Varsity

Fall 2022

Click here for Absence Reporting Form 

Required Forms and Registration Link 

COVID-19 Protocols

Program Dates: Tuesday, September 6 through Friday, November 18

Parent Information Meetings (via Zoom*)

Varsity Parents: Tuesday, September 6 at 8 pm
Novice Parents: Thursday, September 8 at 8 pm

* a zoom link will be sent out via email on Monday, September 5 to all registered participants

Registration Fees:

Varsity: $925 plus $100 facility fee
Novice: $825 plus $100 facility fee

Practice Schedule:

The exact practice schedule is still to be determined. Varsity athletes should plan on 6 days a week. Practices on the week days will be 4 to 6:45 pm. Time for weekends will be determined by each Head Coach for Girls and Boys.

Tentative Race Schedule:

Saturday, October 8: Head of the Housatonic, New Haven, CT (tentative three 8’s of Boys and Girls)

Saturday-Sunday, October 21-23: Head of the Charles, Boston, MA (TBD on total number of varsity boats)

Sunday, November 6: Mercer Fall Classic, Mercer Lake, NJ (all crews)

Saturday-Sunday, November 12-13: Frostbite & Braxton Regattas, Mercer Lake, NJ (all crews)

Registration Link

Program Overview:
The Mercer Rowing Varsity Program is our year-round, high-performance racing team for high school-aged athletes. The team focus is on training in preparation for competition at the Youth National Championships, which are held in June (2023 location is TBD).

Due to the success of the Mercer Rowing programs and growing popularity in the sport of rowing, interest in the Mercer Junior Rowing Program has grown steadily in recent years. The Varsity Program is open to athletes with at least two seasons (e.g. fall and spring) of novice rowing or by approval of the head coach. There are typically no cuts made, however there might be Tryouts to make Varsity if the number of athletes warrants this and there may be a JV team to further develop athletes after their novice year. While race results and national success is a primary goal of the program, just as important is individual athlete development and growth. Every person has a different journey in their athletic development and the coaches strive to maximize each athlete’s potential.

Transportation
MJRC does not provide transportation to/from the boathouse for practice. There is a Facebook page for parents (Parents of MJRC) where parents can coordinate carpools. This is a closed group only for parents and you must be a current Mercer Parent to be accepted.

Guide to Boat Selection

Programming Prerequisite:
All required documents including the medical form, online waiver and photo release, family commitment form, code of conduct, team rules and travel guidelines must be handed into the office. Registration fees must be paid by the start of the season. A late fee of $15 will be assessed if payment is not made within 2 weeks of the start of the season.

MJRC Communication
We use a texting service for urgent communications.  Text PNRA to 609-785-3252 to sign up for the service.

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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 if there’s an emergency we need it to be correct.

$40 of the registration fee is a non-refundable processing fee.

Regatta Registration
Regatta fees (aka Trip Fees) are paid in addition to standard programming fees. To register for a PNRA event or regatta please find the registration link in left side menu bar of this page.  The link to RegattaCentral will be posted under trip fees. Links will be posted 1-2 weeks before the event and should be paid by the day of the event. Again, a $15 late fee will be assessed if payment is not made within 2 weeks of the event.

Attendance Policy
Mercer Mens Ltwt 4As 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 of 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.

In the Absence 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.

Regattas are mandatory. If you miss a practice you may not be boated for the next regatta.

SAT & ACT Test Dates
The test dates for the SAT & ACT may conflict with Mercer regattas and practices. Please be sure to communicate with your coach if you are planning to take one of these tests.

College Visits
Communicate with your coach before you schedule college visits (unofficial or official) to be sure you are not missing a crucial day(s) of practice.