Junior Rowing

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The program is open to high school boys and girls in the greater Crystal Lake area (You don’t have to be a student in Crystal Lake) interested in rowing or being a coxswain (cox’n). No experience is necessary; the club coaching staff will teach you how to safely row, race, win and have fun. Cox’ns will learn not only how to steer boats, but also run practices and execute race plans with the coach. We have three seasons: fall, winter and spring!


Junior Membership

The only requirements that our club has is that you be a swimmer (a signed waiver is needed) and that you are a member of US Rowing (there is a separate fee). The team has novice (first year), JV, and Varsity classes. We will row 8 person, 4 person, and on select occasions 2 person boats.

If you are interested in our club, please email the Juniors Director at juniors-director@crystallakerowing.org .

Fall Season

It is recommended, but not required, that high school students participating for the first time in the fall take the Learn To Row class in the summer. Registration week and the beginning of practice will be the 1st week of school. The Fall features Head racing. This is a 2.5 – 3 mile course where boats in an event are lined up bow to stern and sent across a start line one at a time. Crews try to get the best time by chasing boats ahead of them. Most all head races will also include college crews. The juniors team will only race in juniors events. The season wraps up mid-November.

Winter Season

The winter season is about 3 months of indoor erg training at the CrossFit StormFront Training Center. The season includes many erg competitions.

Spring Season

Practice moves to the water when the ice breaks. Race season begins in April. The Spring features 1000m – 2000m sprint races (like the Olympics) and is the true juniors season. The first races are meets with a couple other junior teams, building up to larger regattas. There is a potential of racing in the regional and national championships. The season wraps up at the end of May depending on the crew’s successes.