Middle School Rowing

MIDDLE SCHOOL ROWING

Nereid’s Middle School rowing program is a team program that is open to all middle school athletes of any experience level. Middle School athletes who are new to the sport should visit the Youth Learn-to-Row page to learn more about Nereid’s other options for getting started. The goal of the Middle School rowing program is to teach the athletes the fundamentals of the sport and to give them proper exposure to the sport so that they can determine whether or not they want to pursue it at the more competitive High School level.

The Middle School program practices year-round, however, rowers can sign up for each season separately. You can learn more about each season’s program in the descriptions below, and you can register using the online checkout too towards the bottom of the page.

Summer

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Nereid’s Middle School Summer programs for 2020 are going to be structured differently than in past years. We are offering two types of programs for this summer: an on-water, singles-only program and a virtual program.

On-Water

In order to remain compliant with local and state guidelines, as well as guidelines from USRowing, our on-water program will only be held in single sculls. Rowers will be coached on technique and also undergo workouts to improve fitness while rowing in singles. The goal is for each rower to become more proficient in the single scull by the end of the summer, while also leaving our summer program fitter and faster. 

Due to limited resources this on-water summer program is going to have a lower capacity than usual. This will impact the program in two different ways. First, we will run two sessions a day and rowers will be assigned to one time slot per day in order to allow more rowers to participate. Second, we are going to require rowers to apply for this program and acceptance will be limited based on our available equipment. Rowers will be asked to describe their prior rowing experience and prior experience in a single scull (if any). For safety reasons, acceptance will be based on sculling proficiency. However, this does not mean that rowers with no experience in a single scull should not apply. If we have the space/equipment then we may still accept rowers with no prior experience in a single scull. 

This program will run from June 15th – July 31st and will cost $420. Practices will be held Mondays – Fridays during the following time slots: 8:30 – 10 AM, 10:15 – 11:45 AM, and 12:00 – 1:30 PM. In order to apply for this program please fill out the application at the following link: Summer 2020 Middle School Program Application. Applications will be due by Thursday, June 11th and applicants will be notified regarding their acceptance by the end of Friday, June 12th. Payment is due by the end of Sunday, June 14th. Instructions regarding payment will be emailed to accepted rowers. If you have any questions about Nereid’s programs, please contact our Programs Director, Sarah Kornblum (programs@nereidbc.org) and/or our Head Coach, Dylan Gould (headcoach@nereidbc.org). 

Additional information: Rowers will not have access to the boathouse, with the exception of the boat bays for equipment access. Therefore, rowers are not permitted to bring any unnecessary personal items to practice. Personal items should be left in the car or at home. Rowers will also not have access to our locker rooms or bathrooms, however, a port-o-potty will be on-site for athlete use. Rowers will also be required to wear masks at all times except when actively rowing. Rowers must follow all of the rules previously stated as well as all of Nereid’s COVID-19 Protocols, which can be found at the following link: Click Here.

Virtual

Our virtual Middle School summer program will be aimed at increasing our athletes’ physical fitness and flexibility. We will use Google Meet to hold our virtual practices. Twice a week rowers will be guided through a body-weight circuit by a coach, followed by a group stretch. This program will begin on June 15th and run through July 31st and cost $150, however, anyone who is participating in our on-water program can also participate in this program for only $75. Virtual practice will be held Mondays and Fridays from 2:00 – 3:15 PM. To register for this program only, please use the embedded widget below. If you want to register for this program in addition to our on-water program, then please wait to see if you are accepted into our on-water program before registering for this program. Instructions for registration will be sent separately to those who are accepted into our on-water program. If you have any questions about Nereid’s programs, please contact our Programs Director, Sarah Kornblum (programs@nereidbc.org) and/or our Head Coach, Dylan Gould (headcoach@nereidbc.org).

Fall

The 2019 Fall season will begin on September 3rd for Middle School rowers, and it will end on November 7th. This program is open to both experienced and novice rowers and meets Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6 – 7:30 PM. The goal of this program is to teach rowers proper technique while also physically preparing experienced rowers for racing.

Spring

The 2020 Spring season will begin on March 10th for Middle School rowers, and it will end on June 7th for rowers racing at the U15/U17 Nationals, and May 21st for everyone else. This program is open to both experienced and novice rowers and meets Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6 – 7:30 PM. The goal of this program is to teach rowers proper technique while also physically preparing experienced rowers for racing.

Winter

The 2019 Winter season will begin on December 2nd for Middle School rowers, and it will end on February 28th. This program is open to both experienced and novice rowers and meets Mondays and Fridays from 5:30 – 7:00 PM. The goal of this program is to teach rowers proper technique while also physically preparing experienced rowers for racing.

Opportunities to race will be available to rowers throughout the season, at the coaches’ discretion. A certain level of commitment is expected from each athlete in order to compete. Specific expectations will be discussed at the start of the season. For further questions please contact Dylan Gould at headcoach@nereidbc.org.

*Rutherford Residents receive a 50% discount until participation reaches 25% of the program size, after which the discount is pro-rated across all Rutherford participants. We ask all participants to pay the full program amount, and then we will issue a refund to Rutherford Residents once the final numbers are known. At current participation levels we expect that refund level to be 50%.*

Space is limited and therefore acceptance is not guaranteed and is determined based on seniority, as well as on a first come, first served basis. Nereid reserves the right to modify the program schedule as circumstances change. Should an athlete drop out of a program, no refund will be provided.