Middle School Rowing Program
Our Middle School program is designed for young athletes in 6th through 8th grades. Athletes will learn the essentials of sweep rowing (one oar per person) with land-based training on rowing machines (ergs) and in racing shells on Lake Monona. The program will focus on the basics of rowing in a relaxed, supportive and fun environment. You’ll have fun learning the basics of the sport, improve your overall fitness level and meet other middle schoolers from all over the Dane County area!
Who Can Participate?: Students that will be in 6th, 7th or 8th grade this coming fall 2013.
Program Dates and Times:
Session 1 Mondays/Wednesdays 4-6pm and Saturdays 8:45-10:45am, running Wed., Sept. 4 through Oct. 26
Session 2 Tuesdays/Thursdays 4-6pm and Saturdays 8:45-10:45am, running Thurs., Sept. 5 through Oct. 26
Is financial aid available? Financial aid is available for those participants meeting the Federal Elgibility Guidelines for free or reduced lunch. Download application.
Location: Brittingham Boathouse on Monona Bay, 601 North Shore Drive, Madison, WI
Who teaches the Learn to Row classes? The rowers will be taught by Kristen Cole and Terri Hong. Kristen is a former UW rower who returns after teaching our inaugural Experienced Middle School Rowing class last fall. Terri, a former coxswain, has coached Camp Randall’s Junior and Summer Learn-to-Row programs, in addition to the We-Can-Row program. Both coaches bring a wealth of experience and a sense of fun to the program!
What should I bring to class? Typical athletic gear is all that is required, as long as it is not too baggy. Baggy clothing can get caught in the movable seats of both racing shells and the ergs. Please wear gym shoes, not sandals. Bring your water bottle.
Can my parents come and watch? Absolutely. The Brittingham Boathouse is a beautiful facility and there is plenty of space for your parents to find a spot in the shade and watch the classes.
Will practice be held if it rains? We are serious about safety and strictly adhere to the safety regulations established by our sport’s governing body, the USRowing Association. We row rain or shine, as long as there is no danger of lightning and the winds are reasonably light. If storms do occur, we can easily move indoors at the Brittingham Boathouse for continued training on ergs. In the rare situation that a cancellation must occur due to weather, CRRC will not issue refunds for that day.