Contact us! You can talk to the rowers at school, all are very open to newcomers and want to help you join. Or, you can check the website for parent meetings and other functions to come and meet the rowers, parents, coach, and Board members. We will also be available at Lyman’s Club Night. If you have any questions you can Contact Us as well. Hope to see you soon!
What is the first year like?
As a novice, rowers will spend time learning the fundamentals of the sport - terminology, how to carry and care for the equipment, and of course, how to row.
What are the practices and races like?
Crew is a full year sport running from August through May and split into a fall and spring seasons. During the fall season, the focus is on developing cardiovascular fitness and increasing strength and endurance, while continuing to make technical improvement.
The spring season is our primary competitive season. As such, practice time is geared to technical refinement and specific race preparation. Competitions begin in January and continue through May, with practices held weekday afternoons and some Saturdays and competitions held most Saturdays throughout the spring season (check the schedule for more details).
Who can join LRA and how?
All academically and physically eligible students at Lyman High School are welcome to come out for the high school team. Any middle school students that are academically and physically eligible may join the middle school team. Dates for all meetings and forms for joining will be posted and made available here on the website.
Those who wish to join must complete and submit the following:
Florida Health Exam Form
Compliance with County's 2.0 minimum GPA requirement
What is LRA?
Lyman Rowing Association was started as a small rowing team in 2005 as a club sport at Lyman High School. We have grown through the years from barely filling a four person boat to last year having 4 high school eights, 2 high school fours and 3 middle school eights. All of which competed and earned top medals at numerous regattas.
As a club sport at Lyman High School, the team members provide the financial support for the team and its activities (racing, travel, purchasing equipment, coaching, etc.) by way of monthly dues, fundraising and community, corporate and individual donations.
LRA is a non-profit 501c3 tax exempt organization made up of rowers, parents, and coaches. As a 501c3 organization under the IRS codes set forth for charitable organizations we are allowed and will provide each sponsor with a (tax decuctile) letter of support noting their generous donation to the athletes of Lyman Rowing Association.
What is Crew?
Rowing is a sport where team members (the Crew) row a lightweight boat, called a shell, as fast as it will go. At LRA, either four or eight rowers, each with a single oar, power a shell, which is steered by a coxswain (pronounced cox'n).
Success is measured not by the ability of one or two superstars, but by the willingness of everyone in the boat to work hard and in unison. Learning to make a boat go fast takes time, dedicated training, and both physical and mental discipline.
As a parent once put it, "The beauty of Crew is that you do not have to be a behemoth or 'natural athlete' to excel. It is a sport where dedicated training, good coaching, and teamwork all come together. Balance and precision are much more valuable than brute strength. It also has become a great sport for females. A great opportunity for college scholarships. And finally, it is a beautiful sport to watch. A bunch of healthy and happy kids who are proud of what they are doing is wonderful to see. And it is a 'sport for life'. Once it is in your blood, either as a Crew member or a parent, it does not go away."