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04/19/14

Traffic and Parking Advisory for City Championships May 4, 2014

Date Effective: May 4, 2014 12:00 am

Location: Kelly Drive Regatta Closure

2014 PSRA City Championships

There are important safety and security procedures regarding closure of the race course portion of Kelly Drive on May 4, 2014.

Temporary police regulation/traffic control will restrict parking/stopping/standing in the grandstand parking lot and the Canoe Club parking lot from 12am through 6am on May 4, 2014. On May 4, 2014, between the hours of 12:00 am and 6:00 am, the Philadelphia police will patrol Kelly Drive and any vehicles in these areas will be ordered to leave. Vehicles parked on the grass/sidewalk are illegally parked and will be ordered to leave.

The PSRA will begin entry of vehicles at 6am after full closure of the affected portion of Kelly Drive.

MARKED school food trailers and their tow vehicles entering in tandem do NOT need a pass for City Championships.  Tow vehicles not towing a food trailer require a pass for entry. Unmarked vehicles transporting food require a pass for entry. School buses and vans transporting rowers and spectators do not need a pass but must park past the finish line on the east side of the drive.

Schools who violate the temporary police regulation traffic control will not receive any City Championship passes in 2015. For more information, contact jeremyibrahim@verizon.net.

 

04/11/14

Action Plan for Regatta Parking Security
Standard Parking, the company that operates the offsite lots, will distribute a flier to all incoming vehicles for where they manage paid parking services. The parking attendants will tell park patrons to keep the flier displayed on their dashboard.

For added security on  the Edgely lot, once this lot fills, Standard Parking will re-position the two interior flaggers that park the cars, the two entrance flaggers and the cashier evenly throughout the entire roadway to keep a watch on the parked vehicles.  2 flaggers will be evenly spaced between the entrance and the Mansion, the mansion flagger will watch the Mansion area, and 2 additional flaggers will be evenly spaced between the Mansion and the lot exit.  This is a total of 5 flaggers evenly spaced throughout the lot to watch the vehicles.

Edgley is the area of concern because it provides coverage for thieves and easy get in and get out opportunities. This is the lot that first fills up in the morning and the break-ins seem to occur after the commotion ceases and there are no more vehicles parking in the spaces (which takes place around 8am or so), hence why Standard Parking plans to keep the staff there rather than repurpose them to another parking area for parking support. We plan to reevaluate this approach next week and determine if any changes need to be made.

Regional Referee Academy – Mid-Atlantic Region. The PSRA will sponsor a Rowing Referee Introductory Full-Day Workshop on Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Camden County Boathouse, 7050 N. Park Drive, Pennsauken, NJ 08109

03/26/14

The Comfort Inn and Suites Mt. Laurel NJ – Philadelphia East is the official hotel of the PSRA . Located only 25 minutes from the race course, it offers special individual and group rates for PSRA competitors. To make a reservation, call (856) 727-0010 and say “Calling to make a reservation under the Philadelphia Scholastic Rowing Association Rate.” You must call 5 days before the regatta to get a PSRA rate.

For more information on the hotel, visit their website at http://www.comfortinn.com/hotel-mount_laurel-new_jersey-NJ153

02/21/14

Regional Referee Academy – Mid-Atlantic Region. The PSRA will sponsor a Rowing Referee Introductory Full-Day Workshop on Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Camden County Boathouse, 7050 N. Park Drive, Pennsauken, NJ 08109

If you are interested in becoming a USRowing Referee, this is for you!

  • The Program:  The process of becoming a licensed USRowing official will be reviewed, along with an overview of the various roles and assignments of Referees. USRowing Referee operating procedures and rules will be stressed.
  • The Objective: Those wishing to continue will be prepared to participate in regional regattas. Basic equipment and connections to Chief Referees will be provided. Candidates will be given ongoing assistance in completing requirements for obtaining an USRowing Assistant Referee License.
  • Cost: Absolutely  F R E E  to those with a genuine interest in officiating!
  • The Day: Classroom presentations – demonstrations  / workshop materials and lunch – no charge

Agenda overview:
9:00 AM – Welcome and sign in / coffee / upstairs at the Camden County Boathouse.
12:00 Noon – (Lunch provided)
3:00 – Workshop completed

Note:    Referee candidates must be in good health, 21 years of age, and enjoy outside activity.

