There will be groups of no more than 10 people who will train together for the duration of the winter. There will be two training locations:
New Jersey Athletic Club (NJAC): Located at 4152 Quakerbridge Rd at the intersection of Clarksville Rd, near the Quakerbridge Mall. There will be two separate training locations at NJAC – the basketball court, and the indoor track. Each location is big enough to have two separate groups of 10 spaced out from each other. This means that there will be a total of no more than 40 people in 4 groups at NJAC.
NJAC staff will take temperatures upon arrival to the facility and athletes will wear a mask at all times when in the facility. Only when athletes are sitting on the erg, will they be allowed to take their mask off. Coxswains will keep their mask on at all times.
Caspersen Boathouse: one group of no more than 10 people will be using the erg room at the boathouse in each time slot. There will be 5 weight/lifting stations set up for 2 people and barriers will be set up to separate the stations.
Mercer coaches will take temperatures as well as a health assessment before each practice at the boathouse. Masks will be worn at all times while at the boathouse including during the lifting workout.
Schedule: The schedule below separates the Varsity Boys and Girls into two groups (A and B) and the Novices into three groups (A, B and C). There are 20 people in each of these groups and they will be separated further into two groups of no more than 10. When we get all the registrations in, we will put people in the groups of no more than 10 which will stay together throughout the winter training. When the workout is at the boathouse, there will be no more than 10 people. Here is the schedule:
Please note that Varsity athletes will have 4 practices per week (3 at NJAC, 1 at boathouse) and Novice athletes will have 3 practices per week (2 at NJAC, 1 at boathouse).
Program Dates: Monday, November 30, 2020 through Saturday, March 13, 2021. If anyone has travelled or seen people outside of their regular bubble over the Thanksgiving break, you will be virtual for the first week and coaches will provide workouts.
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, November 25. We need time to set the groups of 10 before the start of the program.
JV athletes: Boys should have received an email from Coach Aidan indicating that you should register for Varsity. Girls should register for Novice and then we will move people to Varsity based on overall numbers.
**If you are not planning to register for the winter program and you have a borrowed erg from Mercer, you will need to return your erg to insure we have enough ergs to run the winter program**
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.
- To be determined