Competitive Youth

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.

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 as a group five to six days per week, working toward individual and team goals throughout the year. They build on the skills developed in Learn to Row and Crew League and gain racing experience at fall and spring regattas. Athletes interested in becoming coxswains, who steer the boat and learn to motivate the rowers, are also encouraged to sign up. The Novice program runs in the fall and spring, with an opportunity to train with the Varsity during the winter.
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 six times per week and attend several weekend regattas each season.
Prerequisite: Youth Competitive Novice

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.
  Parent Meeting Dates:  All Parent meetings begin at 6:45. 

Novice Boys: September 9

Varsity Boys: September 10

Novice Girls: September 11

Varsity Girls: September 12

 Competitive Youth 2019 Fall Race Schedule and Notable Dates:
Date Event Squad
Aug 19-30 Pre-fall program (separate registration) Boys, Girls
Sept 3-7 Varsity Fall Tryouts VB, VG
Sept 5-7 Novice Fall Tryouts NB, NG
Sept 9 First Fall Practice All squads
Sept 9 Novice Boys Parent Info Meeting, 6:45pm NB
Sept 10 Varsity Boys Parent Info Meeting, 6:45pm VB
Sept 11 Novice Girls Parent Info Meeting, 6:45pm NG
Sept 12 Varsity Girls Parent Info Meeting, 6:45pm VG
Sept 21 CRI Fall Classic @CRI Varsity, possibly select Novice
Oct 6 Textile Regatta @Lowell, MA NG
Oct 13 New England Jr/HS Regional Champs @Worcester, MA All squads
Oct 18-19 Head of the Charles Regatta @Boston, MA Select Varsity
Oct 26-27 Head of the Fish @Saratoga, NY All squads

Winter Training

Winter training begins on Monday, December 2nd. Varsity winter training ends Saturday Feb 29, with the last week being tryouts for the spring varsity season. Novice winter training ends on Saturday, March 7, and spring tryouts begin the following week.

Note: Though the spring season starts on the dates listed above, we will continue to train on the "winter schedule" listed below through March 14. The spring time schedule starts on Monday, March 16.

Schedules are listed below. For the second half of the winter (starting the week of MLK Day), the Friday and Saturday times will flip-flop for the boys and girls teams. 

The last practice before winter break will be Sat Dec 21. The first practice back from break will be Thurs Jan 2.

Varsity & Novice Girls 4:30-6:30pm M/W, 5:45-7:45pm Fri, 10:30-1 Sat [Second half 3:45-5:45pm Fri, 8-10am Sat]

Varsity Boys 6:30-8:30pm M/W, 4:30-6:30pm T/Th, 3:45-5:45pm Fri, 8-10am Sat [Second half 5:45-7:45pm Fri, 10:30-1 Sat]

Novice Boys 6:30-8:30pm M/W, 4:30-6:30pm T/Th, 3:45-5:45pm Fri [Second half 5:45-7:45pm Fri]


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