Grades 6 to 8
 
Fall: September 10 – December 7
Early Spring: January 14 – March 15
Late Spring: March 18 – May 17

Middle School Registration Document HERE
 

Program Description

The emphasis at the Middle School level is:

  • Boat handling and basic technical skills
  • Fun and Games on and off the Water
  • Fitness development
  • A broad introduction to the sport

We try to get on the water every day. Occasionally in winter it is too cold and/or wet. On these days we may go for a run, then treat everyone to hot chocolate, do an Erg Relay Race and some Core work… and then watch World Championship races, or a myriad of other games Coach Keara has developed to teach critical skills needed to be more proficient on the water. We have found the days off the water as important as the days on, in developing friendships and an understanding of the sport.
 

Schedule

M – Th: 4-6 p.m.
Choose two days per week. With advance notice, those days can be changed over the course of the year.

 

Boats

1x, 2x, 4x, and 8X+
We are committed to keeping our younger rowers in sculling boats with spoon blade oars. The symmetrical forces and lighter load of the spoons is better suited to the physiological growth and change most children go through in these years. In addition, in small sculling boats they quickly learn:

  • What impact their body has on the boat
  • How to feel the water and adjust to varying water conditions
  • Basic boat handling and maneuvering skills

 

Racing

Racing in the Middle School years is informal. First and foremost, it must be fun. We set up scrimmages with local clubs, race short distances, creative obstacle courses, slaloms, and relays. You will race forward, backward, pivot, and in warmer months, you may be asked to flip, get back in the boat, and continue. Our goal will be for you to come off the water claiming that was the most fun you’d had in a long time.

We are hosting a scrimmage weekend for our Middle School athletes who have participated throughout the 2018/19 school year. Details will follow in January, 2019. Please save the date as it will be an action-packed weekend to test skills and fitness, and strengthen friendships.

SAVE THE DATE:
April 12-14, 2019 – Spring Madness@Samish, Bellingham, Washington

 
 

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