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Junior Competitive Rowing

Rowing is an amazing sport that never fails to challenge the body, mind, and soul of its participants. At Albany Rowing Center, junior rowers gain strength, perseverance, and passion for the sport as they are coached to perform their best and perhaps discover that their best far exceeds their original expectations. Junior rowing at ARC is open to student-athletes age 12 to 18.

Novice versus Varsity

All rowers in their first year of rowing are considered novices, regardless of age. Novice coaching focuses on improving technique and developing general fitness and strength. Rowers are assessed regularly and evaluated for moving into the varsity group. The varsity group includes those who have achieved criteria set by the Head Coach, including demonstrating competitive erg scores, technical skill and a high level of commitment. ARC recognizes that excellence must be fostered in each rower so that individual and team goals can be set and accomplished. Rowers of all levels, from the beginner to the experienced, are coached to reach their potential.

High School Competition

ARC is a member of the New York State Scholastic Rowing Association, and ARC high school rowers, both novice and varsity, compete in scholastic and club events during the Spring season. Fall season regattas are primarily club events. Non-competitive rowing is an option only in summer.

Modified Junior Rower Program

The modified program is open to 12 to 14 year olds interested in learning how to row. The modified program is a way to get introduced to the sport of rowing in a fun, safe, and supportive environment. Modified rowers are expected to attend 3 practices per week, following the season schedule for the Junior program. Modified rowers are not expected to participate in the same regattas as the junior team - instead, we aim to offer 1 chance to participate in a local scrimmage during the spring and fall seasons, plus concluding Modified Regional Championships events towards the end of the spring and fall seasons (organized by the Section 2 Modified League).


ARC also offers students the opportunity to learn coxswain skills. The coxswain is an essential part of sweep rowing, as essential as the rowers themselves. The job of the coxswain is to steer the boat, help the crew keep the cadence, call out instructions from the coach and provide encouragement during races. The coxswain must be a good communicator.

Swim Test Certification

All participants must know how to swim. A swimmer affirmation must be checked off at registration and the Swim Test Certification Form must be completed. Please make sure your child is able to perform the activities listed in the Swim Test Certification Form. Bring the completed form with you to the first day of camp. Please note: Rowers do not wear life jackets in the boat. The coaching launch is equipped with life jackets for every rower.


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