Mercer Junior Rowing – Spring 2019 Novice Program
Spring 2019 Schedule:
Spring Novice Start Date: Monday, March 18
Spring Novice End Date: Monday, May 13
Mandatory Spring Parents Meeting:
Saturday, March 23, 9:00 AM, at the Caspersen Boathouse
2019 Spring Practice Times:
Monday-Friday 4:15pm – 6:15pm
*Saturday practice at coaches’ discretion*
Spring Novice race schedule listed below.
Novice Program Overview
The Mercer Novice Team is our introductory competitive rowing program for athletes from 9-12th grade. The program is designed to prepare young athletes to successfully train and race on the Mercer Varsity Team.
While our varsity 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 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 a lot of land training (erging, running and calisthenics) to help improve fitness and technique for on the water training.
This program is open to all 9th-12th grade students regardless of prior rowing experience. Participation in a prior novice season or one of our novice summer camps is recommended but not required.
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 $15 late fee will be added to any registration that is not paid within 2 weeks of the start of the season or the date of the event.
Novice Guide: This helpful guide was prepared by the parent of a Mercer Junior rower to help demystify the sport of rowing.
As the program grows and we have more athletes rowing on every team, it is more 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’s boat will not go out on the water that day and the athlete will be on land the following day.
In the Absence Reporting Form HERE 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.
Rowing is a team sport. For optimal team performance, a crew needs to practice together to prepare for competition. Therefore, being absent from practice is a factor in determining race line-ups.
Regatta fees are paid in addition to standard programming fees, and only required for away races. A registration link will be posted on the blog at least 7 days prior to the event and should be paid by the day of the event. A $15 late fee will be assessed if payment is not made within 2 weeks of the event.
MJRC Blog & Communication
All of our additional communication 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.
Novice Spring 2019 Race Schedule
- Saturday, March 30, Metropolitan Youth Speed Order (tentative): Passaic River, NJ
- Saturday, April 6, Neczypor Regatta (tentative): Cooper River, Camden, NJ
- Friday, April 19-Saturday, April 20, Mercer Lake Sprints: Mercer Lake
- Saturday, April 27-Sunday, April 28, Saratoga Invite: Saratoga Springs, NY, top novice 8. This is an overnight regatta.
- Saturday, May 11-Sunday, May 12, USRowing Mid-Atlantic Regionals: Mercer Lake