2020 Summer Youth

2020 Summer Youth

7th–12th Grade

A coached rowing program for youth to learn all aspects of the sport and prepare for competitive races. There’s a place on the team for everyone. Rowing is a sport for everyone! Develops teamwork, fitness, coordination and leadership skills.

CCRA is committed to the health and safety of our rowers and staff. We will be following the recommendations of local authorities and US Rowing regarding COVID-19 concerns. So, our summer program will use small boats only (singles and family doubles/quads), to reduce the possibility of virus spread, and to conform to social distancing guidelines. To further demonstrate a commitment to safety, all sessions will be held on Lake Meahagh, a shallow and protected lake: perfect for small boat rowers, beginner and experienced alike. All rowers and families must read and agree to adhere to CCRA’s COVID-19 Policies and Procedures.

  • 8 week program, runs from July 13 – September 3
  • Coached practices at Lake Meahagh. See info and download map with all locations.
  • Learn the technique and terminology of rowing in one-person sculling boats (the rower has two oars).
  • Water safety.
  • At-home rowing and strengthening workouts posted online.

Fee $275 per youth rower

IMPORTANT NOTE: Summer registration deadline is July 8, no exceptions!


Once per week on water. Rowers will be assigned to one of five slots:

  • Mondays: 5-7:30pm
  • Tuesdays: 5-7:30pm
  • Wednesdays: 5-7:30pm
  • Thursdays: 5-7:30pm
  • Fridays: 5-7:30pm

Practices will take place rain or shine. In the case of extreme weather, practices will take place remotely via Zoom. Be on the lookout for communications via the SportsYou app or text for last minute updates.


For rowers that have successfully passed a CCRA swim test in the past, parents/guardians must sign a waiver stating that their rower can comfortably perform: Swim 50 meters, tread water for 10 minutes, put on a PFD (lifejacket) while in the water.

For new rowers, location and time for a swim test (testing the skills listed above) is TBA.


  • Learn to row basic stroke, using Concept 2 Rowing Machines and on the water rowing
  • View and discuss safety video
  • Learn the parts of the boat and basic commands
  • Tour CCRA’s Verplanck sites (see map)
  • Learn safe entry and exit from boat
  • Drills to refine technical stroke skills
  • Practice to become a competitive rower


Due to COVID-19 concerns, summer regattas have been canceled. However, summer is a great time to work on your technique and endurance, just in case the fall racing season materializes! See the Events and Races Calendar page for regattas that we are hoping to attend in the fall. Races and events will be selected by our coaches based on the competitive potential of the crew and the attitude, attendance, and performance of the individuals throughout the season.


  • Our coaches use the SportsYou App to communicate quickly regarding any updates needed for practices including important change in plans due to weather. Please download and register on the SportsYou App. All registered rowers will receive an invitation to join the Summer 2020 Youth group.
  • Please follow Cortlandt Rowing on Facebook and Instagram. The number of followers counts when we want to show how quickly our club is growing here in our local communities!


  • You must be a current member of US Rowing in order to participate in CCRA activities. Follow registration instructions here.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Summer registration deadline is closed as of July 8, no exceptions!
  • Payment can be made during online registration via PayPay ($5 fee). Or send a check payable to CCRA, and mail to: Cortlandt Community Rowing Association, PO Box 530, Verplanck, NY 10596.

Questions? E-mail [email protected], or call Mrs. Dina Tompkins at (914) 589-9112