Nereid’s Novice program is for both Boys and Girls. The Novice program is our introductory program to the racing team. Athletes are considered Novices if they are in their first year of competition. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY TO BE ELIGIBLE!

Spring Schedule: March 7th – May 27th* 

*(exception for athletes going to Youth Nationals)*

Practices will be held Monday-Friday 3:45pm – 6pm, and Saturday 10am-12pm

Spring Cost: $1,550

Spring Race Schedule:

March 27th: Metropolitan Youth Speed Order (Overpeck, NJ)

April 9th: Scrimmage with Port Rowing/Connecticut Boat Club (Home)

April 23rd-24th: Mercer Sprints (West Windsor, NJ)

May 1st: Cooper Cup (Camden, NJ)

May 14th-15th: Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships (West Windsor, NJ)

June 9th-12th: Youth National Championships (Sarasota, FL)***qualifying athletes only***


In order to be placed on Novice, athletes must be evaluated by the Nereid coaches, either during the pre-season in August, or for those that join later in the year, during a two week period in the Winter.

Coaches are evaluating an athletes work ethic, attitude and enthusiasm. Every athlete that has competitive aspirations is encouraged to try out for Novice! Once the tryout period is completed, coaches with inform the athletes who have earned a spot on the Novice Team!

If an athlete completes tryouts and is not ready for the Novice team, they will be invited to join or remain on the Middle School or Recreational team. Moving from Recreational and Middle School to Novice during the season/year will be dependent on an athletes development! If rowing competitively is something you really want; show it!

Once on the Novice Team, athletes will be expected to attend all practices. Athletes are allowed five excused absences and must communicate with the Head Coach prior to the absence. Athletes that miss more than the allowed numbers of practice may not be allowed to compete at races. Time management and communication are essential to being a successful student athlete!

Athletes on Novice will be learning skills like discipline, time management, worth ethic and an enthusiasm for the sport of rowing. These skills will not only help them move to Varsity, but throughout their lives!

You can register for this using the online checkout tool below.

You must complete a swim test ( click here) and complete the USRowing waiver prior to participation. (Link below)

Please contact our Head of Programs ( or our Head Coach ( with any questions about the program or your eligibility!