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.

Youth Competitive Novice Rowing

Girls Team Head Coach: Lily Carbeck, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Boys Team Head Coach: Kevin McCarthy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
All rowers with 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 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
 
 
Winter Practice Schedule
November 28, 2022 - March 4, 2023:

Novice Girls: T, Th, F 4:30 - 6:30pm; Sat 10:30 - 1:00pm*
Novice Boys: M, W 4:30 - 6:30pm; T, Th 6:30 - 8:30pm; Sat 8:00 - 10:30am*
 
*Teams switch Saturday times halfway through the season. Holiday break: Monday, December 19 - Monday, January 2. Spring Team selections will take place during the last week.
 
Spring Practice Schedule
March 6, 2023 - May 22, 2023:

**Spring season will follow the Winter schedule above until we can return to the water, then transition to the times below.
Novice Girls: M-F 4:30 - 7:00pm; Sat 10:00 - 1:00 pm

Fall Practice Schedule
September 5, 2023 - TBA
More information will be added as fall approaches.
 

Youth Competitive Varsity Rowing

Girls Team Head Coach: Skye Elliot, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Boys Team Head Coach: Galen Bernick, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
 
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. 
 
Some athletes may be placed into a Development program, which includes fewer on-water sessions per week, and is more focused on developing fitness, athleticism, and rowing technique.
 
Prerequisite: Youth Competitive Novice or equivalent
 
 
Winter Practice Schedule
November 28, 2022 - March 4, 2023:

Varsity Girls: T, Th, F 4:30 - 6:30; Sat 10:30 - 1:00pm*
Varsity Boys: M, W 4:30-6:30; T, Th 6:30-8:30, Sat 8:00 - 10:30am*
 
*Teams switch Saturday times halfway through the season. Holiday break: Monday, December 19 - Monday, January 2. Spring Team selections will take place during the last week.
 
Spring Practice Schedule
March 6, 2023 - May 22, 2023:

**Spring season will follow the Winter schedule above until we can return to the water, then transition to the times below.
Varsity Girls: M-F 4:30 - 7:00pm; Sat 10:00 - 1:00 pm
 
Fall Practice Schedule
September 5, 2023 - TBA
More information will be added as fall approaches.
 
 
Which program should I join?
Per USRowing and CRI's policies, athletes participate in rowing activities with the team (Boys or Girls) that best matches their expressed gender identity, regardless of the gender listed on the athlete’s birth certificate or student records, and regardless of whether the athlete has undergone any medical treatment.
 
For further information about this policy, or if you have any questions, please contact Megan McLean (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
 
Information for Parents of Competitive Youth Athletes:
The link below directs parents to the CRI Parent Handbook. This is a “living document” intended to provide parents of Novice and Varsity athletes information and forms. If you have questions about what the program is like for athletes and families, we suggest starting here! Parents and athletes can also learn more about upcoming regattas through the regatta news link below.
 
 
2023 Important Dates
  • Tuesday, May 23 | 5:00 - 7:00 pm | Novice Girls Spring End of Season Banquet (tentative)
  • Saturday, May 27 | 3:00 - 6:00 pm | Varsity Girls Spring End of Season Banquet (tentative)
Tentative 2023 Spring Regatta Schedule
  • April 29-30 | Saratoga Invitational in Saratoga Springs, NY | Please note that this is a two day regatta with a Friday departure and Sunday return
  • May 13-14 | Amber Zapatka in Lowell, MA
  • May 20-21 | Northeast Youth Championships (Regionals) Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, MA
  • June 8-11 | Youth Nationals in Sarasota, FL | For those who qualify AND are confirmed by the head coach
  • Informal scrimmages/duels may be organized additionally to give our athletes additional racing practice, likely April 7th or 14/15th
Additional Information
  • The Youth Nationals training/trip runs May 23-June 12. Please note that the cost of this regatta (and the training post-Regionals) is not included in the spring price.
  • We plan to offer a three week pre-summer session for those athletes who do not go on the Nationals trip, to cover the gap between the end of spring season and the start of summer. This will possibly run based on interest, enrollment, and coach availability.

 

Compare Competitive Youth Rowing to other Youth Rowing Programs at CRI.