Camp Randall Rowing Club offers community-wide rowing programs for high school age athletes, known as Juniors in the world of rowing.
Head Coach Mary Beth (MB) Blanding and her staff hold team practices at the Brittingham Boathouse, 601 North Shore Drive, on Monona Bay near the Monona Terrace Convention Center. The Camp Randall Juniors participate in national and international regattas throughout the Midwest, competing against other Club and High School crews. The year is divided into two seasons, Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter.
Fees and Registration
- Spring/Summer Season $1300* (spring training trip-$535, remainder of season-$765)
- Fall/Winter Season $850 * (winter workouts only-$150)
*See below for specific and additional information regarding fees for each season. NOTE: Payment may be made by credit card, paypal or by check. If paying by check, it is important to note in the memo field the rower’s name (if different last name than name on check) and what the payment is for.
CRRC offers a discount for families with multiple rowers enrolled in the Junior Rowing program. The first rower pays 100% of the season’s fees, the second and any additional rowers pay 75% of fees.
What to wear? Information regarding Junior clothing, including uniforms, is available here.
Important!! For registration to be considered complete, a rower must:
- 1) register online for the season (link below), Problems?
- 2) pay appropriate fees and
- 3) sign the electronic USRowing waiver on a yearly basis. How do I do this?
Athletes will also review and sign a Code of Conduct with the coaching staff.
The Spring/Summer season begins with the Spring Training trip to Tennessee, scheduled to coincide with the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) spring break. The season continues through the beginning of August. The fee is $1300 and covers the Spring Training trip, the spring racing season and the summer season. For rowers unable to participate in the Spring Training trip, the fee for the remaining season is $765. Deadline for registration and payment is March 21. In the rare instance that a Junior rower would participate only during the summer season, the cost is $225.
- The Spring Training trip is an integral part of the Camp Randall rowing experience and all rowers are strongly encouraged to attend. Forty percent of the spring “on the water” time takes place during this trip. The week is also important for team-building and is well enjoyed by our athletes. The portion of the spring/summer fee attributable to this trip is $535 and includes bus transportation to and from Tennessee, lodging, and meals. The trip is typically nine days long and often includes participation in a regatta before heading home to Madison. This year the team will be racing in a dual meet with St. Louis on March 30.
- Upon returning from Tennessee, the team begins after school practices, 4:00-6:30, and Saturday morning practices at the Brittingham Boathouse. The Spring racing season includes trips to St. Louis, MO, Crystal Lake, IL and Cincinnatti, OH, in addition to two home regattas on Lake Monona.
- Rowing opportunities continue into the summer. Rowers continue to practice daily during early morning sessions and may participate in the Duluth International Regatta and Twin Cities Junior Sweeps. Participation in these regattas is optional and costs are additional, dependent on the number of rowers participating. Typically, the cost for a summer regatta is approximately $170.
- In addition to the regular spring racing season, rowers successfully competing at the Midwest Youth Championships in Cincinnati, OH are invited to compete nationally at the US Rowing National Invitational Regatta. Costs for this event are extra, typically around $500 per rower and cover travel, hotel, race registration and meals. These costs are not included in the regular spring/summer season fee.
The Fall/Winter season begins after Labor Day and continues until the team departs for the Spring Training trip.
- During the fall, the team practices at Brittingham Boathouse after school, 4:00-6:30, and on Saturday mornings, continuing until weather no longer permits, typically early November. During the fall racing season, Camp Randall competes in regattas throughout the Midwest, including the Milwaukee River Challenge (Milwaukee, WI), Tail of the Fox (DePere, WI), and Head of the Rock (Rockford, IL). The team will also be traveling to the Blake Haxton Invitational ( Columbus, OH) the last weekend of October.
- During December, voluntary workouts are held in the basement of Hilldale Mall, again after school.
- “Official ” winter workouts begin after the winter break and continue at Hilldale until the team leaves for the Spring Training trip, or the lakes open (whichever comes first).
- Select varsity rowers will compete in the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, MA. Costs for this trip are not included in the regular fall/winter season fee. The cost, covering airfare, hotel, race regsitration and meals, is typically around $1000.