Can somone please tell me what when and where the "schoolboy nationals" are?
Is this the same thing as the Scholastic Rowing Association of America
Regatta, Mercer County NJ listed in the regatta calendar? may 27-28
-Is this the same thing as the Scholastic Rowing Association of America
-Regatta, Mercer County NJ listed in the regatta calendar? may 27-28
When I was competeing in high school, both the schoolboy nationals and the
Scholastic Rowing Association of America Regatta were the same thing. The
nationals label was what it was commonly refered to as.
George Mason Crew
> Can somone please tell me what when and where the "schoolboy nationals" are?
> Is this the same thing as the Scholastic Rowing Association of America
> Regatta, Mercer County NJ listed in the regatta calendar? may 27-28
Coach, Gonzaga College Hs Crew
This sounds like a good idea. When I was in school, we simply had a bunch
of regional championships (Interschols for New England, Stotesbury for
The biggest arguments I heard back then against holding a national
championship were financial and time constraints. For example, Interschols
were in late May, shortly before the end of the school year. For nationals
to mean anything, they would have to come after the various regional
championships, therefore very late in May or early in June. They would also
want to attract the widest possible number of top crews from all the
regional championships. This would mean (most likely) a spot on the
East Coast. Therefore, if Gonzaga HS (which I am assuming is in Washington
state) were to be good enough to come, it would be quite a hassle getting there
- both in terms of expense and time necessary to fly over a few days early.
If the school year is not over yet, going such a distance would mean missing
classes. If the school year has ended, many students may have gone home or
away to summer jobs already. If one top crew could not come for one of these
reasons, it would cheapen the value of holding nationals. Sometimes, indeed,
a crew is not expected to win Interschols or Stotesbury or whatever, but
manages to do so. It seems to me that this crew should by virtue thereof have
a chance to race for a National Championship. But, it may not have expected
this, and may not be prepared financially or temporally to travel away in
early June for such a race. While at the Collegiate level, this can be
overcome through greater funding and an assumed greater commitment, I'm not so
sure if high schools can always muster what it takes to commit to a national
championship regatta, should they qualify.
I assume the same problems are still applicable today. If so, how are they
overcome? Does winning the "national championship" mean anything, or does it
just mean that the crew concerned was the fastest of the crews able to turn up.
What sort of turn-out do these nationals get, and can they count on the fastest
crews from each regional championship to automatically show up?
Just curious... and abroad.
Wolfson College (Oxford)