Community wellness through rowing

Spring 2020 Season

Spring season is open to athletes in grades 8-12 of all experience levels. Workouts are focused on personal and team improvement in preparation for racing. The season will begin on land with cardio and weight training and work on the rowing machine. As soon as the weather allows, practice will move to the river. New rowers try it out for two weeks commitment free. Just complete the registration without completing the payment. If you have questions, please contact Kyle Barnhart at 

Spring Racing Schedule


March 9 - May 28


Monday - Thursday, 5:30 to 7:45 PM and Saturday, 10:00 to Noon.


March 28: GR Spring Sprints (FHC) 

April 18: GR Spring Scrimmage (Boathouse)

April 25: GR Highschool Invitational (Riverside Park)

May 2-3: Indianapolis Junior Sprints (Indiana) *Team departs May 1

May 9-10: TBD; possible one-day event 

May 16-17: Midwest Junior Rowing Championship (Cincinnati, OH) *Varsity and select Novice Team departs May 15


$365, due March 9

Payment plan option: $182.50 due March 19, $182.50 due April 13

Cost includes coaching, indoor training space, race entry fees, USRowing membership, equipment maintenance and repair.

There is an additional travel fee that covers all transportation and lodging and most food for away regattas, as well as a team shirt, and team tent supplies. This cost is coordinated by the Junior Rowing Parent Association and is typically around $200. The Parent Association also works to provide scholarship support where possible.

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 our fees cover?

The season/session fee covers coaching, regatta entry fees and equipment transportation to regattas (when applicable). It covers a small portion of equipment maintenance and repair, launch gas, boathouse expenses, and insurance. 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.


Please download and print the 2020 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.

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

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