financial contribution. THe registration form contains a question about your family's ability to contribute to the bus.