Community wellness through rowing

Now Recruiting New Rowers

Grand Rapids Junior Rowing is now recruiting new athletes - no experience needed! Our team is one of the fastest growing in the state and is competitive at races across Michigan and the Midwest. Students in grades 8-12 are welcome to join us.

There will be an Open House for prospective rowers on Tuesday, September 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Grand Rapids Boathouse. This is a great opportunity to check out our facilities, learn more about the sport, meet the coaches, and ask questions.

Practice for new rowers begins Wednesday, September 5. We offer a free trial period for new rowers from September 5-14 before committing. 

If you have questions or would like additional information, contact Head Coach Kyle Barnhart.

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 Friday evening, return Saturday evening following racing.)

October 13 - Grand Rapids Fall Classic

October 20 - TBD

October 27-28 - Leelanau Chase (Lake Leelanau, MI - leave Saturday morning, return Sunday evening after racing concludes) 

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. The Parent Association will coordinate those expenses which generally run between $170 and $200 for the fall season.



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


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

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