8th Grade Developmental Rowing Program

Mercer Junior Rowing – Spring 2018 8th Grade Developmental Rowing Program

The 8th Grade program for Spring 2018 is currently full.  Please contact Amanda Klaiber-Short for information on the waitlist.  Please note that 8th grade students are not allowed in the Novice Program.

*The 8th grade rowers who participated in the fall season will have priority registration. March 1st we will open the remaining spots up to the general public.*

Spring 2018 8th Grade Development Program Schedule:
Spring Novice Start Date: Monday, March 12th (weather permitting)
Spring Novice End Date: Friday, May 18th

End of the Year Banquet: May 22nd, Hamilton Manor

2018 Spring 8th Grade Program Practice Times:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Mandatory Spring Parents Meeting
March 24th, 11:00 AM, at the Caspersen Boathouse

Program Overview
We believe 8th grade athletes benefit from more time to develop as athletes physically, mentally and emotionally.  This program will give 8th grade athletes two full years to develop the physical and mental skills necessary to compete at the Varsity level.  8th grade athletes will have practice structured similarly to the novice squad but will only participate in inter-squad races and scrimmages on Mercer Lake.  They will not compete in official races and regattas.

This is a beginner level program 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 land training (erging, running and calisthenics) to help improve fitness and technique for the on the water training.

Program Prerequisites:
This program is open to 8th grade students regardless of prior rowing experience. Participation in the summer learn to row program is recommended but not required.

 Sign Up/Registration: 

Registration Link

We use a third party website called RegattaCentral for all of our registrations. If you are having issues with your account please contact RegattaCentral customer support at (614) 360-2922.
Please make sure your account information is up to date, including a current email and emergency contact number. We only utilize this information in the event we need to contact you and in the event of an emergency we need it to be correct! $40 of the registration fee is non-refundable processing fee.

Late Registration Policy: A late fee will be added to any registration that is made 15 days or later after the beginning date of the program or trip.  As of January 1, 2018, the late fee is $15.00/registration.  This fee may be subject to future change or modification.

 Novice Guide:
This helpful guide was prepared by the parent of a Mercer Junior rower to help demystify the sport of rowing. Parents of 8th graders who wish to continue rowing on the Novice team should read through this guide to get a feel for the competitive team.
Novice Parents Guide to Rowing

 Spring Attendance Policy:
As the program grows and we have more athletes rowing on every team, it is important that our coaches are prepared to run practice. To facilitate this, we are asking that all athletes give at least 24 hours notice for a missed practice. We are also asking all of our coaches to come prepared with the boatings for the day already assembled. If an athlete is boated and missed practice without notifying the coach, the athlete will not go out on the water the next day.

In the Absentee Reporting Form (link) you will be directed to our online form for athletes to fill out when they know they will miss a practice. In the event that your absence is within 24 hours please attempt to notify the coach via email, text message, or phone call.

MJRC Blog & Communication

All of our additional communication for the 2018 spring season will be posted on our blog. Please check the blog regularly especially during racing season.

PNRA/Mercer Rowing uses a texting service for last minute changes to practice schedule.  Text ‘PNRA’ to 313131 to sign up for this emergency texting service.


All participants are required to complete an online waiver before the first practice.  Waivers need to be updated on a calendar year basis so ALL rowers need to complete a new waiver for 2018. PNRA uses the USRowing waiver (one form for both USRowing members and non-members) – Use Club Code: ACY67.

For the 8th grade team, rowers only need a “Basic” USRowing membership to sign the waiver. All documents need to be mailed, faxed, or handed in to the PNRA office by the end of the first week of practice.

On-Line Waiver

Required Documents: 
All documents need to be mailed, faxed, or handed in to the PNRA office by the end of the first week of practice. If you participated in one of the Summer Camps, your swim and health forms will already be on file.

Athlete Code of Conduct (Needs to be updated every year)
Swim Test Form (This is one and done)
Medical Form (Needs to be updated every year)


Financial Aid:
Rowing is an expensive sport, but we do not want financial considerations to keep athletes from participating. For these situations we do have a modest amount of financial aid available. To apply please fill out and mail/turn in the form linked below. All information provided will remain confidential.

Financial Aid Form