WHO: youth ages 11-14 (grades 5-8)
Great Miami Rowing Center’s JRow is a program for middle school students that would like the opportunity to learn basic rowing technique, have fun, strengthen their bodies, and prepare to participate on the competitive youth team at the High School level.
* Students aged 14 are eligible to join the youth competitive team as a novice or may remain with JRow thru 8th grade.
August 28, 2023- November 11, 2023
Monday and Thursday 5-7PM
*Includes registration fees for Blake Haxton Fall Regatta
Rowing’s enormous potential to have a positive impact on young athletes has made it one of the fastest-growing youth sports in the country. Our middle school students learn life skills through teamwork, competition, skill development and fitness building.
Eligibility: All 5th thru 8th graders from all area public and private middle schools are eligible for this program.
Program: Coached rowing with an emphasis on technique and the fundamentals of rowing. This is a recreational program-JRowers do not typically participate in regattas.
* Your first 2 weeks are without obligation- Come gROW with US!
To give an introduction to the sport of rowing and exposure to the three disciplines of the sport:
WINTER- December-February (Indoor Training)
FEES- $400 per season
JRow practices are 3 times per week:
MONDAY & THURSDAY- 5-7PM
(Times may change during water seasons, and are typically longer to allow time for getting equipment ready)
During our water seasons, we try to spend as much time on the water as possible, but it is important to note that land workouts are sometimes just as vital. There are days that will be spent on land or indoors due to the weather if it is too windy or wet. On these days we will schedule other activities such as; go for a run, do team bonding activities, have an indoor rowing relay race, do some core-strengthening and some flexibility work, watch videos of rowing races, or a myriad other activities developed by our creative coaches to teach the critical skills needed to be proficient on the water. Time spent on land activities is just as important as time on the water in developing friendships, teamwork and an appreciation and understanding of the sport.
The following items are recommended for all GMRC JRow athletes:
Practicing in a unisuit or a tank top with spandex shorts is strongly encouraged. Good running shoes are an important investment for healthy athletes and should be brought to practice each day. It is important to make sure that proper clothing is always available as conditions vary.
Appropriate clothing each day should include:
Predominant focus is on sculling in our ‘octopal’ and ‘kingles’ – some advanced Jrowers may have opportunities in singles, doubles or quads.
Middle School racing is informal and fun. We try to organize at least one scrimmage with another local team per season. We'll scrimmage against each other, race short distances, create obstacle courses and relays. We'll race forward, backward (not really!), around buoys, and sometimes flip, get back in the boat and continue. Our goal is for you to come off the water with a smile! Meanwhile, you will have developed boat-handling and mental skills that will be of enormous value when you join our Youth Competitive Racing Team.
All participants must register through our online marketplace, submitting initial required documents including the medical forms and the parental release form. Program participation fees become due after completion of the athlete's two weeks try out period for new athletes and by the first day of each season for continuing athletes.
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