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Buffalo River Rowing Club (BRRC)

Head Coach: Hilary Epes-Oballim Hilary.epes@gmail.com

BRRC President, Team Captain & Representative to the BSRA Board of Directors: Jim Sullivan hobgoblinjim@hotmail.com

 

This is an adult team for all levels of rowing. We accept adults from 21 years old and up from beginner to experienced. Our team is a mix of competitive and recreational rowers. Buffalo River Rowing Club Masters LLC is an associate organization under the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association Inc. umbrella. BSRA is a 501c3 nonprofit.

2023 Program Info will be available soon... stay tuned!

New to BRRC?

  • Please complete the Masters Application so our coach and team administrator can get to know you. Application can be found here (no payment here)
  • BRRC is accepting new rowers with no experience in January 2022 into the Novice team.
    • This team is an annual program.
    • After Registering for the 2022 BRRC Novice Team, please scroll down to Step 2 to pay BRRC Team Fee.

If you have questions if this team is right for you, please reach out to Hilary Epes-Oballim hilary.epes@gmail.com

Returning BRRC Rowers

Athletes returning for the 2022 season

Step 1:

Complete registration and pay annual dues

2022 BSRA Dues:

Option 1: $900 - Full year

Option 2: $775 - April to December

Option 3: $150 - January to April 1st

  • Discounts applied for:

-Paying in full

-U30 years old

- Partial and Full need-based financial assistance (deadlines: Feb 1st for Full Year Dues & April 1st for April to December Dues). Email Diane and/or Meg to inquire.

Payment Options:

1. Pay in Full: If you wish to partially pay with an Independent Health Health Extras card , please contact Mairead Manke at mairead@rowbuffalo.com to set this up.

BCBS/Highmark Wellness Cards - At this time, we are unable to directly process payments from BCBS/Highmark wellness cards. If you wish to use funds from your BCBS/Highmark wellness cards, please proceed with an alternate payment option and request a refund through BCBC/Highmark. 

Other insurance companies that have a wellness rewards program should be able to accept proof of payment and reimburse you.

2. Payment Plan: $100 Downpayment at time of registration and monthly installments start February 1st.

 

New and Novice Rowers

Rowers new to BRRC or new to rowing

Step 1:

Complete registration and pay annual dues

2022 BSRA Dues: 

Option 1: $700 - Full year

Option 2: $575- April to December

Option 3: $150 - January to April 1st

Please contact Mairead or Hilary at info@rowbuffalo.com if you are joining just for the Fall season as a new rower to BSRA.

$125 (novices)- September - December

$175 (experienced) - September - December

  • Discounts applied for:

-Paying in full

-U30 years old

- Partial and Full need-based financial assistance (deadlines: Feb 1st for Full Year Dues & April 1st for April to December Dues). Email Diane and/or Meg to inquire.

Payment Options:

1. Pay in Full. If you wish to partially pay with an Independent Health Health Extras card, please contact Mairead Manke at mairead@rowbuffalo.com to set this up.

BCBS/Highmark Wellness Cards - At this time, we are unable to directly process payments from BCBS/Highmark wellness cards. If you wish to use funds from your BCBS/Highmark wellness cards, please proceed with an alternate payment option and request a refund through BCBC/Highmark. 

Other insurance companies that have a wellness rewards program should be able to accept proof of payment and reimburse you.

2. Payment Plan: $100 Downpayment at time of registration and monthly installments start February 1st.

 

BSRA also offers private shell and kayak storage. Please inquire from Hilary or Mairead. None of the fees for BRRC overlap with Boat Storage, however the adult program dues (BRRC or Independent rower) are required in addition to shell storage fee.

Step 2

BRRC Team Fee

(This can be Step 1 if you want to be on the BRRC TeamSnap (our roster & communication system), but waiting for the On-the-water season at BSRA).

2022 BRRC Team fee = $250

This fee goes toward paying the coaches and adding to our equipment fund. This fee must be paid prior to attending practice. Once this is paid, you will be added to (or remain on)  the TeamSnap Roster. After 1/31/22, the roster will be edited to reflect those who are up-to-date on their team payment.

Payment Options:

1. Venmo (@brrcmasters - Diane Reedy) "pay a friend"

2. PayPal (brrcmasters@gmail.com) "pay a friend"

3. Check mailed to Diane Reedy 284 Wimbledon Ct, West Seneca, NY 14224, payable to BRRC.

For questions about the Team Fee contact our Treasurer, Diane Reedy at dreedy284@yahoo.com.

Fall Rowing only- $175 for experienced rowers & $125 for joining as a novice rower.

Other important information about joining BRRC: Practices are not mandatory. Athletes will use TeamSnap to sign up for in-person practices prior to 11am the day of an evening practice or 2pm the day before a morning practice. This helps Coach Hilary have adequate time make appropriate line ups or plan for indoor practice. We also use TeamSnap for our roster and primary communication relating to rowing and our team. For many, this is a social team and a close community of adults. 

Other ways BRRC members connect: BRRC Masters Facebook page (public), BRRC Community Chat FB Group (private), @brrc_masters_rowing instagram page and Strava group. Although there are a lot of apps to use, they have helped us stay connected and retain a huge team during the pandemic. We also have in-person team meetings once a season to go over BRRC & BSRA updates from the BRRC Steering Committee. We also have Beer Thursdays at BSRA, team potlucks, holiday parties and fun times at local and regional regattas.

We are not just a rowing team, we are a community of adults that take care of each other.

BRRC COVID-19 policies as of 1/1/2022:

All CDC recommended COVID-19 shots and boosters must be administered at least two weeks prior to taking part in any BRRC in-person activity.

Check List before attending practice:

  1. Register for current year & Pay Dues (/set up partial payments)
  2. Pay Team Fee (or work with Diane on a payment plan)
  3. Watch US Rowing Safety Video prior to rowing on the water: https://youtu.be/Rx5SUe_RdgQ
  4. Start SafeSport Training- https://usrowing.org/sports/2016/6/1/safesport.aspx (complete before May 1st)
  5. New Rowers: set up a date for swim test at a local pool (see form below).
  6. Download TeamSnap app
  7. Contact Hilary to receive TeamSnap invite
  8. Attend Practice!

    

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