Frequently Asked Questions

Common Questions

Where do we row?

The boathouse is located on the Middle Branch of the Patapso River. Transportation is not an issue, because the rowers meet every morning on campus and carpool to practice. If you do not own a car, there are plenty of rowers who do. You can see the map, or get directions to it from mapquest.

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What time is practice?

We practice from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The team meets in front of Susquehanna at 7:10 p.m. to carpool to the boathouse.

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What if I have never rowed before?

No experience necessary: Most people who take up rowing in college have never rowed before. - What this means in general is that, because everyone is taking up the sport for the first time, any collegiate team, if it works hard enough, can win. - What this means for UMBC is that our coaches teach with the assumption that all our new recruits have never rowed before. If you have rowing experience, we will put it to good use. But if you have not rowed before, you need not worry. We will have you rowing competitively in just a few weeks.

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What if I am not in shape?

The Crew is a club, and everyone is welcome. Rowing, however, is a demanding sport. We are a competitive team. If you are not in shape, we will get you in shape. If you are in good shape, we will get you in better shape.

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Does size matter?

There are lightweight and heavyweight subdivisions, so, no matter how tall or short you are, there is a seat for you.

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Will I get to race?

The UMBC Crew has no "bench." Everybody rows, everybody races. You row - you will race.

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With whom will I be rowing?

You will be rowing with people of like talent and fitness. If you train hard, and work at rowing, you will be grouped with athletes of similar talent. Our best rowers are seated in our best boats.

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What if I have health problems?

Rowing practices take us into the Baltimore Harbor, a long way away from medical help. If you have a health issue, it is your responsiblity to let the coaches know, and to take precautions. For example, if you have athsma, you must notify your coach, and bring have your inhaler with you at all times.

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Who steers the boats?

In each boat, there is a seat for the coxswain. It is this person who steers the boat and commands the crew. Much like a race car driver, the coxswain's job is to steer a good course, and to know when to call for speed. Generally, most coxswains weigh about 110 - 130lbs, and the seats are designed with this size in mind.

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What is listproc, listserv or list?

Listproc, listserv are mostly referred to as the list and this is an e-mail exchange system. When you subsribe to it, you can send e-mail to all the members of the team, and receive e-mail from all the members of the team

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How do I subscribe to the list?

From the Personal section of myUMBC you can click on the "MyUMBC Mailing Lists" link under the Email Info section. From here you should go to the Index of Lists section, scroll down the page and click on the link for "" Under the List Operations section, choose "Subscribe" and you should be able to complete the process of being added to the Crew's listproc.


you can Compose an email to the address leaving the subject blank (as it is ignored) and in the message put just this one line:

sub crewclub [Your Name]

replacing [Your Name] with your actual name. You should recieve confirmation that you are subscribed within a few minutes.

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How do I unsubscribe from the list?

To unsubscribe, send an e-mail to and put "unsubscribe" in the body of the message

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Okay, I want to join the team, what do I do?

If you would like to join the crew team, you should first subscribe to the crew list, this way you will stay informed. For more information, feel free to contact any of the coaches or exec board members.

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