The Camden County  Boathouse is a 5 min. drive, just over the Ben Franklin Bridge from Philadelphia.  Parking is on site.

Space is limited so registration is required – To register or for more information contact: Rich Dougert at: E-mail:  redougert@aol.comor   Phone: (H) 610-825-4292   (C) 610-755-7812

01/26/14

Procedural changes for 2014 racing include: Weigh-in begins with the THIRD Flick; seeding is guaranteed for the top 6 boats only in the Flick series and is based on results from the previous Flick; only A and B boats (no C-Z) as entries in City Championship.

 

01/12/2014

The 2014 PSRA Annual Meetings will be held Saturday, January 25 at Fairmount Rowing Association, #2 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia. Permanent voting member coaches will meet at 9 am; permanent and associate member coaches will meet at 10 am, and parents will meet at 11:30 am.

 

06/28/2013

The 2014 PSRA Racing Schedule is as follows: March 16 ,23 and 30 and April 6 and 13 – The Flick-Horvat Series; May 4 – the PSRA City Championship. Link to the Regatta Central for placing entries will be posted in January of 2014. The PSRA’s annual coaches meeting will be held Saturday, January 25, 2014.

06/20/2013

Congratulations to our Bronze Medalists at the 2013 Youth Nationals: Malvern Prep in the Boys’ 4X and Ridgewood in the Boys 1X. The PSRA was well represented in the A, B and C finals throughout the regatta.

05/20/13

Congratulations and good luck to the following PSRA teams that have qualified boats for the 2013 USRowing Youth National Championships in Oak Ridge TN in June: Baldwin School, Christian Brothers Academy, Conestoga, Don Bosco, Egg Harbor Township, Episcopal Academy, Germantown Academy, Haddon Township, Harriton, Holy Spirit, Mainland, Malvern Prep, Merion Mercy, Montclair, Mount St. Joseph, Oakcrest, Penn Charter, Radnor, Ridgewood, Roman Catholic, Shipley, Springside Chestnut Hill, St. Augustine Prep, St. Joseph’s Prep, Msgr. Bonner and The Haverford School.

05/19/2013

Congratulations to all the PSRA teams that won medals in the 2013 Stotesbury Cup this past weekend. Full results can be found at Stotesbury Results

04/30/13

Inclement Weather Plan for the May 5, 2013 City Championships

In the event of bad weather that will cause a delay that can’t be made up in the schedule, the following will go in effect:

  • Regatta management will decide when to restart the regatta and at what point in the schedule it will restart.
  • The order of events will remain the same
  • If we are unable to run finals, medals will be awarded to all events not run based on the results of the head races.  So tell your kids that those time trials count!
  • If the regatta is restarted we will then change to 4-minute centers so we can run the maximum number of events.  We will not use stake boats, only floating starts. Because of the delay, only Gold Medal crews will come to the awards dock. Silver and Bronze Medals will be given to the coaches to present to their crews.
  • Regatta management reserves the right to review this plan and make changes if necessary.
  • We will communicate changes through the PA system and social media. Boathouse Row coaches and other coaches may submit their cell phone numbers to be sure they receive proper notification. In the event of bad weather, coaches are responsible for making an effort to learn about any changes in the schedule.
  • Please inform your coaching staff and rowers about this plan.

04/29/13

2013 Flicks Point Winners

Congratulations to our 2013 Flick/Horvat Series Points Winners: Mount St.Joseph Academy for Women’s Sweep, St. Joseph’s Prep for Men’s Sweep, Conestoga High School for Women’s Sculling, and Roman Catholic for Men’s Sculling. Complete tabulations are linked from the 2013 Schedule Page under Racing.

