2018 Fall Varsity Information

Hello, Varsity Mercer Athletes and Parents,

The Fall Varsity Season starts on Monday, August 27 at 4:00 at the Boathouse.  Please be on time to practice, and bring running shoes, a water bottle, hat, and sunscreen.  Athletes should be prepared for hot weather.

Practice Times are as follows:
Monday-Friday 4:00 – 6:30pm, Sunday 7:00 – 9:30am.  
There will be no practice on Labor Day, Monday, September 3.

Varsity Team Tryouts:
The first two weeks of practice (including Sundays), August 27 – September 7, will be the try-out period for athletes.  Athletes will be evaluated by running, erging, and general fitness. Please see the Blog for a more detailed description.  The Fall Roster will be posted after the completion of the try-out period. Please register for the tryouts. Once the roster has been released, athletes will be able to register for the fall season.

For those who will be participating in Option 2 for your school please reach out to Coach Justin before you submit the online application.

Mandatory Varsity Parent Meeting:

Saturday, September 15, 9:00 am at the Boathouse

SAT, ACT, College Recruitment Visits:

These are the days’ athletes may schedule tests and college visits.  Athletes must follow the Absentee Protocol for any additional missed practice days.

SAT & SAT subject test:  November 3, December 1,2018; March 9, 2019

ACT:  December 8, February 9, 2019

College Visits:  August until the 26th, Sept 8-9, September 15-16, Thanksgiving and Presidents Day weekends.

Fall Varsity Regattas:

  • Tail of the Fish- September 29, 2018
  • Head of the Housatonic – October 6, 2018
  • Head of the Charles – October 20, 2018
  • Head of the Schuylkill October 27-28, 2018
  • Head of the Halloween October 27 (Those not selected for HOS)
  • Philadelphia Frostbite –November 10, 2018
  • Bill Braxton Regatta – November 11, 2018


Please see the Blog for more detailed descriptions of these regattas, costs, travel plans, and who will attend.

Coaches Justin Ochal and Matt Carlsen