Novice (1st Year)

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Required Forms and Registration Link

Winter 2019-2020:
Winter Novice Start Date: Monday, December 2, 2019
Winter Novice End Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020

**Winter break begins Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 (last practice will be on Friday, December 20). Practice resumes on Monday, January 6, 2020.

Tryouts for varsity will take place Monday, March 9 through Friday, March 13 (Rowers/coxswains who competed as a novice in the spring AND fall of 2019 will need to tryout for varsity in spring 2020. Rowers/coxswains who started in the fall of 2019 will have one more novice season of eligibility in spring 2020).

Winter Novice Daily Practice Schedule:
Novice Girls and Boys
Tues-Wed-Thurs 5:45-8:00 p.m. Caspersen
Sat 7:15-9:30 a.m. alternate training site (3100 Quakerbridge Rd)

Spring 2020 Novice
Spring Novice Start Date: Monday, March 16, 2020
Spring Novice End Date: Tuesday, May 12 *** MERCER BANQUET** (for all Mercer athletes and parents)
Practice Time: Monday – Friday, 4:15-6:15 pm

MANDATORY Spring Novice Parents Meeting: Saturday, March 21 9:00 AM – Caspersen Boathouse

Spring 2020 Race Weekends 
April 4: TBD (Girls may have a home scrimmage)
April 18-19: Mercer Lake Sprints, Lake Mercer
April 25-26: Saratoga Invite (one novice boys and girls 8 will attend)
May 9-10: USRowing Mid-Atlantic Regionals, Lake Mercer

Summer 2020:
Summer Start: June 10
Summer End: August 10
Summer practice hours: 1-3 pm (effective June 22. From June 10-June 19 practice will remain 4:15-6:15 pm)

Summer 2020 Race Dates:
June 20: Schuylkill-Navy (Philadelphia)
July 18: Philly Youth Regatta (Philadelphia)
August 3-9: Canadian Henley Regatta (St. Catharines, Ontario – select crews)

Fall 2020:
Novice Start: Monday, August 31
Varsity Tryouts: Monday, August 31 – Friday, September 4
Varsity Start: Tuesday, September 8

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.  Practices focus 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).

Program Prerequisites:
This program is open to all 9th-12th grade students with one or fewer seasons of prior competitive rowing experience.  Participation in a prior novice season or one of our novice summer camps 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 a 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.

Novice Parents Guide to Rowing

Attendance Policy:
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. We are asking all of our coaches to come prepared with the boatings for the day already assembled. To facilitate this, we are asking that all athletes give at least 24 hours notice for a missed practice. . 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.

The Absence Reporting Form can be found 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 Registration
Regatta fees are paid in addition to standard programming fees, and are 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.