Winter Varsity Start Date: Monday, November 18, 2019
Winter Varsity End Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020
**Thanksgiving break: no practice the week of November 25 (there will be practice on Saturday, November 23)
**Winter break begins Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 (last practice will be on Friday, December 20). Practice resumes on Monday, January 6, 2020.
Tryouts for spring will take place Monday, March 9 through Friday, March 13
2019-2020 Winter Varsity Daily Practice Schedule:
Mon-Wed-Fri 4-6:15 p.m. Caspersen
Tues-Thurs 4-6:15 p.m. alternate training site (3100 Quakerbridge Rd)
Sat 7:15-9:30 a.m. Caspersen (optional lift at alternate site 10:15-11 AM)
Mon-Wed-Fri 4-6:15 p.m. alternate training site (3100 Quakerbridge Rd)
Tues-Thurs 4-6:15 p.m. Caspersen
Sat 9:15-11:30 a.m. Caspersen
Varsity tryouts: Monday, March 9-Friday, March 13, 2020
Spring State Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020
Spring End Date: Tuesday, May 12 (for those who are NOT going to Youth Nationals)
*Varsity Boys – please click link above for planned days off
*Varsity Girls – Tuesdays will be off in the spring, practice on Saturday (10:45-1:30) and Sunday (7:30-10:30)
MANDATORY Spring Varsity Parents Meetings:
BOYS: Saturday, March 14 9:00 AM – Caspersen Boathouse
GIRLS: Saturday, March 14 9:45 AM – Caspersen Boathouse
Spring 2020 Race Weekends:
March 1: Row for the Cure – Mercer Indoor, Peddie School
March 28: Deerfield, CBA @ home (BOYS)
March 29: St. Joes Invitational (BOYS) Philadelphia
April 4: Greenwich @ home (GIRLS), CRI Invitational @ Boston (BOYS – two 8s only)
April 11: Lawrenceville and Row New Jersey @ home
April 18-19: Mercer Lake Sprints, Lake Mercer
April 25-26: Saratoga Invite
May 9-10: USRowing Mid-Atlantic Regionals, Lake Mercer
June 11-14: USRowing Youth Nationals (invite only), Sarasota, FL
Summer Start: June 10 (non-Youth Nationals), June 29 (Youth Nationals)
Summer End: August 10
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)
Varsity Tryouts: Monday, August 31 – Friday, September 4
Varsity Start: Tuesday, September 8
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 will take place June 11-14, 2020 in Sarasota, FL.
Due to the success of the Mercer Rowing programs and growing popularity in the sport of rowing, interest in Mercer Junior Rowing has grown steadily in recent years. This attendance has strained the program infrastructure and has made it challenging for the coaching staff to provide a quality experience for all participants.
All athletes interested in the varsity program will be asked to register for a try-out period which will consist of the first week of the season. During this try-out period, athletes will be evaluated by running, erging, and a general fitness test. After try-outs are held, the coaches will post a list of athletes who will be invited to join the team. An invitation to participate in the fall season will not guarantee an invitation to the spring season.
The fall 2019 try-out period for the varsity program will run from September 3-6. There is no tryout period for the novice team at this time.
Payment from varsity rowers for the fall season will be due after the fall roster has been posted at the conclusion of the try-out period.
Selection will be based on the coaches’ assessment and judgment of the following criteria:
- General fitness – Running, body circuits, core, etc.
- Flexibility – Prospective athletes should be flexible enough to perform the stroke correctly and efficiently
- Attitude and coachability
- Overall rowing ability – Skill in the boat, on the ergometer and on land
- Erg fitness and weight-adjusted number – Examples of this might be a 2k, 5k or 6k, 30″, 5 x 5′, 2 x 20′, 2 x 5k or 6k
- Other articulated criteria related to the athlete’s potential competitive performance.
The Mercer Varsity Program is open to athletes with at least two seasons (e.g. fall and spring) of novice rowing experience, or by approval of the head coach.
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 Blog & Communication
All of our additional communication will be posted on our programming blog. You can find the blog by going to our website, www.rowpnra.org, and locating the programs tab at the top. If you hover over the tab a drop down menu will appear, find Mercer Juniors, and another drop down menu will appear for MJRC blog. Please check the blog regularly especially during racing season.
We also use a texting service for urgent communications. Text PNRA to 313131 to sign up for the service.
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 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. 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. You will also be able to find links for registration on the MJRC blog.
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 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 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.
Regattas are mandatory. If you miss a practice you may not be boated for the next regatta.
SAT & ACT Test Dates
The following are test dates for the SAT & ACT. Please be sure to communicate with your coach if you are planning to take one of the tests.
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.
Fall 2019 Race Schedule
- Small Boat Challenge, Saturday-Sunday, October 5-6, Mercer Lake
- Head of the Housatonic, Saturday, October 12, Derby, CT (overnight trip)
- Head of the Charles, Sunday, October 20, Boston, MA (select crews, overnight trip)
- Head of the Schuylkill, Sunday, October 27, Philadelphia, PA
- Mercer Fall Classic, Sunday, November 3, Mercer Lake