Welcome to River City Junior Rowing
Welcome to the RCRC Junior Team
Competitive RowinG for 8th - 12th grades
River City Juniors
River City Rowing Junior Crew is a competitive program geared toward athletes looking for something that will challenge them both in sport and in life. RCRC offers teens (14-18yr) a safe environment in which fitness, self-discipline, teamwork and camaraderie are emphasized. RCRC trains from late August through mid-May, competing against more than 35 other junior rowing programs in the Southwest District. RCRC competes in regional as well as national events including the USRowing Southwest Youth Championship, to qualify for USRowing Youth National Championship regatta.
Our squads - Varsity Men, Varsity Women, and Novice Men & Women - generally have 16 - 32 athletes each. We embrace the quality of our coaching and this athlete-coach ratio is conducive to the specific attention and coaching our team of coaches strives to give each athlete.
Athletes new to rowing can start by joining the Junior Novice Team anytime September through January, or signing up for a Summer Learn to Row Class.
Fall 2020 JUNIOR TEAM PRACTICE SCHEDULE
Novice teams practice Sept 9 - Dec 18
Varsity teams practice Sept 8 - Dec 18
Of the listed practice days below, each athlete will be assigned 1 Land Practice day, and 1-2 Rowing Practice days
Novice Boys: MWThSa
Novice Girls: TuWThF
Varsity Boys: MTuFSa
Varsity Girls: MTuWThSa
Saturdays 8:30 -11:00am
*The Spring 2021 schedule will be determined in late fall 2020
The RCRC competitive Junior Team encourages 9th-12th graders to come try a new sport. 8th graders are considered for the Junior Team based on maturity and athleticism. Those who are not yet ready for the Junior Team are encouraged to join middle school rowing before joining the Junior Team as a 9th grader. In Fall 2020, the Junior Rowing Team will only be rowing in single person boats, as well as conducting land practices. There are no competitions on the schedule. We are looking forward to a fall of training and developing our skills in singles, alongside great teammates.
Join the pre-season Junior Novice Parent Meeting on Thursday September 3 at 7:00PM to learn more and have your questions answered by Head Coach Arthur Ericsson. If your athlete intends to register for the Junior Novice Team please plan to attend the Zoom meeting. All parents and athletes who are interested in the team are encouraged to attend.
Rowers who have taken a Summer Learn to Row class are encouraged to register directly for the Junior Novice Team, so you can be assigned to your practice days and be ready to start rowing on Sept 9. See the directions below to Join the Jr Team and email Head Coach Arthur Ericsson if you have any questions,
New to rowing? Try rowing with the RCRC Junior Team for free - no experience necessary! Review the three steps below and then sign up to try the team so our coaches can coordinate your first day of practice and answer any questions you have.
September through December - Join the Junior Team
Sign up below to try the Junior Novice Team. Head Coach Arthur Ericsson will invite you out to your first day of practice. Be sure to follow these directions to RCRC, NOT a mapping app.
Bring a completed RCRC waiver/medical form to your first day of practice. Rowers should wear comfortable, close fitting workout clothes and running shoes, and bring a water bottle.
After your first day, RCRC will send you a welcome email including basic Junior Team & registration details. Prior to two weeks RCRC will provide you with instructions to officially register your athlete so they can keep rowing with their new team.
June through August - Learn to Row Classes
Starting rowing with a summer Junior Learn to Row Class. Summer 2020 schedules will be posted in December 2019, with Learn to Row Classes & Learn to Row Team sessions offered. Learn the basics of a challenging, engaging and fun sport.
- One week of practices, introducing rowing technique in single person sculling boats. Week long sessions run through late August.
Join the Jr Team
Membership & Dues
RCRC strives to keep dues low, and ensure that all local high school students who are interested in rowing have the opportunity to participate, regardless of their financial situation. The fees cover the Junior Crew's projected costs for: coaching instruction, USRowing membership, athlete & club insurance, and maintenance and repair of equipment and facilities, and Club/Team management.
For the 2020-2021 rowing year, registration will be split into a fall and spring season, so we can set the spring schedule and dues when we have more up to date information on what to expect in spring 2021 regarding races and events. For information on Fall 2020 dues, and practice structure, visit the registration page.
Junior Scholarships/Financial Aid
Scholarships are available on a financial-need basis. For more information about scholarship support for participation in RCRC rowing, please contact RCRC Treasurer Robin Madsen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Scholarships are based on family income, number of family members, and hardship.
Junior athletes and their families should be familiar with the information and policies provided in the Jr Team Handbook. Questions regarding Team policies may be directed to Arthur.