Tab 16 - Rowing Terminology and Acronyms
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Acronyms and Terms Related to CrewTab 16
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Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association11/06/17
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501(c)(3)The section of the IRS Tax Code governing tax exemption for a non-profit origination
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ACBAAnacostia Community Boathouse Association
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ADAthletic Director or Activities Director (usually of a high school)
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AnacostiaThe Anacostia River, DC. The boathouse is east of the Sousa Bridge on M Street, SE.
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BCCBethesda - Chevy Chase HS
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BladensburgThe Maryland State boathouse at the end of the navigatable part of the Anacostia River.
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BODBoard of Directors, the VASRA Governing Board
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BoostersThe term used to identify team supporting organizations (usually parents).
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Bull RunThe NVRPA regional park/marina at the west end of the Occoquan Reservoir (Old Yates Ford Rd).
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C.R.A.S.H-BCharles River All Star Has-Beens, the Boston Association running the CRASH-B Erg Sprints in Feb.
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CCCoaches Committee
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CCCrew Council - the VASRA governing body made up of the member school ADs
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CentersThe time in minutes between sprint race starts. Usually 10, 8, 7, or 6 for VASRA regattas.
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CharlesCharles River, Boston, MA
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ChaseThe term sometimes used in a regatta title (e.g., Occoquan Chase, one of the GMU regattas)
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CooperCooper River, Cherry Hill, Camden County, NJ
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CPRCardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation
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CrabLoss of oar control when the blade enters the water at an angle and is driven straight down.
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CRCACollegiate Rowing Coaches Association
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DLOCDistrict Local Organization Committee. Now used only for the Charlie Butt regatta.
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DSADirector, Student Activities (new title for Athletic Director and many schools)
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EARCEastern Association of Rowing Colleges
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EAWRCEastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges
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ECACEastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (IRA, EARC, EAWRC, ECAC-NIRC, Patriot League regattas)
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ErgErgometer, the rowing machine made by Concept used by just about everyone worldwide.
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Erg SprintsErgometer competitions run in the winter. Individual times determine the winners.
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FISAFederation Internationale des Societes d'Aviron (the International Rowing Association)
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FountainheadThe NVRPA regional park just to the west of Sandy Run.
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GDSGeorgetown Day School
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GMUGeorge Mason University
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GWIGeorge Washington University Invitational regatta, Potomac, normally the first weekend in April.
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Head RaceA conditioning, distance race run against the clock. Usually 2.5 to 4 miles with turns. Run in the Fall.
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Hens & ChickensThe group of rocks (some submerged) at the Potomac bend about 2000 meters west of Key Bridge.
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HOTCHead of the Charles (October)
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HOTOHead of the Occoquan (November), Head of the Ohio (October)
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IRAIntercollegiate Rowing Association (Columbia, Cornell, Navy, Pennsylvania, Syracuse)
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IRAsIRA Championship Regatta - the men's collegiate national championships
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IRSInternal Revenue Service
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LDOLaunch driver orientation
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LDTLaunch driver training (orientation)
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LOCLocal Organization Committee (the people and infrastructure support for a regatta)
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MACCCMid-Atlantic Collegiate Crew Championship (GMU regatta the first Sunday in May on the Occoquan).
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MathewsEast River, Mathews, VA (Great Neck)
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MercerLake Mercer County Park, Princeton, NJ
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Mid-Atlantic Erg SprintsErg Sprints run by TC Williams Boosters as an annual fund raising event (usually the first Saturday in Feb)
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MOUMemorandum of Understanding
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NationalsThe short term used for the SRAA Regatta held on Memorial Day Weekend.
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This is the Scholastic National Championship, distinguished from the Youth National Championship for club teams.
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NCASRANational Capital Area Scholastic Rowing Association (VASRA predecessor 1999-2008)
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NCCNational Capital Championships, discontinued after 2007
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NCSNational Cathedral School
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NOVAs
Northern Virginia Scholastic Championship Regatta (VSRC predecessor 1949 - 1997)
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NVRANorthern Virginia Rowing Association (VASRA predecessor 1979-1986)
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NVRPANorthern Virginia Regional Park Authority
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NVSRANorthern Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association (VASRA predecessor 1986-1999)
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Occoquan Regional ParkThe NVRPA park east of Sandy Run across from the town of Occoquan below the dam.
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OLOCOccoquan Local Organization Committee.
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PBCPotomac Boat Club. On K Street just west of Key Bridge, NW, D.C.
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Petite FinalsRaces held for competitors that don't qualify for finals, but earn team points. Only in championships.
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PotomacSometimes referred to as Georgetown. Course is from just below the Three Sisters to Washington Harbor.
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PSRAPhiladelphia Scholastic Rowing Association
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QuinsigamondLake Quinsigamond, Worcester, MA
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Referee CommitteeThe USRowing Referees governing body. Part of the US Rowing Association structure.
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RegattaThe term for a rowing competition with multiple schools. Ours vary from 3 to 9 hours in length.
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Rule BookThe Crew Council / VASRA supplement to the USRowing Rules of Rowing.
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Sandy RunThe NVRPA park dedicated to rowing (Occoquan). The principal competition venue in the local region.
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SchuylkillSchuylkill River, Philadelphia, PA (pronounced "skoo'-kil")
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SHOPScullers Head of the Potomac. A head race regatta sponsored by PBC, usually late September.
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SIRASouthern Intercollegiate Rowing Association
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Sprint RaceA 1000, 1500 or 2000 meter race, usually on a 4, 6 or 8 lane course. Spring and summer.
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Consist of heats and finals, or heats, semi-finals and finals (and sometimes petite finals).
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SRAScholastic Rowing Association (of America)
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SRAAScholastic Rowing Association of America
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St AndrewsNoxontown Pond, St Andrews School, Middletown, DE (Eastern Shore).
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Stotesbury (Stotes)The Stotesbury Cup Regatta, Philadelphia, usually the weekend after the VSRC.
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TBCThompson Boat Center. At the foot of Virginia Avenue and Rock Creek Parkway, NW, D.C.
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TeamUsually referring to a VASRA school rowing team
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THOTSThe Head of the Schuylkill (in October)
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Three SistersThe islands in the Potomac River about 1000 meters west of Key Bridge.
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USRAUnited States Rowing Association (the national governing body for the sport of rowing)
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USRowingUSRA
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VSRCVirginia Scholastic Rowing Championship (1998 to present)
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WCCWashington Canoe Club, next door to PBC on the Potomac. (But the building has been condemned.)
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Youth NationalsThe USRowing Youth National Championship Regatta held in early June (club teams).
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