Competitive “Comp” Squad

This program is ideal for those who want to train and race at local, regional, and national regattas. Racing is not mandatory for this program but, as the title implies, this program is “competitive” in that lineups and boating selections are organized with the explicit intent to field the most competitive boats.
The “Collegiate All Stars” will be included with the comp squad.


(all times are ‘at the gate’ times)
April 30 to May 26 and September 6 to October 26:

Monday, Wednesday:  5:15 a.m. to 6:45 a.m.

and Saturday:  5:45- 7:45 am

May 28 to September 1:

Monday, Wednesday:  5:00 to 6:45 a.m.
and Saturday:  5:45- 7:45 am


Vee Platzer. If the number of participants is 18 or more, there may also be an Assistant coach.


Must have completed novice sweeps program


To participate a person must be a member, who has paid both the Basic Membership Fee and the Equipment Fee. The basic price for the Competitive Squad is $140 per month.
A member may also pay $625 for the entire season. This represents a 20% discount.

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.

Sign up for programs at RegattaCentral.



– 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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