NSU Crew banner

Demon Crew FAQs

Do I need experience to join the team?
Not at all. We have a Novice team designed for those with no experience and you will spend a year with this team learning the sport with many others who are also new to rowing. We also have a Varsity team for those who have rowed in high school or who have finished their novice year.

What regattas do we attend?
The team attends several regattas throughout the year.  They include the Chattanooga Head Race, Head of the Tennessee, Hobbs Island Regatta, Head of the Brazos, Louisiana State Championships, Heart of Texas Regatta, SIRA, Row Tide Regatta, John Hunter Regatta, Dad Vail Regatta, ACRA, as well as host the Marathon Rowing Championships and several home races.

What do I need to do to join the team?
There is a meeting Tuesday, September 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the President’s Room in Student Union. At the meeting we will hand out some paper work, talk about the team, and introduce the coaching staff and some current rowers. If you cannot make this meeting or have questions, please contact Coach Jason Stelly at 318.357.5921 or stellyj@nsula.edu.

Are there different "positions" on the team?
There are several different "positions" we are looking to fill. We need rowers for both our Lightweight and Openweight squads. We are also looking for Coxswains. Coxswains are an extremely important member of the team, who helps run practice, motivates rowers, steers the boats, calls the race plan, and other responsibilities. If you are less than 120 pounds, you may want to consider becoming a Coxswain.

How big is the team?
The team usually consists of 30-40 rowers.

Where does the team practice?
The team practices on Chaplain’s Lake on campus during the fall and Cane River Lake in the spring.

How long is the "rowing season"?
There are actually two rowing seasons. We begin training for the fall season in September and the races are referred to as Head races and generally are approximately 3 miles. When the rowers return to class in January, we begin training for the Sprint races. The majority of the racing and traveling occurs in the spring and the 2000-meter course is a slightly different format than the fall.

Does the Novice Team get to travel, too?
Yes. The team travels together to most regattas.  We will be traveling across the country from Knoxville to Philadelphia to Oklahoma City to Austin and race a variety of programs.

How much will it cost?
Almost nothing.  Each member is responsible for membership dues which run $100 a semester.  This covers all your travels expenses (hotels, gas, rental vans) except for food. 

Who do I contact if I have any questions?
Please do not hesitate to contact Coach Jason Stelly at 318.357.5921 or stellyj@nsula.edu.

Is it tough to fit crew into a busy college schedule?
Rowing is a time consuming sport, but with proper management it is possible to add crew to your college life. We work hard but we play hard too! Some of our rowers hold part-time jobs, many are honor students, and all would be happy to talk to you about how they balance rowing with college life. The rewards of rowing are, in the team's opinion, well worth the time commitment.  

How often do you practice?
Demon Crew practices 5 times a week-Monday-Friday.  Practices run from 5:00p.m.-7:15 p.m. on Mon-Thurs & 7:00-8:00 on Friday.  There is also an erg workout in the gym that rowers do on their own during the weekend.

What sizes and builds are good for rowing?
Our team is open to all shapes and sizes. Your attitude is more important than your body shape!

I’m sitting on the fence about crew. What should I do?
If you are worried about the physical demands, time requirements, or you're just not sure what this is all about; we encourage you to come to our recruitment meeting. There is no commitment required for your first few days of practice.

What is a coxswain? Can I be one?
A coxswain is the person who steers the boat, encourages the rowers, and acts as an on the water coach. Coxswains are usually of a smaller build (120lbs or less). If you are interested in coxing we would love to teach you about it! Come to practice and let us know.

What kind of people are you looking for?
We are looking for people with good attitudes, a willingness to learn, and a desire to be part of a unique and close-knit team. Athletic ability is very helpful but not absolutely necessary. Rowing is an extremely physically demanding sport, but the team is here to help you learn and develop your skills. NO PREVIOUS ROWING EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED. We'll teach you everything you need to know!