Below is the schedule for the spring, summer and start of fall seasons. It is a lot of information so please read carefully. Some of the races earlier in the season are still tbd and we will update as soon as we know more details.
First a few reminders: please be sure to communicate early with your coach if you are planning any college visits or other trips that will require you to miss practice. There is a new NCAA rule that allows girls in their junior year to be invited on official visits. This is the first year of the rule and it is unclear how many college coaches will utilize it this spring. As a reminder, missed practices may effect boatings. In addition to communicating with your coach, please remember to fill out the absentee form.
Also, anyone interested in possibly rowing as a lightweight this spring must have the Lightweight Health Form completed by a physician and turned in no later than March 11, 2019. Here is the form: Lightweight Health Form spring 2019.
Saturday, March 2: end of winter for varsity
Sunday, March 3: USRowing U19 ID Camp for girls at Mercer boathouse
Monday, March 4 – Sunday, March 10: varsity tryouts (including Mercer Indoor Row for the Cure)
Sunday, March 10:
- Mercer Indoor Row for the Cure at Peddie School – all Mercer event (fundraiser for Central and South Jersey Susan G. Komen)
- end of winter for novice (after the Row for the Cure)
- USRowing U19 ID Camp for boys at Mercer Boathouse
Monday, March 11: beginning of spring for varsity
Saturday, March 16: Varsity Parents meeting, 9 a.m. at boathouse
Monday, March 18: beginning of spring for novice
Saturday, March 23: Novice Parents meeting, 9 a.m. at boathouse
Saturday, March 30: Metropolitan Youth Speed Order, Passaic River (tentative)
Saturday, April 6: Neczypor Regatta, Cooper River (tentative)
Sunday, April 14: Gonzaga v. Mercer, Mercer Lake – varsity boys (we are looking for a girls team to host)
Friday, April 19-Saturday, April 20: Mercer Lake Sprints, Mercer Lake – all Mercer boats
NOTE: this is Easter and Passover weekend
Saturday, April 27-Sunday, April 28: Saratoga Invite, Saratoga Springs, NY – varsity, tentative novice
Saturday, May 11-Sunday, May 12: USRowing Mid-Atlantic Regionals, Mercer Lake – all Mercer boats
Monday, May 13: end of spring for varsity and novice
Tuesday, May 21: End of Season Mercer Banquet for all Mercer rowers and parents at Hamilton Manor (note: if there is availability, this may be moved a week earlier).
Those who qualify for Nationals will continue to train through June 9
Friday, June 7-Sunday, June 9: USRowing Youth Nationals (Sarasota, FL)
Monday, June 24: summer season starts for everyone
(this gives 6 weeks off for those who do not qualify for nationals and 2 weeks off for those who do qualify for nationals)
Proposed summer races:
Saturday, July 20: Philly Youth Regatta
Saturday, July 27: Overpeck Regatta
Tuesday, August 6- Sunday, August 11: Canadian Henley, St. Catharines, ONT (select boats)
August 12: end of summer season
Monday, August 26: varsity captains practices start and start of novice fall
Tuesday, September 3-Friday, September 6: varsity tryouts
Saturday, September 7: varsity fall starts
*For the spring season, the varsity girls will have Tuesdays off and practice both Saturday and Sunday (exact time is tbd, but likely 10:30-1:00 on Saturday and 7:00-9:30 on Sunday). Weekday practice time is 4-6:45 pm. The varsity boys are still tbd on whether they will follow that plan or stick with a Monday through Friday and one weekend day practice schedule. Novice practice is Monday through Friday 4:15-6:15.
**For the summer season, practices will run Monday through Friday from 1-3 p.m. No weekend practice.