Fall: September 4 – December 21
Spring: January 7 – May 20 (June 9 for YNC-qualified athletes)

Junior Racing Team Information Document HERE
Junior Racing Team Registration Documents HERE


Program Description

Our Junior Racing Team is focused on teaching 8th-12th Grade athletes the fundamentals of racing, supporting each of them in meeting their goals and developing fully both as individuals and as team members. Each day we ask them to work hard, play harder, and believe in themselves.

We emphasize the importance of sculling and small boat handling skills throughout the development process.  In addition we introduce sweep skills into our training and racing plans as we deem appropriate.

Our mission for each Junior Racer is simple: Row with skill, confidence, and technical proficiency – every seat, every boat class.

Our goal for ourselves is to develop athletes, regardless of experience and current athleticism, to win local, regional, national, and international competitions.

3 Tier System driven by goals and experience:
PRIME – for experienced athletes whose goal is to win a Varsity Regional and National Championship, and/or compete for a seat on the US Junior National Team.
EXPERIENCED – for athletes with at least one season of race experience whose goal is to medal at the Regional Championship.
NOVICE – New to racing after May 2018


Practice Schedule

Practice includes land training, video review, goal setting, focus and coping strategies, skills instruction and conditioning on the water, and lectures on training, sportsmanship, nutrition, mental training.

M,F: 5:30-7AM @ SRC
W: 60-90 Minute AM land Workout on your own
M-F: 4:30*-6:30 p.m.
Sat: 7-10 a.m.

M-F: 4:30*-6:30 p.m.
Sat: 7-10 a.m.

M-F: 4:30*-6:30 p.m.
Sat: 7-10 a.m.

*4:30 Start Time- Warmup will begin 4:15 p.m. Launch at 4:30 p.m.

Attendance– Anything less than 90% attendance will be reflected in boating and race opportunities.



  • The necessary rhythm to stroke a boat, navigational skills to bow a straight boat, balancing skills to race a 1X, row port or starboard,  and to race at maximum power in both sculling and sweep boats.
  • About the boats, how to adjust, rig, and care for them.
  • The Rules of Rowing as they apply to racing.
  • How to row and race in calm and rough water
  • Openness to opportunities to race locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Land training- erging, running, biking, weights, and circuits.
  • Come to practice each day ready to challenge yourself and your teammates.
  • Respectful treatment of your teammates, coaches, the facility, and equipment
  • How to develop enduring friendships through the shared experiences of training, racing, and building a team.

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