Dallas United Crew Novice Team First year rowers make up our novice team. They are introduced to the sport and taught proper form. Our novice team works out with the varsity team for an increased awareness of where they’re headed, as well as a strong sense of team camaraderie. They compete against other novice teams from around the country.
Dallas United Crew Varsity Team Rowers in their 2nd year and beyond join our varsity team. They continue to hone their skills, both on and off the water and are expected to set a good example of teamwork and dedication for the novice team. They compete against other varsity teams from around the country.
Dallas United Crew welcomes rowers from all Dallas metroplex High Schools. Below is a list of schools that have been represented:
Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy
Bishop Lynch High School
Cambridge School of Dallas
Dallas Learning Center
Episcopal School of Dallas
Hebron High School
Highland Park High School
The Hockaday School
J.J. Pearce High School
Lovejoy High School
North Hills Preparatory School
Parish Episcopal School
Plano East Senior High School
Plano West Senior High School
Pottsboro High School
Prestonwood Christian Academy
Ursuline Academy of Dallas
W.T. White High School
Woodrow Wilson High School
Dallas United Crew Middle School Program
We are very excited to announce the details of our spring middle school program. Rowing is a unique sport in that it does not have organized competition at the middle school level. Some teams allow 8th graders to row up onto their high school program but we believe this does a great disservice to the rower. During a rower's first year racing, they compete in a novice category against other first year rower's. For their second year, they move up to varsity and compete against all non novice rowers ages 13-20. As you can imagine, it can be very tough physically and psychologically for a 13 year old to compete against 18-19 year olds. For this reason, DUC has created our middle school program in a way that will allow rowers to grow and mature while receiving excellent rowing instruction in a friendly environment. We believe that this will allow them to have a positive and successful rowing career.
Why is the DUC middle school program unique?
Flexibility: We recognize the value of letting kids be kids. Among young rowers there are high priority events like birthday parties, soccer games, scouts, etc. We encourage these activities and have worked to create a practice schedule that accommodates them.
Longevity and Consistency: Dallas United Crew has operated for over 10 years making it one of the oldest rowing programs in the Central Region. We have a strong student membership, parent board and dedicated volunteers.
Coaching Staff: Our coaches are a big part of what makes our program so unique. They are committed to our rowers and have a long term outlook regarding their roles on the team.
Record of Achievement: DUC consistently finishes as one of the top teams in Texas and in the U.S. Rowing Central Region. Past and current members include State Champions, Regional Champions, High School National Qualifiers, and NCAA Collegiate Rowers.
Team Focus: We strive to develop a program for each rower based on their skill, age, and interest. It is our belief that rowing with Dallas United Crew develops many enduring life skills which include self discipline, sportsmanship, teamwork, nutritional awareness, confidence, responsibility, and time management.
Opportunity: Our middle school program is structured to build skills the rower will be able to use as they move on to high school and consider rowing on the DUC's high school travel team.
DUC Middle School Rowing Program details:
Practices: Wednesdays from 4:30-6:30pm and Saturdays 1:00-3:00pm
Dates: March 6 to April 17 (excluding March 13, 16 and 23)
Cost $320 (plus $20 for a team shirt if you do not already have one)
Rowing is a demanding sport both physically and mentally. It’s important to watch your nutrition, work hard on and off the water and manage your time. Here are some helpful tips to help you perform at your best.
As athletes, it’s important to give our bodies quality nutrition to fuel our bodies. From time to time, we will invite experts to speak to the team about proper nutrition for the student athlete.
Rowing with Dallas United Crew is time consuming – between practices and regattas, you’ll spend many hours a week with your teammates. To keep your head in the boat instead of worrying about all you have to do, it’s important to keep up with your schoolwork and other obligations. Here are some tips for managing your time effectively:
Keep a master calendar. This will help you keep track of what’s coming up. Put in all your scheduled tasks (school, practice, etc.), then block off time for homework. Look ahead to when tests are and papers are due so you can spread out the work over a few days instead of having to prepare all in one night. Don’t forget to schedule some down time and time with friends!
Use your study periods wisely, if you have them. It can be tempting to hang out with friends, but you’ll be ahead of the game if you knock out some of your homework or studying for a test during that time.
Use to-do lists. Don’t rely on your memory to keep track of what you need to do. Write down what you need to accomplish each day and cross items off as you complete them. If a particular task looks daunting, break it down into manageable parts.
Begin your study time with your most difficult subject so you get it completed while you’re still fresh. If you put it off until later, fatigue will make it that much harder to do.
Keep a book with you. If you find yourself with some unexpected down-time (waiting for carpool, waiting for the dentist, etc.), you’ll be able to use it.
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Dallas United Crew hosts several camps throughout the year to introduce newcomers to the sport of rowing, as well as a summer varsity camp for experienced rowers.
Camps consist of land training and water training. Land training consists of conditioning exercises (including body resistance exercises and aerobic exercise), as well as time on ergometers. Ergometers (also called ergs) are land-based rowing machines that simulate the rower’s action in the boat. Their purpose is to teach and perfect technique and quantify rowing skills. Water training is rowing in the club shells on the water, weather permitting.
