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Youth Programs

We offer classes and coaching for youth rowers at all skill levels, from brand new beginners to competitors. Course offerings depend on the time of year. Currently, we are offering novice youth rowing beginning Monday, 2/26, and running through Saturday, 5/12. This is open to rowers with less than 1 year of racing experience and open to complete novices with coach's permission.

In addition to practices, the youth rowing squad will attend a variety of regattas, including

  • March 3: Indoor rowing race @ Gaston Day School
  • March 25th weekend: TBD
  • April 14: High Point, NC for North Carolina Youth Rowing State Championships
  • April 28-29 (depart April 27): Oak Ridge, TN for Dogwood Regatta
  • May 11-12 (tentative): Sarasota Florida for SE Regionals (depending on earlier spring results)


Summer Youth Camps Now Available!

We will be offering two youth camps this summer for  athletes to try out the sport of rowing and see if they would like to join on a more permanent basis in the fall. Youth camps are designed for those with little to no rowing experience ages 12-18, and provide rowers with a safe and fun environment to learn the sport. 

Summer camps are staffed by Belmont Rowing Center Youth coaches with aid from current collegiate rowers. See dates and times to the right, and sign up today before spots fill up!

Basic Information about Youth Rowing

Our goal is to provide the opportunity for students of all backgrounds to learn to how to row and ultimately compete on a local and national level. We strive to provide an environment that nurtures development of character, strength of commitment and passion for excellence.

  • Youth rowers need to be at least 14 years of age. (younger with coach's permission)
  • Several of our youth discovered rowing after being sidelined from other sports by concussions.
  • Rowing opens doors for educational opportunities including college scholarships.
  • Athletes of all fitness levels that are willing to work hard are welcome. Crew is a sport where grit and determination lead to success.
  • Rowing is a mentally, physically, and socially transformative lifetime sport. Many youth have found rowing to be the sport that unlocks their inner athlete after not finding much success with ball-sports like soccer, basketball, baseball, or tennis. 
  • Rowing is all about teamwork: without it, the boat will not move successfully through the water. The collective team is greater than the sum of its parts. Learning to work with together is an important life lesson.
  • —Rowing requires mental focus in harmony with physical energy which can translate into improved concentration with school work.
  • Rowing provides a full body workout without stressing joints and is an ideal way to improve fitness/health.
  • While height and strength are advantages for rowers and the ideal coxswain is petite, athletes of all sizes have been successful.
 

College Admissions

For parents and students, one of the primary advantages of high school coxing/rowing is the benefit of improved college admissions. The application process for the best colleges has become more competitive and selective than ever. Crew is the fastest growing NCAA sport and many colleges recruit for crew and some even offer scholarships. Admission improvements for athletes who row/cox are significant and there are many scholarship opportunities.

  • Our alumni currently row for Dartmouth, Princeton, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Richmond. Our alumni were also recruited by Georgetown and the University of Pennsylvania.
  • A past youth rower represented the United States at the Junior World Championships in Lithuania during the summer of 2013.
 

What happens during practices?

In addition to taking boats out and rowing on the water, athletes train at practice in a variety of other ways – on rowing machines (ergs), and running to warm up with some core strengthening and stretching.  
 

Are practices mandatory? 

All rowers are expected to be present for all practices. Rowers cannot improve unless they attend practices and line-ups in the best boats assume that rowers will be there. This is only respectful of both the other athletes on the team as well as the coaches. Should rowers be unable to make one or more practices, particularly if there is a frequent conflict, the individual athlete must inform the coach in advance.
 

What about being late to practice or leaving early?

Most practices start with a coach discussion and warm-up in which rowers will want to participate. Once line-ups are set and boats have launched, late rowers will only be able to do a land workout, typically running or erging at the coach’s discretion. For boats with a pre-determined line-up, late rowers will impact the whole team. Similarly, it is difficult for individual rowers to leave early if the practice is on the water, unless the workout is land training. However, rowers should coordinate potential late arrivals and early departures with their coaches in advance. 

Current Offerings

Youth Summer Camps
June 11th-15th
8:00 AM-10:30 AM

July 9th-13th
8:00 AM-10:30 AM

Fall Rowing
Fall Rowing will begin August 20th
M/T/Thurs/F 4:30-6:30 PM
Saturday 8:30-10:30 AM
Novice and Varsity levels


Wade Glaser, Youth Program Director

Wade rowed for three years on the varsity squad at the University of Virginia in both the varsity 4+ and JV 8+. After earning his BA in 2010, he moved to the Charlotte where he works as a high school physics teacher at Gaston Day School. He started coaching with BRC in 2011, working with both youth and masters rowers at all levels. He also continues to compete himself with a group of former collegiate rowers located in the southeast.

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