Junior Rowing at Rogue Rowing
School Year Program Intro
The Junior Rowing Program offers rowing for high school and junior high school age boys and girls in the Rogue Valley. We are not any one school, but the sport is recognized as an official spring sport at many local high schools. We off a middle school program that does not travel to races but teaches the joy of rowing to 6-8th graders. Some middle schoolers choose to join our Racing Team which runs through High School. No experience is necessary to get started and we are always looking for new members to join our competitive pursuits. Without realizing it, rowing teaches endless lessons such as teamwork, commitment, time management, respect, a strong work ethic that junior rowers take with them for the rest of their life. We train on Emigrant Lake from the Rogue Rowing boathouse. The reasons junior rowers try the sport in the first place are endless; it is one of the fastest growing sports in the country with more college scholarship opportunities per high school athlete then any other sport.
Ages/Grades eligible to participate
6th-12th graders are currently being accepted. We have two different programs that work very closely together. Our racing team is open to 8-12th graders (7th graders can be accepted depending on the individual) has practice five days a week and attends races. Our program for 6th-8th graders does not attend races and practices three days a week. 8th graders are allowed to choose which program they will participate with.
Seasons & Costs
The team will have practice throughout the entire 2017-18 school year. We have some members of the team that participate in other sports or activities at times during the year and come back to our team when they are able. The fees for this year are listed on the on the right side of this page. We are one of the most affordable and best deals for a junior rowing team in the country. We also are able to work with individuals to break-up payment as needed and/or provide scholarships as much as possible. PLEASE try the sport before you decide it is too expensive--the payback kids and families can get from the experience and college opportunities can be priceless!
Dates and Times
Practice Days & Times for Racing Team Program (Sept-May):
4:15-6:45 pm Tuesday-Friday (it is ok to arrive late if your school does not get out early enough to arrive on time)
8:00-10:30 am Saturday
Practices December-February may end earlier.
Practice Days & Times for Middle School Program (Sept-Nov, Mar-May):
4:15-6:45 pm Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (it is ok to arrive late if your school does not get out early enough to arrive on time)
(No Wednesday or Saturday)
No practices Dec-Feb but individuals may discuss joining the racing team practices during this time.
Full Team Practice Starts Tuesday, September 5th
Preseason Workouts (free!) will take place Tues, Aug 29-Fri, Sep 1 from 4:15-6:15 for anyone wanting to get their season started. These workouts are highly suggested to anyone wanting to make top boats in the fall!
2 week long camps are offered for both the middle school and racing team programs for those considering joining for the full fall-season. This two weeks runs Tues, Sept 5 - Sat, Sept 16. The cost for this camp is $100. Payment arrangements for the rest of the program is expected at the end of this two weeks. This can include requests for scholarship, payment plan requests, etc. The $100 for this two week camp is deducted for the rest of the fall season fee.
New rowers are encouraged to contact us after this fall start date! We may make you wait a few weeks before trying it out depending on what our current practices are focused on (for example if we are too close to a race we may not be able to have new rowers come try it out). We usually get a lot of new rowers in the winter and into the early spring. We will likely have another two-week camp in February or early March.
The Ashland school district has a bus route that runs to the lake for the entire school year. Rides home need to be coordinated. We attempt to offer as many rides as possible to and from practice for Medford middle school and high schools as well as St. Mary's (our club purchased a 15-passenger van for this purpose). We plan to have two shuttles running to practice from Medford. These shuttles will run Tues-Fri practices TO practices but rides home will need to be coordinated by rowers (we can help with these carpools). In the fall of 2017 we will charge $40 for each September, October and November/December or $100 for Sept-Dec if paid within the first week. New rowers receive free transport for their first month.
All racing members will need to become USRowing members which is currently $45 per year and can be purchased on the USRowing website (good for 12 months from purchase date).
We provide many fundraising opportunities for our rowers to offset fees they need to pay in order to travel. We also are able to help with scholarships from our club so we make sure everyone on the team is able to participate in the races.
Our race fees will be separate from the program fee. For this fee you receive everything you need to get to and from and during the races. This includes transportation with the team, hotel rooms (when needed), boat transport, entry fees, food at races, etc. Out of town travel usually ranges between $150-$250 each depending on things such as distance, number of overnights, entry fees. We have one planned team race in the fall and another that we will discuss taking some of the team to. In the spring we plan to travel to at least two large races. In addition we try and set up some smaller dual races with one or two other teams either on our lake or travel to their location. These are usually no to low additional fees.
2017 Fall Races
Sunday, October 1 - Varsity option only - Head of the Dog, Portland, OR - Cost TBD - Varsity (returning) rowers will have the option to race small boats in Portland.
Saturday, October 28 - FULL TEAM - Head of the American Regatta, Sacramento, CA - Cost will be $180
Sat or Sun, November 4 or 5 - Full Team - Race Details TBA
Sunday, November 12 - Partial team TBD - Head of the Lagoon, Foster City, CA - Cost tba and depends on number able and chosen to attend. This will be a select group that get to go.
