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Fall FHE Crew is On!

Here is a note from our Coach with details. If you did not receive this note via email, let Coach know and get on his contact list!

Hello Parents of FHE Rowing,

This Fall has been a whirlwind of changing information. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the governor was allowing fall sports. Because of this decision, Eastern rowing is also now allowed to have full team practices.  

My plans are to keep practices on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Boathouse in Ada. Practices will now be from 4pm to 6pm each day. I apologize for this inconvenience, but I am excited that we get to work together as a team. There are no restrictions to the amount of participants at practice.

In accordance with the new rules that the governor has laid out, during practice all rowers MUST be wearing facial coverings for the duration of practice. 

This Saturday from 3pm to 6pm we are having a boathouse cleaning party. We will be cleaning the boathouse, washing and rigging the boats. Facial coverings are required.

Lastly, many of you have not signed your athletes up on FinalForms. This is a requirement for athletes to participate in sports at Eastern this year. Coaches are also required to send emails through Final Forms, so moving forward all of my emails will be sent in that format. The link to sign your child up for crew and other sports can be found here

Hope you are all doing well,

Coach Norrix

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Fall Crew Practices Begin Wed. Aug. 26!

Sign-up for each practice & submit Covid-19 form before each practice….Coach Ben fills you in here:

Hello Parents of FHE Crew,

I am excited to announce that beginning Wednesday August 26, 2020 we will be holding socially distanced practices at the boathouse open to everyone on the team from last year. This includes all freshman and novices from this past spring and middle schoolers from last fall and winter. There is NO FEE to participate!

With our current restrictions, we are allowed to have 4 athletes at the boathouse at a time. We have one of our eights rigged as a four with an open seat between each rower. Rowers must wear masks too and from the boathouse. They can take their masks off once seated in the boat.

Prior to arrival at every practice, each rower must fill out the form here, and have a measured temperature below 100.3.

Practices will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For this first week, sessions will be 11am to 12pm, 12:30pm to 1:30pm and 2pm to 3pm. Starting the 31st, practices will be 3pm to 4pm, 4:30pm to 5:30pm and 6pm to 7pm. You can sign up for sessions at the link here

Starting September 8, we will be allowed to have 16 practices with more than 8 athletes before October 31st. The dates of those practices will be announced at a later time. 

Sorry for the long winded email. I hope you are all doing well and staying safe. 

Coach Norrix

NOTE: If you rowed last year and are seeing this on the website or Facebook but did not get this letter in an email, contact Coach Ben and ask to get on his google groups list.

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Announcement from Coach Ben, 8-11-2020

Hello Parents of Forest Hills Eastern Crew,

I still have many awards for athletes on last year’s high school team(2019-2020).

I will be at the boathouse again tomorrow Wednesday August 12 from 11am till 2pm. If you are unable to come tomorrow to pick up the award, please reach out to me so we can make other arrangements. 

We are also very excited to announce that the Forest Hills Eastern High School Athletic Department has partnered with FinalForms, an online forms and data management service. FinalForms allows you to complete and sign athletic participation forms for your students online. The most exciting news is that FinalForms saves data from season-to-season and year-to-year, meaning that you will never need to enter the same information twice!  You will review your information once per school year to verify information is current and sign the forms.



Enrollment in FinalForms is mandatory for all students planning to participate in sports at Forest Hills Eastern. To register your athlete, please click the link below:
Eastern Athletic Final Forms Link

A couple of hints from the FHE Athletic Department:

  1. Bookmark this site or save it to your desktop on your mobile device or computer (do not Google search for it in the future as you will not go directly to the FHPS site).
  2. Have required information available, such as medical history/health information, insurance company policy numbers, doctor, dentist and hospital information. This will make the registration time be more efficiently completed.
  3. Parents will need to fill in your student’s email address. Please do not use your students’ school email for this. The school email system blocks all emails that are outside of the FHPS system. Your student will then need to check their email for information on how to complete their portion of the registration.
  4. Please note once you register, you will receive an email to confirm your account, create a password, and then complete the required forms.
  5. Attached is the Forest Hills Parent Playbook to help you with the online registration process.
  6. Pay to Participate fees will not be open to pay at this time.  We will open and begin to collect fees as we become more certain of when each sport will begin and be played.

Thank you for your assistance and support in streamlining our paperwork processes for Forest Hills Eastern High School Athletics.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us in the athletic department:
JJ Jacobs – 
Ben Sherman, FHE Athletic Supervisor – 
Forest Hills Eastern Athletics – 616-493-8838 Fax – 616-493-8837 

I hope you are all doing well and staying safe,

Coach Norrix

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Postponed this Week

Our Snap-Raise Fundraiser Meeting (3/19) and our Bottle/Can Drive (3/21) are postponed until further notice.

We will be following the COVID-19 crisis closely and if possible will reschedule these later in the season. Please stay safe. Practicing social distancing will give us the best chance to get through this sooner so we can get on that water! 

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Rowing this Spring? Health Forms due March 9th for all rowers.

A current-year physical is one given on or after April 15 of the previous school year. If you don’t have a physical form on file with the FHE Athletics department, make arrangements with your primary care physician to get his done. All health forms must be current and up-to-date prior to the first crew practice on March 9th. Check here for forms and other registration information. We’ll see you at the Crew meeting!

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Spring Crew Season Starts MARCH 9th!

Parent/Athlete Information Meeting Wednesday, March 4th at 6pm in the FHE Media Center. Open to all High School students wishing to try rowing. Beginners welcome!

Things you can do NOW:

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Interested in Spring Crew at FHE?

You’re invited to our Spring Crew Parent/Athlete Information Meeting which will be held on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 6:00pm in the FHE Media Center. Meet Coach Ben, the Crew Booster Parents, Team Captains and returning rowers and find out what you need in order to row crew this season. We will cover the Schedule, Registration and Fees, Uniform and Apparel, Volunteering Opportunities and answer any questions you may have.

All Registration forms Instructions can be found Here. The deadline to register is March 9th, but you may turn in forms and fees at the meeting if you have them.

We are excited to meet you! Questions? Contact Coach Ben.