Competitive Youth - Fall/Winter/Spring

CRI Youth Competitive Rowing sets an unparalleled standard for personal and physical development. Rowers learn the art of rowing while developing life-long skills of accountability, leadership and teamwork. For information on our Competitive Youth Summer Programs, see Competitive Youth Summer Program.

For at least the start of the spring 2021 season, all rowing will continue to take place in singles in order to maximize safety and social distancing during the covid-19 pandemic. Progression to team boats will be coordinated as community spread levels and safety considerations allow.

Youth Competitive Novice Rowing

All rowers wtih no competitive racing experience begin with the Novice Competitive Program. The Novice team prepares athletes for the Varsity Competitive Program the following year. Novice athletes train in small pods of singles 3 times per week, and will work toward individual and team goals throughout the year. They build on the skills developed in Learn to Row and Crew League, and work to improve their fitness and athleticism.
Prerequisite: None

Youth Competitive Varsity Rowing

Our nationally ranked and award-winning Competitive Varsity team is an ideal fit for athletes who have completed the Novice Rowing program and are dedicated to improving their rowing skills and competing at a high level. Rowers will challenge themselves physically and mentally within a strong team environment. Rowers practice will practice 3 times per week at CRI, with additional training prescribed to do on their own. Racing opportunities will be limited as a result of the pandemic.
Some athletes may be placed into a Development program which includes 2 on-water sessions per week, and is more focused on developing fitness, flexibility and athleticism.
Prerequisite: Youth Competitive Novice

Spring Schedules

Update: Based on updated guidelines from USRowing and the state of Massachusetts, we will be able to return to practicing 6 days/week this spring! Varsity squads will resume a 6 day/week schedule on April 12. Novice and Development squads will resume a 6 day/week schedule on April 19. The schedule that previously was posted here was for the 3-day schedule.

All Novice first week only: T/Th/Sa 3:30-5:30 or 5:30-7:30 (8:30-10:30, 10:30-12:30 Sat)
6-day schedule:
Varsity & Novice Boys: M-F 4:30-7pm, Sat 9-12
Varsity Girls: M-F 4:30-7pm, Sat 11:30-2:30 
Novice Girls: M-F 4:30-7pm, Sat 10-12:30
Dev Boys: Tues, Weds, Thurs 5:30-7:30, Sun 12:30-2:30
Dev Girls: Weds, Fri 5:30-7:30, Sun 11-1
Update: This pricing has been updated to reflect our return to the 6 day/week schedule. Previous pricing that appeared here was for the limited 2-3 day/week schedule.
Varsity Rower/Coxswain: $1415
Novice Rower/Coxswain: $1360
Boys Development (4 days/week): $910
Girls Development (3 days/week): $680
Information for Parents of Competitive Youth Athletes:
The link below directs parents to the CRI Parent Handbook. This is a “living document” managed by our parent volunteers to provide parents of Novice and Varsity athletes information and forms. This handbook was created to help inform our parent community and create better communication and opportunities for CRI parents to connect.

Spring Important Dates

 Date  Event Squad  Notes 
 Feb 9 Novice Team Info Meeting via Zoom    
 March 15 Varsity squad spring rosters announced Varsity Contact Skye Elliot for girls varsity questions, Will Congram for boys varsity questions
 March 22 Varsity spring season begins, on the winter schedule Varsity  
 April 5, 6, 7 Novice boys tryouts, 3:30-5:30 and 5:30-7:30 Novice Boys Contact Dave Mottola for boys novice questions
 April 8 Varsity Girls Parent Meeting, 6:30pm Varsity Girls Virtual
 April 8, 9, 10 Novice girls tryouts, 3:30-5:30 and 5:30-7:30 (8 and 10 on Saturday) Novice Girls Contact Tori Hetman for girls novice questions
 April 12 Novice season begins, Varsity moves to spring schedule All squads  
 April 12 Novice Girls Parent Meeting, 6:00pm Novice Girls Virtual
April 17 Novice Boys Parent Meeting, 12:30pm Novice Boys Virtual
TBD Varsity Boys Parent Meeting Varsity Boys Virtual
 June 12 Last day of spring season    

 Competitive Youth Rowing to other Youth Rowing Programs at CRI