Spring Break 2020

March 8-14, 2020

Spring Break training is an essential jump start to the championship season.

While the lake may still be frozen in Manhattan, being able to row twice a day on flat water in the Texas sunshine provides the focus, intensity, and fun we need to launch our spring season.  This single week is the equivalent of 3 weeks of regular practice back home, so the team returns race ready with their sights on the USRowing Regional Championship at the end of the season in May and Nationals beyond that.

Plus trips to the zoo, Magnolia Market at the Silos, and living in the same hotel with your team for a week is the best team building I know of!

We row out of the Baylor Crew boathouse located on the Brazos river next to Baylor University, Waco, TX.

Expected Schedule

  • Thursday and Friday (Mar 5, 6) practices will be spent inspecting and loading equipment onto our trailer.
  • Saturday (Mar 7) The coaches will take the trailer down to Waco.
  • Sunday (Mar 8) the caravan of rowers and parent chaperones will travel to Waco.
  • Monday through Friday (Mar 9-13): Eat, Sleep, Row, Repeat.
  • Saturday (Mar 14) we’ll return to Manhattan
  • Monday (Mar 16) practice will be unloading and storing equipment.

A typical day during Spring Break…

  • Breakfast at the hotel around 7:30am. (How much time rowers allow for breakfast is up to them.)
  • Warmups and calisthenics at the docks next to Baylor’s campus at 8:30 to 9:00
  • Morning practice on water 9:00 to 11:30
  • 11:30 picnic/bbq lunch provided by parent chaperones
  • 12:30 sleep and/or team adventure
  • Afternoon practice 3:30 to 5:30.
  • 5:30 return to hotel for catered dinner
  • 7:00 free time–hang out, play games, do homework, or make use of the hotel pool.
  • 9:30 curfew (All rowers back in their own rooms.)
  • 10:00 lights out

The Great Northern Row to Mexico

Spring Break Thursday’s tradition makes our daily schedule slightly different. We’ll have an earlier and longer morning practice during which the team undertakes the Great Northern Row to Mexico–we’ll row as far up the Brazos as we can while alternating rowers.

Then, instead of an afternoon practice, we’ll do some local activity followed by dinner out at a local restaurant.

Cost

The whole trip will cost $450 per rower. This cost includes

  • transportation to and from Waco and all transportation during the week.
  • hotel rooms and breakfast.
  • lunch and dinners at Baylor.
  • dock fees.
  • equipment transportation.

It does NOT cover

  • food while traveling to and from Waco
  • the Thursday meal out
  • anything the rowers want to buy from Baylor’s campus store

Chaperones

We will have several parents as chaperones for this trip. This entails

  • providing a large vehicle like an SUV or minivan to transport rowers.
  • shuttling rowers back and forth between hotel and practice.
  • herding cats/managing rowers at the hotel and during off times.
  • gas, hotel, and meals at Baylor are covered (please keep your receipts).

Junior rowers from other teams

If you are interested in joining us on this trip, contact us here: juniorcrewmanhattan@gmail.com

If 4 -5 rowers from your team want to join, we ask that one of your parents join as a chaperone. Please let us know as soon as possible so we can work with you on these plans. Firm deadline to finalize hotel reservations is February 28.