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Postponed or canceled schedules from the coronavirus this fall aren’t limited to the traditional sports.
Capital City Rowing’s racing season has been put on halt for safety precautions. However, the team is still working out together. They are practicing with restrictions to ensure health standards.
According to regulations from U.S. Rowing, the guidelines limit rowing to single boats (two-person boats from members of the same household) until the local rate of new cases drops below a daily rate of confirmed cases to 7.14 per 100,000 people.
CCR’s ability to hold practices is the result of a relationship with the Tallahassee Rowing Club.
This organization rose to the occasion by sharing racks. It also offered access to its fleet of single and double boats. CRR can also have intra-squad scrimmages and participate in a triathlon this fall.
"We are incredibly grateful for the support from TRC through this challenging time. This allows us to provide the best experience for our young athletes," CRR head coach Josh Baker said.
"This fall, more than any other season, is going to be a challenge mentally and physically. The senior leadership is keeping everyone together during the transition. Our roster is promising and they’ll be a lot of excitement for the spring."
Along with rowing drills, the student-athletes perform an assortment of exercises to strengthen their muscles and endurance. All boating activities are held at Lake Hall.
CCR representation on the high school level includes rowers from Leon High, Chiles, Rickards, Lincoln and Maclay. These athletes meet six times a week. Those in middle school gather for three days. There's also a mix of homeschooled rowers on this year's squad.
Rowers, the coaching staff and team officials are hopeful to resume a full season next spring.
"I check the numbers every day to see if it's gone down where we can get in team boats," CCR President Windy Taylor said.
"Our coaching staff and parents are committed to giving these kids an opportunity to compete even if it isn't a typical year. All the kids are looking forward to the spring. We're doing our best to rise to this challenge."
One of the prominent rowers is Chambers Miller. She is a senior at Leon High who hopes to compete in college next year.
Miller has been involved in the sport since seventh grade. As a veteran, she's leading the charge of hopeful enthusiasm with her teammates.
"My senior year isn't going how I thought it would. I can still go to practice and see my friends. We're not racing and that's a bummer. But we're still getting out on the water," Chambers said.
"It's all about making this year as fun as it can be. I'm emphasizing the message we're all experiencing this. We have to row in different boats. But there are still some good things that can come of this season. I encourage others to come to practice and to stay connected in the group chat."
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