Novice (1st Year)

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Mercer Junior Rowing – Fall 2017 Novice Program

Fall 2017 Schedule:
Fall Novice Start Date: Wednesday, September 6th
Fall Novice End Date: Friday, November 17th

Mandatory Fall Parents Meeting:
September 16th, 9:00 AM, at the Caspersen Boathouse

2017 Fall Novice Practice Times:
Monday-Friday 4:00pm – 6:00pm
*Saturday practice at coaches’ discretion*

Fall 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.

Development Team Overview

If your athlete is in the 8th Grade, they will be part of the Development Team.  We believe that 8th graders need 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.  Please see our 8th Grade Development Team Page for more information.

Program Prerequisites:

This program is open to all 9th-12th grade students regardless of prior rowing experience.  Participation in the spring novice program 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 non-refundable processing fee.

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

Fall 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. 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 Absentee Reporting Form (link above) 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. 


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 2017. PNRA uses the USRowing waiver (one form for both USRowing members and non-members) – Use Club Code: ACY67. If the system cannot find your record, it will prompt you to create a new record. 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 the Summer Camps, your forms are already on file.

Athlete Code of Conduct (Needs to be updated every year)

Swim Test Form (This is one and done, we only need one on file)

Family Commitment Form (Needs to be updated every year)

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

 Regatta Registration

Regatta fees are paid in addition to standard programming fees, and only required for away races. To register for a PNRA event or regatta please find the registration link in left side menu bar of this page. Links will be posted at least 7 days before the event and should be paid by the day of the event. You will also be able to find links for registration on the MJRC blog.

 MJRC Blog & Communication

All of our additional communication for the 2017 fall 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.











Novice Fall 2017 Race Schedule

Mercer Lake Challenge- Scrimmage against the teams from our boathouse, date TBA. This event will occur during regular practice time.

Head of the Halloween @ Mercer Lake- This head race will feature mixed lineups and costumes that athletes can row in! Saturday, October 28th, 10 AM-1 PM. Snacks will be served after at the boathouse.

Head of the Schuylkill @ Schuylkill River, Philadelphia- Only the top boat(s) for novice men and women will be invited to this race. Sunday, October 29th, 7 AM-12 PM (approximately). This race requires an additional fee.

Braxton Regatta @ Mercer Lake- All novice boats that can safely compete will race a 2k on our lake. Sunday, November 12th, times TBA.