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Rowing Camps 2022

Learn to Row/Improve Your Stroke Novice Camps

It’s Summer Sports Camp time and Forest Hills Eastern High School has Rowing Camps available for those who would like to learn to row or improve their skills. Sign up is through the school’s website linked below.

  • June 20th – 24th (M-F)
  • July 11th – 15th (M-F)
  • August 1st – 5th (M-F)

Times: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Grades: 7th – 12th
Cost: $100
Coach: Ben Norrix
Location: FH Boathouse, 8525 Grand River, Ada, MI 49301

Register HERE

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Volunteers Needed to feed hungry Kids!

FHE Crew families – We have a very busy few weeks coming up to end the season and to pull it off we need help from each of you!  Attached you will find a SignUp Genius for the volunteers we need for the remainder of the season.  We need every family to fill at least one of these slots.
For the Midwest Regatta weekend – we are asking those parents that are staying at Camp Dearborn please take the volunteer spots for breakfast on Saturday & Sunday mornings as well as dinner on Saturday night.  Camp Dearborn may have visitor restrictions or charges for those not staying at the campground so onsite volunteers would be best for those 3 meals and set up/clean up openings.

The FHE Crew Boosters will be buying and transporting the food to these events but many hands are needed to prep, cook and clean up.  If you are not attending a particular event but want to help out, please consider signing up for a snack opening.  
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our board president, Stacey Ruter ( or (616-690-7333).
Thank you for your support!  Stay tuned for an email coming out soon about our end of year banquet.  Row Hawks!

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Join Crew this Spring 2022

We’re getting ready for another great season this spring!

Here’s what you need to know so far …

  • PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR FINAL FORMS paperwork and payments are in and complete!
  • PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR Crew Dues and Registration paperwork and payments are in and complete!
  • PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR US Rowing ONLINE WAIVER is completed in order to participate in Regattas.
  • Practice starts this week (March 14) at the school, 3:30pm – 5:30pm. Meet in the cafeteria before heading to practice location.
  • THIS FRIDAY, March 18 (half day), is the MANDATORY SWIM TEST! First group 4:00pm.
  • Before the Swim Test, athletes are invited to the boathouse to help de-winterize & prepare for heading out on the water. Pizza & drinks for those who show up!
  • Dock goes in Saturday, March 19.
  • On-Water Practice will start Monday March 21 – 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Please arrive at the boathouse 15 minutes before practice to maximize our time on the water
  • Parent meeting on Tuesday March 22 at FHE, directly after the FHE’s mandatory spring sports parent meeting at 6:30 pm in the auditorium.
  • Regattas
    March 26 (Sat) Ergatta – Indoor Sprints at Forest Hills Central High School, East Grand Rapids, MI
    April 23 (Sat) Belted Galloway Regatta at the FHPS Boathouse, Ada, MI
    April 30 (Sat) 27th Annual Grand Rapids High School Invitational at Riverside Park, Grand Rapids MI
    May 7 (Sat) WyHi Regatta at Wyandotte Boat Club, Wyandotte, MI
    May 14/15 (Sat/Sun) Midwest Scholastic Regionals in Milford, MI at Kent Lake, Kensington Metropark
    May 21 (Sat) Scholastic Rowing Association of Michigan State Championship Regatta (SRAM) in Milford, MI at Kent Lake, Kensington Metropark

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Reminder: Is your paperwork done?

This is a friendly reminder to make sure your athlete is ready to row this Spring 2021.

All athletes MUST have the following:

  1. Registered & Paid Final Forms
  2. Registered & Paid Crew Club* (Still waiting for many)
  3. Completed US Rowing Waiver

    *This link takes you to the FHE CREW Parent Club updated letter that was sent on March 25, 2021 (it was sent through Final Forms.) It has important information about your athlete’s registration paperwork, uniform requirements, and more. Please help the Crew Parent club by completing #’s 2 & 3 prior to Spring Break, dues payments can be made anytime up until the first regatta on April 17.
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Spring Crew 2021 Practice starts Monday, March 22

Spring Crew IS happening!

What You Need to Know…

  • PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR FINAL FORMS paperwork and payments are in and complete!
  • PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR Crew Dues and Registration paperwork and payments are in and complete!
  • THIS FRIDAY, March 19 at 7pm is the MANDATORY SWIM TEST! You will swim with clothes ON. You will have 10 minutes to change in the locker room.
  • Practices start MONDAY, March 22 right after school at the Boathouse.
  • BRING 20 E-MAILS FOR A SNAP!RAISE FUNDRAISER to FIRST PRACTICE! * We’ll do the rest! If we get full 100% participation, an “anonymous donor” will spring for a pizza party! We need to keep our boats afloat! More later…

Uniforms: Due to Covid uncertainty, uniform needs are still being worked out. More on this later!

Please be patient while we update the website-lots of changes due to covid!

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Change to Practice time!

Practice moving forward will be moving to 3:30pm and last until 5:30pm. Practices will continue to be on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

On Saturday October 17, we will be having a scrimmage with Northern and Central at the boathouse. The tentative start time will be 9am. Due to covid restrictions, parents will not be allowed to attend. I will be doing my best to film at least part of each race. They will be posted to the Facebook group page Here.

Hope you all are doing well,Coach Ben

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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.