2018 Spring Break - Lake Shasta!
Our team benefited greatly in 2017 from a team spring break training trip to Lake Shasta. We stayed in cabins on the lake and rowed at least twice a day for a stretch of five days. 2018 spring break is March 24 - April 1 and we plan to take the racing team down there again this year. It is a great week of training before the majority of our spring racing season begins.
2018 Spring Races
More races will be included but please save these dates:
Sat-Sun April 14-15 - FULL TEAM - Covered Bridge Regatta, Eugene, OR
Fri-Sun, May 18-20 - FULL TEAM - Northwest Youth Rowing Championships, Vancouver, WA
Last year during Dec-Feb we moved our rowing machines to Arete Crossfit in Ashland and were able to train in their facility. We had some practices we would meet at the lake to go on the water, but mother nature does not allow it every day. This timing is communicated to members and if you are thinking of trying out a practice during this time, please contact us and we will let you know where we will be meeting.
Rick Brown Bio
Meet Rogue Rowing's head coach, Rick Brown, from the eyes of collegiate rowers who rowed for him in high school. Rick will be the Head Coach of the Junior Program and work with all the rowers on the team:
Scholarship Rower at the University of Louisville
“Rowing under the guidance of Rick Brown for five years has been the greatest experience I could have ever asked for. He equips his rowers with the necessary skills and knowledge to be successful at any Division 1 rowing program along with anything else they want to achieve in life. I would have never had the confidence to pursue collegiate rowing if it weren’t for Rick. I am grateful for everything he has done for me along with many others. A relationship with the Brown family isn’t just a coach/rower relationship. They care about all the different things in your life and want to help you in any way possible. With such a great coach, it’s hard not to fall in love with rowing.”
Scholarship Rower at Northeastern University
“I cannot imagine where I would be had I not rowed four years under the guidance of Rick Brown. His coaching abilities enabled me to compete and earn medals at the national level two years in a row. There were many similarities between his training program at the high school level and what I experienced in my first year rowing at the collegiate level. There are several life lessons that rowing can teach, and Rick certainly enables his athletes to learn them. I will truly miss Rick because to me (and so many others) he is far more than just a high school rowing coach; he is a mentor and a friend.”
Scholarship Rower at the Ohio State University (2015 NCAA D1 Champs)
“I had the pleasure of rowing under Rick and Robin Brown for my entire high school rowing career (five years). Rick was always there to guide me along my recruiting journey, he truly cared that I ended up somewhere I would thrive as an athlete, and a student. I wouldn’t be the rower I am today without the preparation and guidance of the Browns.”
RR’s junior coaches are OSAA compliant.
Summer Rowing Programs
Summer rowing is available to juniors through various RR programs. Check out the details!
Email Rick Brown or call him at 412-735-0295
Registration & Payments
Completed paperwork is needed for the first day of practice. Much of this “paper” should be done online (see below).
What is needed to get started:
- Email Coach Brown to tell him when you’d like to come to a practice (we accept new rowers for almost the entire year, but please check with us first).
- All Junior Rowers must complete the following RR paperwork (much of it needs to be completed by a parent or guardian):
Registration Form (complete online) – Please complete once for 2017-2018
Medical History (complete online) – Please complete once for 2017-2018
Permission to Treat (complete online) – Please complete once for 2017-2018
Club (Noara) Waiver Waiver (bring a paper copy with you to your first practice or mail it in ahead of time) – We need this once per calendar year.
Float Test (needed at the beginning of your rowing career). – We need this only at the beginning of rowing career with us.
- Payment: The team has two financial seasons even though we will have practice for the entire school year. The seasons and payments are listed below. No discounts are given for rowers who may miss some of the season or practices for any reason. We offer a two-week camp for $100 at the beginning of the fall season to allow individuals to try the team before committing for the entire season. We will consider doing this at other times of the year and we can also be flexible with requests for payment plans and do have a limited number of scholarships available. We also provide fundraising opportunities to be able to work off some of your fees. Please email Coach Brown if that is needed as we feel strongly that the financial side should not be a reason someone is unable to participate. Many rowers play another sport and come to us when they aren't playing that sport. The club policy in general is to not process refunds after the initial start date.
Racing Team Prices
Fall (September – January) – $475
Spring (February – May) – $475
Race fees are separate and include transportation, hotel rooms as needed, equipment transport, entry fees and food while at the race. Out of town travel usually ranges between $150-250 per race depending on things such as distance, number of overnights, entry fees, etc.
Middle School Program Prices
Fall (September – November) – $350
Spring (March – May) – $350
Middle School participants are welcome to join the racing team for the months of Dec-Feb for an additional $150.
*An initial deposit of $100 is due on the first day. Please talk to about requesting a payment plan or scholarship if any arrangements need to be made in order for you to participate. We strongly believe that everyone should be allowed to row and we work to make that happen for anyone interested regardless of ability to pay.
Make checks out to "Rogue Rowing". Payment can be brought with you to practice or mailed to 175 Emigrant Lake Rd., Ashland, OR 97520
We do accept credit cards for a small additional fee.
Specific paperwork for Spring Season (but please work to complete it before the spring season!):
Ashland, South Medford and North Medford High School students need to complete some paperwork through their school. AHS info is listed here. You must turn this paperwork into your athletic office before you can start practice. The Athletic office will notify us (and you with missing paperwork).