Cruise the Lake
Saturday, April 6, 2013, 3-5 pmLocation: Northeast corner of White Rock lake. On E. Lawther Drive between Corinthian Sailing Club and White Rock Boat Club.
Please sign up for a one hour time slot: 3:00-4:00 pm (closed), 3:30-4:30 pm or 4:00-5:00 pm (closed); for Dragon Boating, 3:00-4:00 pm or 4:00-5:00 pm.
For questions, please email Coach Paige Love at
LEARN TO ROW CAMPS - NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
Middle School Learn-to-Row Camp
For upcoming 6th through 8th graders new to rowing.
The Dallas United Crew Middle School Rowing Camp is designed for 2013-2014 6th-8th grade boys and girls with little to no previous exposure to the sport of rowing. Come out to the lake with your friends and learn what rowing is all about! You'll learn water safety and become comfortable rowing a racing shell with your friends.
Session 1 - June 10-14 (1 week) - Mon-Fri, 9-11 am - Cost $150
Session 2 - July 15-26 (2 weeks) - Mon-Fri, 9-11 am - Cost $285
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High School Learn-to-Row Camps
For upcoming 9th through 12th graders new to rowing.
The Dallas United Crew Learn to Row Camp is designed for 2013-2014 9th-12th grade boys and girls with little to no previous exposure to the sport of rowing. You will learn the basics of water safety and become comfortable rowing a racing shell with your teammates. We will introduce you to the fitness elements of the sport and prepare you for team tryouts.
Session 1 - June 10-14 (1 week) - Mon-Fri, 9-11 am - Cost $150
Session 2 - July 1-12 (2 weeks) - Mon-Fri, 9-11 am - Cost $285
Session 3 - July 29-August 9 (2 weeks) - Mon-Fri, 9-11 am - Cost $285
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DEVELOPMENTAL CAMPS - FOR EXPERIENCED ROWERS
Middle School Developmental Camp
For experienced upcoming 6th through 8th grade rowers.
The Dallas United Crew Middle School Developmental Rowing Camp is designed for 2013-2014 6th-8th grade boys and girls with prior rowing experience. We will review technique and hone our skills while having fun on the water.
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9th Grade Developmental Camps
For experienced upcoming 9th grade rowers.
The Dallas United Crew 9th Grade Developmental Rowing Camp is designed for 2013-2014 9th grade boys and girls with prior rowing experience. We will review technique and hone our skills while preparing rowers for DUC tryouts in August.
Session 1 - July 1-12 (2 weeks) - Mon-Fri, 9-11 am - Cost $285
Session 2 - July 29-August 9 (2 weeks) - Mon-Fri, 9-11 am - Cost $285
High School Developmental Camps
For experienced high school rowers in entering grades 10-12.
The Dallas United Crew Summer Development Camp provides continued training for developing rowers. During our practices, we will review technique and develop aerobic ability. All area rowers are invited to attend this camp but you must have one semester of rowing experience.
Session 1 - June 24-28 - Mon-Fri, 6:30-8:30 am - Cost $150
Session 2 - July 1-5 - Mon-Fri, 6:30-8:30 am - Cost $150
Session 3 - July 8-12 - Mon-Fri, 6:30-8:30 am - Cost $150
Session 4 - July 15-19 - Mon-Fri, 6:30-8:30 am - Cost $150
Option - Sign up for all four weeks of the HS Dev Camp at the discounted price of $500 and have the option of traveling to and racing in the Philadelphia Youth Regatta on July 20. For more information, contact
Youth Learn-to-Dragon Boat - Grades 9-12
Session 1 - June 17-21 - Mon-Fri, 9-10:30 am - Cost $150
Session 2 - July 8-12 - Mon-Fri, 5-6:30 pm - Cost $150
Dragon Boat Family Days - Open to Youth and Adults
Saturdays from 9-11 am - June 16, June 29, July 13 & August 3
For information, contact
Adult Dragon Boat League
For information, contact
CROSSFIT SUMMER ROWER TRAINING PROGRAM
DUC is excited to announce CrossFit Lake Highland's Summer Rowing Training Program. This program is specifically designed for rowers and will not only maintain current levels of strength and fitness but increase them for next Fall season. This will not be like any erg training you have done before. With a mix of CrossFit and erg training, you will be ready dominate in the fall.
Details are as follows:
Session 1: June 17th - July 12th M-Th 4:30pm-5:30pm
Session 2: July 22 - August 15th M-Th 11:00am-12:00pm
$250 per session
This program is open to all rowers - DUC, Collegiate, and any others interested in increasing their rowing fitness over the summer.
We are also offering an Open Erg Session for those not doing the summer program for $30 per session (included in the price for the summer program rowers).
Session 1: June 17th - July 12th M-Th 4:30pm-6:30pm
Session 2: July 22nd - August 15th M-TH 11:00am-1:00pm
Email registration forms, waivers, and payment information to Kristen Barnett,
FALL TRYOUTS FOR DUC HIGH SCHOOL TRAVEL TEAM
Open to Novices for the Fall 2013 Season. No experience is necessary, but we recommend taking a camp prior to tryouts. All Dallas Area youth entering grades 9-12 are welcome!