Junior Crew

Overview Forms Handbook Maxwell Scholarship

Rowing on a team is an incredible experience! A sense of accomplishment and pride is gained as youth work to meet the physical and mental challenges of the sport of rowing. The rigorous sport also teaches sportsmanship and team camaraderie. The program is open to boys and girls ages 13-18 and in grades 8-12. No exceptions. Classes teach the fundamentals of the stroke as well as boat handling, water safety, and care of equipment. All classes are geared towards competitive rowing.

Regatta Schedule Overview:

Season at a Glance

DateEventEst. PriceSquad
Dec. 21Last day Fall Junior ConditioningNovice/Exp
Jan. 7First day Winter Conditioning: Boys: M/T/W/Th/Sat
Girls: M/W/F
Feb. 1Last day Winter Junior Conditioning GirlsNovice/Exp
Feb. 2Last day Winter Junior Conditioning BoysNovice/Exp
Feb 5First Day Spring Season$675 Exp/$563 NovNovice/Exp
Mar 16Spring Regatta at Green Lake$55Novice/Exp
Mar 30Husky Open~$55Select Exp
Apr 14Rose City Scrimmage, Vancouver Lake, Vancouver, WA~$130Novice/Exp
Apr 26 - 28Brentwood Regatta, Brentwood College, Victoria, BC~$425Novice/Exp
May 4Opening DayfreeSelect Exp
May 16 - 19NW Youth Regionals, Vancouver, WA~$425Novice/Exp
May 21Last Day Spring SeasonNovice/Exp
May 22Awards Celebration at Nile TemplefreeNovice/Exp

Winter/Spring Season Courses:

2019 Spring Junior Crew

Registration begins Tuesday, December 4 at noon.
Boys Conditioning1/7 - 2/2
(no 1/21)
4:15 - 5:45 pm
3:45 – 5:15 pm
7:30 – 9:00 am
Girls Conditioning1/7 - 2/1
(no 1/21)
M/W/F4:15 - 5:45 pm$9010919
Novice Girls2/5 - 5/21
(no 2/18)
Mon - Fri
4:15 - 6:45 pm*
3:30 - 5:30 pm
Novice Boys2/5 - 5/21
(no 2/18)
Mon - Fri
4:15 - 6:45 pm*
3:30 - 5:30 pm
Exp. Girls2/5 - 5/21
(no 2/18)
Mon - Fr
4:15 - 6:45 pm*
3:30 - 5:30 pm
7:00 - 9:00 am
Exp. Boys2/5 - 5/21
(no 2/18)
Mon - Fri
4:15 - 6:45 pm*
3:30 - 5:30 pm
7:00 - 9:00 am
* crew will be only 2 hrs between 2/5 and 3/5, and 2.5 hrs after 3/5

Program Structure Information:

Novice Team
A novice rower is anyone who has no prior rowing experience, regardless of age. Novices start their rowing education with water and boating safety. The safety of our rowers is of utmost importance to the program.
Experienced Team
After rowing through their first spring season, novices move up to row with the experienced crew. Experienced rowers compete at different levels depending on ability, experience, and commitment. Occasionally, there are changes in assignments during the season based on the results of seat racing, “erg” times, and coaches’ assessments of performance and participation.

Terms you may hear include:

  •  “3V” and “4V” – rowers who have completed one spring season of rowing and are in the “third from varsity” or “fourth from varsity” boats.
  • “JV” – the rowers who are one step from the varsity boat
  • “Lightweight varsity” – the fastest lightweight rowers. Rowers in this boat are eligible for varsity letters in the spring. There is also a lightweight category at the Youth Invitationals each year (women must weigh 130 lbs or less, men must weigh 155 lbs or less)
  • “Varsity” – the fastest and most capable rowers

Occasionally, there are changes in assignments during the season based on the results of seat racing, “erg” times, and coaches’ assessments of performance and participation.

Green Lake hosted Regattas


Green Lake hosts three regattas a year: Frostbite (November), Spring (March), and the Summer Extravaganza (August). Hosting regattas requires many volunteers: set-up people, launch drivers, dock masters, finish line workers, food booth helpers, t-shirt sales people, and more. We will put out a call for volunteers through the Junior Crew Update (Constant Contact).

