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Junior Crews

Youth Program Overview

The Junior Program is made up of four squads (men, women, and women, and middle school crews), that practice and compete in various age based categories. Athletes attend practice after school during the week and on select weekend days in the morning. 

LGRC competes in the Southwest region, one of the strongest areas in the nation for junior rowing. The competition is fierce, with many of the region’s clubs, including LGRC, boasting national champions. 

The sport of rowing has many benefits. It’s a great way to improve fitness, make lasting friendships and have fun. Once mastered, rowing and the values it instills will last throughout an athlete's life.  No experience required to join either the novice or middle school 1 crews. LGRC has a no-cut policy so everyone is welcome to come out and learn to row. 

We are committed to helping our juniors become not only great student-athletes, but also exceptional young men and women. Our athletes are regularly recruited to row at colleges and universities across the country.

First Year (Novice) High School Squads- Fall of each Year
In the Fall of each year, the men's and women's novice squads consist of first-year athletes, ages 14-18, regardless of their year in high school.  These athletes then combine with the returning or experienced rowers at the start of the Spring season for both practices and competitions.    

High School Varsity Squads
The high school varsity squads consist of athletes that have completed the novice Fall rowing program, regardless of their year in high school.  Practices are 5 - 6 days a week. Rowing is a demanding sport but the rewards are great. Rowers are recognized as being disciplined, focused, supportive, and team-oriented individuals. In the Spring of each year, the Novice and Varsity Squads combine into a Men's and Women's team and compete in various events in the following age categories: U15, U16, U17, and Youth U19 but includes seniors that may be turning 19 in the Fall of that year).

Middle School Squads 
Our middle school programs are designed to prepare younger athletes for high school sports and are comprised of first-time athletes in the 6th to 8th grade. These co-ed squads meet twice a week for 8-10 weeks and focus on building coordination and condition growing bodies, in addition to rowing technique.

Although they do not compete outside of LGRC, the spirit of competition is maintained through drills and competitions both on and off the water. Due to resource constraints, both middle school programs are limited and filled on a first come, first served basis.

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