FIRST YEAR JUNIOR RACING OVERVIEW
The Newport Sea Base Rowing First Year Junior Racing Team is a competitive youth program. It is our introductory competitive rowing program for athletes from 8-12th grade regardless of prior rowing experience. The program is designed to prepare young athletes to successfully train and race on the NSBR Under-17 and Under-19 Competitive Youth Team.
While our Junior Racing programs are competitive in nature, we strive to create a positive atmosphere for all athletes. We believe that through a good development process and a supportive team environment, athletes of all abilities who put in the work, can be successful in the sport. This program is designed to introduce young athletes to all aspects of rowing. Focus is on technique as well as improving fitness. In addition to spending time in rowing shells, athletes will do a lot of land training (erging, running and calisthenics) to help improve fitness and technique for on the water training.
All athletes interested in the First-Year Junior program will be asked to complete an initial try out period consisting of the athlete's first two weeks. During this assessment period we will collect some physical data: height, weight, arm span, etc. We will conduct tests of basic strength, fitness and athleticism and ask general questions designed to elicit each athlete's reasons for rowing.
Participation in one of our summer learn-to-row camps is recommended but not required.
All participants must register through our online marketplace, submitting initial required documents including the medical forms and the parental release form. Program participation fees become due after completion of the athlete's two weeks try out period.
More detailed information can be found in the Junior Information Packet -