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You are welcome to try the team for up to a week in the "open enrollment" time.  To do so, please contact Brad Keith)SICR.Registrar@gmail.comand



Welcome to the 2016 Fall Season!

                                                            Welcome to our class of 2020 Rowers!

This memo will help you and your player understand the structure and requirements of the club as well as opportunities for parents/guardians to get involved and support the team.

Rowing is a club sport at St. Ignatius College Prep and is operated under the organization of St. Ignatius Chicago Rowing, Inc., a nonprofit corporation managed by a parent board. The parent board works together with the SICP Athletic department and coaches. This year, Bob Fitzsimmons is the Board President and Jane Coyne is Vice President, together further supported by 14 other parent board members. Outside of coaching virtually all tasks involved in operating the Club are accomplished through the generous efforts of parent volunteers.

Please mark your calendar for our Annual Fall Parent and Rower Meeting on August 30 at 6:30 pm in the McLaughlin Room.  We look forward to meeting you all then to cover all of the information below and are eager to have you be a part of the rowing club during the season and welcome your input and ideas for the club throughout the year. 

Each rower is responsible for paying a club fee and a nominal US ROWING Membership fee in order to participate. Our registration takes place online and can be accessed by going to the Club’s website at

The fee for this season will be $1000 for all rowers. Scholarships are available; please contact our treasurer at for more information.  

New Rower information meetings are as follows:

           Boys Novice: Informational meeting August 10th at 3:00 pm in Tully Hall

            Girls Novice: Informational meeting August 22, at 3:00pm in Tully Hall

Prior to being allowed on the water* all new rowers need to either have

  1. Registered for the fall season or
  2. Turned into each respective head coach a waiver form and a swim proficiency form (**.No exceptions will be allowed to the aforementioned requirement.

   In season, both the girls and boys teams whether varsity, jv or novice practice at either the Firehouse and/or Crowley’s Boat Yard in Bridgeport depending on whether the practice is deemed a dry land practice (at Firehouse) or on the water practice (at Crowley’s).  The Firehouse is located across the school on Roosevelt just a bit west from Holy Family Church’s front door entrance.  We practice on ergs on the second floor.  Our on the water site is presently The Crowley Boat Yard in Bridgeport, approximately 2 miles from school and is accessed by our rowers off of Corbett street ( Take Archer to 8 South Corbett).  Please note Crowley’s is our temporary home while the Eleanor Street Boathouse is under construction.

The novice team uses a parent car pool for transport to the Crowley practice facility for after school practice and then again after practice to the train station(s).   Karen Lopez is our novice parent liaison and will be our point person to help our new parents understand these collaborative efforts.  It sounds like a daunting task but it is runs smoothly and we have been doing it as a Club tradition for 20 years. 

The Club anticipates that the Eleanor Boathouse will be completed by mid November and that our lease for shared use of the boathouse will be secured and will commence sometime after the 1st of the year.  The facility was designed by Jeanne Gang and will be owned by the Chicago Park District.  You can get a good  glimpse of  the new boathouse if you cross the Ashland Avenue Bridge and look to the south.  We are excited for all the new facility offers our rowing program.

For practice gear – the girls and boys typically wear athletic shorts and t-shirts in warm weather and supplement with additional gear for cooler weather.  Shoes are not worn in the racing shells so most rowers wear socks (which will get dirty) and slip on slides.  We do offer a team bag for purchase, which you will likely want your rower to have to store the mounting pile of gear your rower will obtain over time!

Uniforms are being finalized and uniform order placement information will be available at the Annual Fall meeting.  This year we are moving to online ordering with a deliberately short ordering period so please watch for updates.

We do several Regattas in the fall and more in the spring.  The fall schedule is near complete and will be available at our Annual Fall Meeting. The fall schedule will likely entail for new rowers 3 or 4 Regattas and more for select Varsity rowers.  The entire team collaborates with each other group to transport, supervise and feed our Rowers and care for our equipment and their families at Regattas.  These responsibilities are organized for each regatta through a volunteer signup effort managed via a signup genius link.  You will be hearing more about this at our meeting later this month.

If you have questions prior to our Annual Fall Parent and Rower Meeting on August 30 please feel free to contact either your head coach and/or our parent liaison Karen Lopez at


* The coaches will determine at what point the new rowers are ready for “on the water practice”.

**Please note swim proficiency tests are typically available at your local park district pool and or YMCA for a nominal fee and by appointment.