2017 Varsity Spring Rowing Program
Spring 2017 Programming Schedule:
Spring Varsity Start Date: Monday, March 6, 2017
Note: Our return to the water is weather dependent.
Spring Varsity End Date: Friday, May 15th, 2017
Spring Race Schedule listed below. End date will depend on which boats qualify for Youth Nationals.
Spring Parents Meeting:
Varsity: Saturday, March 18th, 2017, 9:00 am @ Boathouse
2017 Spring Practice Times:
Varsity – Monday,Wednesday, Thursday,Friday 3:45pm – 6:15pm; Tuesday -OFF
Saturday and Sunday practice times – TBD
The Mercer Rowing Varsity Program is our year round, high performance racing team for high school aged athletes. The teams focus is on training in preparation for competition at the Youth National Championships, which will take place June 7-11, 2017.
While there is a major emphasis on competition within the program, we strive to develop our athletes for long-term success in the sport. The program currently does not make cuts based on ability, but we do require that every athlete is upholding the standards and goals of a nationally competitive team.
The Mercer Varsity Program is open to athletes with at least two seasons (e.g. fall and spring seasons) of novice rowing experience, or by the head coaches’ approval.
All required documents including the medical form, family commitment form, code of conduct, and the parental release form must be handed in to the office. Registration fees must be paid by the start of the season.
MJRC Blog & Communication
All of our additional communication for the 2017 spring season 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 1 (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 case of an emergency we need it to be correct.
$40 of the registration fee is 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 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.
Spring 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 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.
All participants are required to complete an on-line waiver before the first practice. Waivers need to be updated on a calendar year basis ALL Athletes need to complete a new waiver in 2017. PNRA uses the USRowing waiver (one form for both USRowing members and non-members) – Use Club Code: ACY67. If the system can not 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.
Athlete Code of Conduct (Please update every year)
(Note: we only need one swim test on file for each athlete. If you have participated in one of our programs and already handed in the swim test you do not need to perform another.)
Family Commitment Form (Please update every year)
Medical Form (Please update every year)
Rowing is an expensive sport, and we do not want financial considerations to keep athletes from participating. For these situations we do have a small amount of aid available. To apply please fill out and mail the form linked below. All information is confidential.
Spring Racing Schedule
San Diego Crew Classic- April 1-2, 2017. The top Varsity men and women’s boat will attend.
CRI/Gonzaga – April 8-9, 2017. All boats
Mercer Lake Sprints- April 22-23, 2017. All boats
Saratoga Invite- April 29-30, 2017. The top 3 Varsity boats for men and women will attend.
Mid-Atlantic Regionals @ Mercer Lake- May 13-14, 2017. All boats
Youth Nationals June 7-11th – Sarasota FL- Qualifying crews