04/23/13

Parking Information for the 2013 City Championship

Due to the great volume of spectators and the history of traffic and parking problems at City Championships, the Philadelphia Police have requested us to limit the number of passes issued for this regatta. Consequently, teams receive a significantly lower number of passes for City Championships than you did for the Flick series. But there is good news:

  • There is no charge for these passes.
  • Chuck wagons (food trailers) and their tow vehicles will NOT be required to have a pass to enter Kelly Drive as opposed to the two passes needed during the Flicks. These food trailers must be identified with a school name or insignia. Please only one chuck wagon per team
  • We have increased our free trolley shuttle service from the parking lots.
  • A free golf cart shuttle service will continue to run from the entrance gate to assist in transporting elderly, handicapped or those who are carrying food and coolers to team tents.

We ask that you follow these regulations:

  • Traffic is one way on Kelly Drive – north to south beginning at the Strawberry Mansion Bridge entrance and continuing to the Fountain Green exit. Do not attempt to exit at the Strawberry Mansion Bridge.
  • The City Championship passes have a hanging tag. This must be displayed at all times hanging from the rearview mirror. You will be asked to move your vehicle if it does not have a hanging tag.
  • Do not enter the Drive before it is closed and attempt to park on the Drive.
  • Do not park on the grass.
  • Do not park in front of the St. Joe’s Boathouse or in front of the adjacent parking lot. These areas are reserved for officials, staff and boat trailer tow vehicles.
  • Do not double park.
  • Do not park cars on the non-river side of the Drive.
  • School vans and buses do not require a pass, but they must park past the finish line and Columbia Bridge on the non-river side of the drive.
  • Handicapped parking is designated by signage. Please do not park there unless you have a handicapped tag. Handicapped vehicles must also have a PSRA pass to enter. Be sure your families with special needs get your passes.
  • We are trying to keep the grandstand lot devoted to food trailers and officials’ parking.

Police and security staff will be on hand to enforce and direct the above regulations.

We ask that you follow parking regulations and are considerate and respectful of our staff, volunteers, and most importantly, each other. Let’s set a good example for our kids!
Thanks for your cooperation.

Please share this information with your parents. We look forward to seeing you May 5!

04/19/13

We are proud to announce that the Cooper Bone and Joint Institute has joined us as a sponsor of our May 5 City Championship. As South Jersey’s premier academic musculoskeletal center, the Cooper Bone and Joint Institute offers patients the full continuum of care. Its integrated team includes fellowship-trained and board-certified experts in orthopaedics, rheumatology, podiatry and rehabilitation. From the prevention and diagnosis of degenerative joint disease or injury, to the latest surgical and non-surgical treatments and rehabilitation, patients can expect to receive comprehensive, world-class musculoskeletal care in one of our seven convenient locations.

03/19/13

A huge thank you to our security guys at the gate for preventing a very serious accident on Sunday morning, March 17, 2013. Pat Smith and Kevin O’Gorman were collecting parking passes at the entrance to Kelly Drive when a motorist sped through the gate, nearly hitting them. They managed to flag the driver down and pull him over. When they questioned him, they discovered that he was very drunk. They summoned the on-duty Philadelphia Police who arrested the driver for DUI and took him into custody. If Pat and Kevin had not risked their lives to apprehend the driver, he most certainly would have hit parked cars and at worst pedestrians as well. So the next time you go through the gate and hand in your pass, give Pat and Kevin a big thank you.

12/07/12

The PSRA will hold its annual membership meeting Saturday, Feb. 2 at Fairmount Rowing Association, 2 Kelly Drive. Permanent Member Coaches will meet at 9 a.m., Permanent and Associate Member Coaches will meet at 10 a.m., Parent Boosters will meet at 11:30 a.m., and the LOC will meet at 1:30 p.m.

12/07/12

The PSRA has voted to lower the maximum weight for Boys’ Lightweight events to 150 lbs. effective Jan. 1, 2013.

12/07/12

A proposal by USRowing to require all high school rowers to join USRowing has been tabled. High School rowers will not be required to join USRowing to compete in PSRA events in 2013. USRowing is offering free “Basic” memberships to all juniors during 2013. Those juniors who compete in Youth Nationals and other regattas run by USRowing will still be required to buy “Championship” memberships for $45 each.

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