Program Dates: Tuesday, September 7, 2021 through Sunday, November 21, 2021
Parent Information Meetings (via Zoom*)
Varsity Parents: Tuesday, September 7 at 8 pm
Novice Parents: Thursday, September 9 at 8 pm
* a zoom link will be sent out via email on Monday, September 6 to all registered participants
Registration Deadline: Thursday, September 2, 2021
Varsity: $850 plus $100 facility fee
Novice: $800 plus $100 facility fee
Tentative Race Schedule:
Saturday, October 9: Head of the Housatonic, Derby, CT (overnight trip for up to 3 varsity boats)
Sunday, October 24: Head of the Charles, Boston, MA (overnight trip for select varsity crews)
Sunday, October 31: Head of the Schuylkill, Philadelphia, PA (day trip for novice boats and tentative for varsity)
Sunday, November 7: Mercer Fall Classic, Mercer Lake, NJ (home regatta for all crews)
Saturday, November 13: Frostbite Regatta, Mercer Lake, NJ (home regatta for all crews)
Sunday, November 14: Braxton Regatta, Mercer Lake, NJ (home regatta for all crews)
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. The 2021 Youth National Championships are scheduled for 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. Covid-19 has also presented some significant challenges and our while we committed to providing a safe and healthy training environment for our Mercer athletes, the structure of this will likely be very different from previous years. Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we navigate the many logistics.
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 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.
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.