Fall 2018 Season
Season: September 4 - October 31
Returning/Experienced Rowers: Practice begins Tuesday, September 4.
New Rowers: Practice begins Wednesday, September 5.
Varsity: Monday-Thursday, 5:30 to 7:45 PM and Saturday, 10:00 to Noon
Novice: Monday-Thursday, 5:30 to 7:45 PM
September 21-22 - Frogtown Regatta (Toledo, OH) - leave early Saturday morning, traveling by bus. Return following regatta.
October 13 - Grand Rapids Fall Classic (Home)
October 20 - Head of the Charles (Boston, MA) - Men's Varsity 4+ only
October 27-28 - Leelanau Chase (Lake Leelanau, MI) - leave mid-day Saturday, return Sunday evening following regatta.
Cost: $300 due by September 15
Payment Plan option: $150 due September 15 and $150 due October 13.
Cost includes coaching, regatta entry fees, equipment maintenance and transportation, and boathouse related expenses.
Cost does not include expenses related to regatta travel which are coordinated by the Parent Association. The fall 2018 travel fee will be $150 which includes all regatta transportation and lodging, most food, a team shirt, and more. The fall apple sale will 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
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.