Frequently Asked Questions 

Here are some common questions people ask when considering joining the team. If you have one of your own, email us at crew@xavier.edu and we will answer it the best we can!

 

What is Crew?

Pretty much the best sport around! In the United States, rowing is commonly referred to as crew.

 

Why Should I Row in College?

Dedicated. Competitive. Team Player. Hard Working. Time Manager. These are just some of the qualities that describe rowers, and guess what? Those are exactly the same qualities that employers and college admissions are looking for in a well-rounded individual. And instead of saying that you have all of these qualities, rowing shows that you have them. It's also a great way to stay in shape, meet cool, new people, and travel around America all during your college career! 

 

I?ve Never Rowed Before? Can I Join?

You sure can! In fact, most people are exposed to crew for the first time in college, and now is the perfect time to get started. You will be surrounded by peers that have never sat in a racing shell before, and after a few weeks, you will compete in regattas (boat races) with novices (new rowers) from other universities and rowing clubs. Really, there is no better time to learn!

 

How Do I Sign Up?

Look for our table during Club Day on the Yard, which occurs during the start of each school year, and be sure sign up for team! Our table is hard to miss, and is usually the one surrounded by a mass of students. You will also need to have various papers filled out before the start of each season, and it is highly advised to take care of this before the start of the school year. For more information about the actual process and links to these papers, check out the "Joining the Team" section in the menu bar.

 

Where Does the Team Practice?

Practices are held at Shelter Cove Marina on the Little Miami River, which connects to the great Ohio. It's just a short twenty minutes away from campus, and an absolutely a great place to row. In fact, the Little Miami is recognized for its beauty by being a member of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. When the weather turns for the worse or it's just the winter season, practices are located on campus at Xavier's Armory. Our ergometers (rowing machines, commonly referred to as 'ergs') are located here, and Schmidt Fieldhouse is just a hop, skip, and a jump away that provides additional space for other rowing related exercises. 

 

What Should I Pack for Regattas?

Rule of thumb, if it's any type of weather, then it will probably happen at a regatta. Here is my Regatta Survival Kit and it hasn't failed yet! 

·      Jersey

·      Boathouse/Rain Jacket

·      Extra pair of shoes

·     Trash bags for wet clothing

·      Socks, socks, socks

·      Money for food and T-shirts

·      Study materials

·      A filled water bottle

·      Snacks

·      A set of clothes to change into after the race

·      Newspapers (if you stuff them into wet shoes, they will dry much faster)