Away Regattas


Getting your rowers to regattas can be challenging. Your child usually needs to be at the course significantly before the races begin, often very early in the morning. The coach will always specify the arrival time in advance. You provide transportation to local events. Green Lake Crew provides chartered buses for races outside the Seattle area. Note that not all rowers race at all venues.

Regatta costs are separate from program fees, and can vary from $45 for a local, one-day event, to several hundred dollars for multi-day events outside of Seattle. If your rower will be racing at a regatta, you will get as much advance notice as we can provide, with a cost breakdown and information about the regatta. At Green Lake Crew, we leave no rower behind for lack of funding, so please ask about financial aid if you need the assistance.

When the crew travels to regattas outside the Seattle area, chaperones are needed. Chaperones travel on the bus or plane with the team, sleep where the team sleeps (often on a gym floor), and help out wherever needed. The Junior Boosters provide food for the team at many regattas. Volunteers set up the food booth, cook, and serve throughout the day, helping to keep the rowers well fed and ready to row.


Unless your teen is able to drive, you will need to arrange transportation to and from Green Lake. Metro Transit routes 16, 26, 48, and 358 serve the Green Lake area. Since practices are every weekday and time on the water is limited, make every effort to get your rower to crew on time. Note: half of each practice involves a land-based workout, and half is on the water. Typically, the boys are working out on land while the girls are on the water, and vice versa.


The coaches expect every rower to participate every day. If an absence is unavoidable, he or she must call the office by 3:00 p.m. and tell his or her coach that they will be absent. However, multiple absences will hurt the athlete’s chances for advancement.

Start and End Times

For Spring 2019, Junior rowing will occur Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 4:15 – 6:45pm, Wednesday from  3:30 until 6pm for all groups but Experienced Boys, who start on Wednesdays at 3:45pm. Experienced Boys and Girls squads will meet on Saturdays from 7 – 9 am.  Because junior rowing is not allowed in the dark, practices start at two hours long and transition to the full time (until 6:45pm) on March 6th.


Rowing continues through midwinter break (in February) and spring breaks (in March/April). Your rower’s success in crew depends to a significant extent on attendance. Please keep this in mind when making vacation plans. Coaches will encourage your family to avoid taking vacations during these school break times.


The best clothing for rowing and land workouts is soft, stretchy, and fairly form fitting. Polypro, CoolMax, and similar fabrics are best because they keep the rower relatively warm even when wet and they dry quickly. Loose clothing can get caught in the slides, so avoid basketball style shorts or warm-ups. Running shoes and socks are needed every day for land workouts. Good running shoes are essential and should be replaced after every 300 or 400 miles of use. Super Jock and Jill (on the north side of the lake) offers a 10% discount to Green Lake rowers.

In addition, the boathouse office sells Green Lake Crew rowing clothing. For regattas, your rower will need a racing tank top, which can be purchased in the boathouse office. Occasionally, unisuits, sweat suits, or t-shirts are ordered by specific boats or by the junior rowing captains for team members.

The following on-line sites may be helpful to you for purchasing practice clothing for your rower: www.jlracing.comwww.regattasport.com, and www.sewsporty.com


Green Lake Crew has two scheduled fundraising events during the year.

In the fall there is an Erg-a-thon, a very low-key event which requires a few chaperones and some people to help set up. If you are a night owl or like early morning events, this may be perfect for you! We bring several ergs out to the Green Lake path and have our rowers keep them moving throughout the day, generating awareness and raising money for the program.

The “Raisin’ of the Green” dinner/auction is our major fundraising/social event. It is held in April. This is one of the most important ways Green Lake raises money to provide all the top of the line rowing equipment and scholarships. Volunteers are needed to help with planning, procurement, and on the day of the event. Green Lake Crew encourages everyone to contribute as generously as possible, and above all to attend the event.


Our final event of the year, in May, is Awards Night, when the rowers are recognized for their hard work and dedication. Volunteers set up, decorate, and serve refreshments.