Advanced Program

Advanced program is open to rowers who want to compete. Participation necessitates a more rigorous commitment of time, training and money than other BCR programs.

Schedule (all times are ‘at the gate’ times)
Tue, Thu at 5:15am-7am
Sat at 5:30am-7:30am

We will focus on Boulder Sprints, Dillon Challenge, Head of the Wolf, Head of the Charles (HOCR), Head of the Lake (Seattle), and Masters National races.

This program will require purchase of a Boulder Community Rowing jersey in addition to program fees.

The first day of each session will be an organization meeting only (no rowing). The coach and participants will discuss goals, candidate regattas including estimated costs per rower, line-up selection process, Race Captain selection, etc. Goal is to commit to specific regattas by the end of the second week (team meeting with coach).

For regattas requiring overnight travel, travel and accommodations are the responsibility of each participant. Additional group costs for entry fees, equipment rental, coach and cox travel, etc will be determined by the group.

Members may choose to self-organize and participate in additional regattas, if it doesn’t interfere with the Racing program.

All BCR members are welcome to attend races throughout the year. Members rowing in Experienced or Novice who wish to race may arrange and pay for separate racing coaching outside of the scope of their programs. Any member can assemble a team to participate in any race with club equipment in accordance with club by-laws. However, Racing Program members receive first priority of equipment for target races once each Racing session determines those.

Integrated racing programs – coaching focus: Advanced Sculling and Sweep Racing may go out together on some days when they are both in session. The programs will get the same workouts on these days they are on the water together.

During the first week of sessions, the program coach will confirm each rower’s fitness and skill level are within the range of the broader group. If the program coach determines an individual rower’s fitness or skills aren’t sufficient for the group, they will not be able to participate and will receive a full refund for the program.

Rowers who participated and raced in the previous session have the option to take off all or part of the first week of the following session for rest. In this case the first week’s practices do not count towards the maximum absences. They must inform the Racing coach ahead of time if they elect to take rest the first week.

HOCR is scheduled for Oct. 21-22, 2017 near Boston, MA. Entry to this race requires winning a new entry in the selection lottery (late August/early September). The racing coach will determine which events to enter in the lottery and work with the HOCR Race Captain to place those entries.

Members must inform the Racing coach no later than two (2) weeks prior to HOCR submission deadline of their interest to compete for a BCR programs HOCR bid – either lottery or Womens’ Club 4+. The club will advise all members of this deadline via email and website. BCR HOCR boat lineups will be determined during the first week of September when results from the HOCR selection lottery have been announced. Once the HOCR lineups are determined, the coach will balance the needs of the group as equitably as possible between HOCR, other regattas and any participants not rowing in the regattas when determining lineups for practice.


– Attendance is required for Racing participants. If rowers choose to attend any regattas in addition to the target race(s) that the group decides to compete in, those days away count against the maximum number of absences allowed.

– Because attendance is required for Racing rowers, rowers must communicate known absences or extenuating circumstances (e.g. injury, illness, family emergency, work travel commitment) to the coach as soon as possible. To enable the race coach to plan race lineups, all rowers are required to indicate their availability for the upcoming week to the coach via email, phone or web, depending on coach’s preference.

– Each Racing session must have at least nine (9) participants. If there are less than 9 participants, the Programs Committee will evaluate and decide on the best course of action to address the need for coaching and the challenge of a small number of participants. This may entail truncating the program, combining with Experienced for a portion of the time, and/or other solutions. If a Racing session is truncated, rowers who want to pursue a different option will be offered a refund for the remainder of the session.

– The coach will provide a schedule of workouts for the program to participants early in the session. Each week will be comprised of technique and fitness workouts to meet the goal of building more proficient rowers ready for the races.

– If Racing members choose to have a coach present at a regatta and subsidize travel costs in full or part, the coach will be responsible for specific duties, as outlined in the coach’s contract.

– Coxswains are an integral part of the race team and are expected to participate fully in the program, committing to the practices and races just like the rowers. Coxswains are not required to pay membership, coach or race fees. Coxswains pay for their travel costs unless otherwise arranged with the session coach and racers.

– Race lineups will be determined by the session coach. This will usually translate into A, B, and C boats based on skill, speed, ability and age. Selection criteria for lineups will be established by the coach and made available in the first week of each session. Erg tests, rowing technique and seat racing may be used by the coach to evaluate rowers in determination of lineups. All rowers will be expected to participate.

– Since head races are longer and there are fewer combinations of rowers and races compared to sprint races, head racing session rowers can expect to be boated more often in their racing configurations than in the sprint session.

– The “no ringer” clause: Racers cannot be solicited from outside the Racing program unless discussed and agreed upon by the coach and racing members due to unusual circumstances (i.e. illness, injury).

– One participant in each session will be designated as the Race Captain, who is responsible for organizing aspects of the race that are not the coach’s direct responsibility.

– BCR members are welcome to race independently from the Racing Program with several restrictions for limited entry races. If a race has limited entries and the race is one of the races sponsored by the Programs Committee, independent rowers may submit non-guaranteed (lottery) entries for any available slots after the Racing Program has determined its lottery submissions for the race. All guaranteed entries earned under the BCR name, whether earned by a racing boat or an independent boat, will be available for the Racing Program to fill for the following year. If the Racing Program decides not to use a guaranteed entry, a self-organized crew may use the entry for that year.  If more than one self-organized crew is interested in using either a non-guaranteed (lottery) or guaranteed entry that the Racing Program decides not to use, the self-organized crews will race each other to determine which crew earns the entry. If an independent crew wishes to retain control of their entry, they must race as “unaffiliated” or under another banner. The Racing Program coach is required to notify the club of planned entries within one week of the registration deadline.

– All crews must meet the rules and requirements of the regatta in which they are rowing in order to race under the BCR name.


– Participants must pay applicable membership and fees prior to participation in programs or use of club equipment. Contact the club Treasurer if you want to set up an extended payment plan. The Treasurer or their designee will provide a member list to program coaches prior to session start dates to determine who is program-eligible.

– Scheduled sweep programs are divided into concurrent sessions so that members can move fluidly between all programs at the end of each session. The exception is Novice and LTR programs which are scheduled separately from Experienced and Racing. However, opportunities for Novice members to join Experienced part way through a session are available. Program fee will be pro-rated.

– All groups will have access to equipment, coaching, coxing and other resources based on the club’s equipment policy. (

– Extra rows and additional water workouts can be organized by any member with or without a coach, provided they ensure their resource requirements do not conflict with other programs. Self-organized rows must comply to the club’s Equipment and Safety Policies.

– Sculling programs have priority for sculling shells. On any given day if there are sculling shells available that have not been reserved by a member, a sweep program coach may choose to use them.

– If deemed necessary by a coach and/or the Equipment Manager, periodically (but generally not more than once every two (2) months) an equipment maintenance session will replace on-the-water practice. Sweep and sculling rowers may not have advance notice of this and will be expected to participate in needed maintenance activities.

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