November 27- March 2, 2024
November 27- December 22
Thursday 5-7pm & Saturday 9-11am
Holiday Break 12/25-1/2
January 2, 2024- March 2
Monday, Thursday 5-7pm & Saturday 9-11am
March 11 - May 24, 2024
Registration opens 5/6/2024
July 1 - August 2, 2024
Athletes new to Great Miami Crew are invited to our Junior Varsity practices before committing to the Spring Season. Only one sample period per athlete.
February Season Sample:
Monday 2/19 - Thursday 2/29
April Season Sample:
Monday 4/8 - Thursday 4/18
Requires US Rowing Basic Membership ($25), instructions will be in registration details.
*Does not include registration fees for indoor erg sprints
*Includes registration fees for one regatta
registration opens 2/1/2024
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- Junior Varsity typically participate in one regatta.
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 Winter 2024, $400 Spring 2024
JV/U15 practices are 3 times per week (may be different for winter season)
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 JV U15 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 JV U15 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, the parental release form, and US Rowing Basic Membership.
The Registration "Great Miami Rowing Center Middle School Program" is not currently available.