Middle School Rowing Program

Our Middle School experienced program is designed for young athletes going into 7th and 8th grades.  Athletes will build on what they learned in a previous learn to row session, practicing 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. If you have never tried rowing before, please sign up for our middle school learn to row summer program.

Spring Programming

Middle School Experienced Rowing

MWF Fee is $375

  • Apr 17 to Jun 2 4:45-6:30PM (no practice May 26-29)

Summer Programming

Middle School Learn to Row Experienced Program

3 week sessions, M-F Fee is $300

  • Session 1: June 19- July 7, 1:30-3:30 (Skip July 4)
  • Session 2: July 17- August 4, 1:30-3:30
Photo by M. Lilleleht

Photo by M. Lillele


Financial Aid is available for those participants meeting the Federal Eligibility Guidelines for Free or Reduced Lunch. Scholarships will be awarded to the extent that funds are available. A $30.00 deposit must be submitted along with the scholarship/payment plan application.  Download the Middle School and Learn to Row Scholarship Application Here .

photo cred: M. Lilleleht

photo cred: M. Lilleleht


Brittingham Boathouse on Monona Bay, 617 North Shore Drive, Madison, WI

Who can participate?

Students with prior rowing experience who will be in 7th or 8th grade this fall (2016) may participate.  This session is not designed for 6th grade students or those without prior rowing experience.  Beginning rower instruction is offered primarily in the summer Learn to Row 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.

Can I request a pro-rated fee if my child can only attend some, but not all of the session?
There is no pro-rating of fees for partial attendance. We encourage participants to attend all the days of the session. We understand scheduling conflicts due to other commitments, but since we have allotted a spot for them and our costs for coaches and staff continue, we do not pro-rate.

Is there a uniform? Do you suggest spandex shorts for rowers?
There is NO uniform for middle school rowers but spandex shorts are recommended.

Do middle schoolers attend any of the upcoming regattas?
Middle schoolers won’t row in the Junior regattas but they are welcome to participate as spectators for the Junior Rowers. A special regatta for middle school students is scheduled during the fall season.

Should middle school parents attend the mandatory parents’ meeting, or is that for junior and varsity rowers only?
There is no need for middle school parents to attend this meeting.