Community wellness through rowing

Spring 2017 Season

Novice and Varsity

Spring is the primary racing season for junior rowing with athletes competing in sprint races over a distance of 1500 or 2000 meters. Training will focus on developing athletes’ strength, technique, and endurance and building the fastest boats possible for competition. Both sweep and sculling will be emphasized.


Monday, March 6 to Wednesday, May 24


Novice - Monday through Thursday 5:30 to 7:45 PM

Varsity - Monday through Thursday 5:30 to 7:45 PM & Saturday 10:00 to Noon.


  • Saturday, March 25 - Grand Rapids Spring Sprints indoor race at Forest Hills Central High
  • Saturday, April 22 - Home Race against Northview, Lowell, La Lumiere (Indiana), Culver (Indiana), Roosevelt (Wyandotte) and Trenton (Wyandotte)
  • Saturday, April 29 - Grand Rapids High School Invitational Regatta at Riverside Park
  • Saturday, May 6 - Sunday, May 7 - Indianapolis Junior Sprints
  • Friday, May 19 - Sunday, May 21 - Select novice and varsity crews will attend the Midwest Junior Rowing Championship in Cincinnati


$350 due March 11

Payment plan option

  • $125 due March 11
  • $125 due April 1
  • $100 due May 1




The beginner program is designed as an introduction to rowing for those who are new to the sport. Practices cover the basic skills and prepare rowers to advance to the summer or fall novice programs. There are two summer sessions to choose from. Registration will open in early May.

Beginner Session 1

Dates: June 12 - June 29
Practice: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Beginner Session 2

August 7 - August 24
Practice: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM


In the event of inclement weather, coaches will make a decision no later than 4:00 pm. Athletes and parents will be notified by email. If it is too windy to row or if the weather forecast is uncertain, please attend practice and we will complete a land workout.

Registration Dues

What do dues cover?

The season fee covers coaching, equipment maintenance and repair, launch gas, boathouse expenses, regatta entry fees, insurance, equipment transportation to regattas and team's membership in the U.S. Rowing Association. It does not include uniforms, individual transportation, lodging or food costs for regattas which are organized by the Boosters and paid for separately.

Regattas, Travel & Clothing Costs


Novice/Varsity attend approximately 3-4 local and regional regattas per season. There is no additional cost for the fall and spring seasons to participate in regattas -- the regatta fees are included in the registration fee. Summer regatta fees are not included in the registration fee and are based on participation.


Parents are responsible for regatta travel, lodging, and food costs. An active parent booster program helps to offset these costs when possible.


Athletes should come prepared with weather appropriate clothing and running shoes. At the start of the spring and fall seasons, rowers can purchase optional team apparel. Varsity rowers are responsible for purchasing their own uniform, called a unisuit (“uni”), which costs approximately $75.

Varsity Squad

Will there be tryouts for varsity?

No. All eligible rowers are welcome to join the varsity squad. If a rower is not yet prepared for the competitive nature of the varsity squad, coaches may recommend additional time with the novice squad. If uncertain whether novice or varsity is right for you, please speak with a coach or join varsity for the first week of practice.

What is expected of varsity rowers?

  • Attendance - Be at practice and on time.
  • Attitude - Rowing is as much a mental sport as it is a physical one. A positive attitude and open mind towards the practice plan, races and your teammates makes a huge difference.
  • Train to Win - At times practice will be hard. Rowing requires you to put in the work now in order to reap success later on. Every stroke of every practice should receive your full effort.

How are crews assigned? Will varsity rowers row in every regatta?

Based on the number of athletes, skill levels and events offered at each regatta, the coaching staff will decide which events to enter, which shells to prioritize, and make lineup selections. Selections will be based on erg times, rowing performance, attendance and attitude. The coaches will make the selection process as transparent as possible. Assignments will be reevaluated on a continual basis - the opportunity to move up or down will always exist. Coaches will make every effort to have varsity rowers participate in regattas. However, line-ups for regattas will be based on factors noted above. Varsity rowers are not guaranteed to participate in every regatta.

About Junior Rowing

Our Junior rowing program is open to 8th - 12th grade girls and boys in the Grand Rapids area. Junior rowing develops self-confidence, promotes physical fitness, and builds teamwork.

Our Junior program has three levels:

The beginner program is designed for students who are new to the sport. Practices cover the basic skills and prepare rowers to advance to the novice team.

Our novice team is for athletes in their first year of rowing (after completing the beginner program). The novice program focuses on improving rowing skills and preparing for races against other novice crews at local and regional regattas.

The varsity team is for athletes with a year or more of experience and is a competitive program focused on training for local, regional, and, occasionally, national level regattas.

Racing a Mens Quad (4x) at regatta
Racing a Mens Quad (4x) at regatta


Winter: January - February

Spring: March - May

Summer: June - August

Fall: September - November

Womens Double (2x) after race
Womens Double (2x) after race


Rowers - please download and print the Annual Waiver, (Adobe Reader required to read file), Click to download (opens in new window) which is required annually (each calendar year) for all rowers. Please fill the form out and bring it to practice to give to your coach.

Preparing to launch Mens Eight (8+) at regatta
Launching Mens Eight (8+) at regatta

Junior Varsity squad at regionals
Junior Varsity at Midwest regionals

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