2020 Spring Youth

2020 Spring 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.

  • 14 week program, runs from February 25 – June 7
  • Coached practices at CCRA Indoors, on Lake Meahagh and the Hudson River at the Cortlandt Waterfront. See info and download map with all locations.
  • Learn the technique and terminology of rowing in different sizes of sleek, safe boats.
  • Strength training
  • Water safety
  • A sport for everyone! Develops teamwork, fitness, coordination and leadership skills.

Rowers must register within two weeks of the spring season start, or wait until the summer session.

Fee $375 per youth rower: includes coaching and 3-4 race fees.


Five days/week:

  • Tuesday: 5-7pm; until 7:30pm when outdoors
  • Wednesday: 5-7pm; until 7:30pm when outdoors
  • Thursday: 5-7pm; until 7:30pm when outdoors
  • Friday: 5-7pm; until 7:30pm when outdoors
  • Sunday: 10:00am–Noon; start at 9:30am when outdoors

Location is weather dependent, be on lookout for communications via email and text.


All team members must pass a swim test each calendar year consisting of: Swim 50 meters, tread water for 10 minutes, put on a PFD (lifejacket) while in the water. This is for your safety.

Swim test: date and time TBA.


This year begins a new USRowing’s Junior Lightweight Compliance Program for student-athletes wishing to race in lightweight events. This evidence-based protocol is designed to ensure that participating athletes are “true” lightweights and do not lose weight in order to meet weight standards, focusing on the health and safety of our youth rowers. Participating athletes MUST certified by a healthcare professional (e.g., primary care provider, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant). 

The maximum weight for boys is 150 lbs. and for girls is 130 lbs.

For any student-athlete planning to compete as a lightweight rower during the upcoming spring/summer season, there are several actions that must be completed in order for your child to compete. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS AND TAKE NOTE OF THE UPCOMING DEADLINES. We encourage you to take immediate action. Our coaches can help you with any questions in this process.


  • Learn to row basic stroke, using Concept 2 Rowing Machines and on the water rowing
  • Row in offsite indoor tanks, to simulate on-water rowing and learn oar technique: See details on the Events calendar (Sunday, March 1 at West Point)
  • 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
  • Sweep and Scull rowing in different boat configurations
  • Team drills to refine technical stroke skills
  • Practice to become a competitive rower
  • Attend local scholastic regattas as a team


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