Community wellness through rowing

Now Recruiting for Spring 2019

Grand Rapids Junior Rowing is now recruiting 8th-12th grade students to join our team.

No experience required! We teach new rowers everything they need to know. We also offer a two week free trial period March 4-14. New rowers can join the team anytime in March.

Grand Rapids Junior Rowing draws students from a dozen Grand Rapids area schools. Our spring season begins indoors before moving to our boathouse on the Grand River at the end of March (weather dependent). We compete at races in Grand Rapids and across the Midwest throughout April and May. (We also offer summer and fall rowing opportunities.)

Spring season details and registration are below.

If you have any questions, need more information, or want to stop by to check things out, contact head coach Kyle Barnhart at

Spring 2019 Season

Season: March 4 - May 29


Varsity: Monday-Thursday, 5:30 to 7:45 PM and Saturday, 10 to Noon

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


March 23 - Grand Rapids Spring Sprints (Forest Hills Central High School)

April 20 - GR Spring Scrimmage (Boathouse)

April 27 - Grand Rapids High School Invitational (Riverside Park)

May 4-5 - TBD

May 18-19 - Midwest Junior Rowing Championship (Cincinnati, OH)


Season Dues: $350

Payment Plan Option: $175 due March 18, $175 due May 1.

You may complete the registration without making payment if you plan to try it out for the first two weeks or utilize the payment plan.

Season dues are paid to the Club and covers all coaching, regatta entry fees, equipment maintenance and transportation, insurance, and other boathouse related expenses.

Travel Fee: TBD based on travel schedule. Due mid-April.

The travel fee is paid to the Junior Rowing Parent Association and includes transportation and lodging to away regattas, most food for regatta trips, coaches and senior gifts, and other team tent and travel expenses.

In the past, this fee has been between $175 and $200 for spring. The team runs a citrus sale to help offset this cost.


Frequently Asked Questions

What happens in the event of inclement weather?

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.

What do dues cover?

The season/session fee covers coaching, equipment maintenance and repair, launch gas, boathouse expenses, insurance, and regatta entry fees and equipment transportation to regattas (when applicable). It does not cover uniforms, individual athlete transportation, lodging, or food costs for regattas. The Grand Rapids Junior Rowing Parent Association works to coordinate regatta travel and associated costs.

About Junior Rowing

Grand Rapids Junior Rowing is the Grand Rapids Rowing Association's youth program and 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 team practices at the same time and travels together, but is split into two levels for training and racing, based on experience:

The novice squad is for athletes in their first year of rowing (including those who are new to the sport). The novice program focuses on developing rowing skills and preparing for races against other novice crews at local and regional regattas.

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


Winter: January - February

Spring: March - May

Summer: June - August

Fall: September - November

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


Please download and print the 2019 Annual Waiver, (Adobe Reader required to read file), Click to download (opens in new window).

This waiver is required once 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

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