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 high school, but the sport is recognized as an official spring sport at many local high schools. 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, but the truth is that 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 8th-12th grade program 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 2016-17 school year. We will 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 deal 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.
Dates and Times
Practice Days & Times for 8th-12th Grade Program:
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
Practice Days & Times for 6th-8th Grade Program:
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)
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 provide rides to and from practice for Medford middle school and high schools (as well as St. Mary's). Please contact us for details.
We have worked racing fees in to the program fee. You receive everything you need to get to and from races. This includes transportation with the team, hotel rooms (when needed), boat transport, entry fees, food at races, etc.
2017 Spring Races
Sunday, April 9 - Home Race at Emigrant Lake vs. South Eugene Junior Crew
Sat-Sun, April 22-23 - Covered Bridge Regatta, Eugene, OR
Sunday, April 30 - Home Race at Emigrant Lake vs. Humbolt Juniors
Fri-Sun, May 19-21 - NW Junior Rowing Championships, Vancouver, WA
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 Rowersmust 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 2016-2017
Medical History (complete online) – Please complete once for 2016-2017
Permission to Treat (complete online) – Please complete once for 2016-2017
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 do allow new rowers to try the team and sport a few times before having to commit financially. 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.The below prices are for the 8th-12th grade program that includes races:
Fall (September – January) – $750*
Spring (February – May) – $890*
Races include transportation, hotel rooms as needed, equipment transport, entry fees and food while at the race.
The below prices are for the 6th-8th grade program that does not include races and less practice days:
Fall (September – January) – $300*
Spring (February – May) – $350*
*An initial deposit of $200 is due within the first week of starting practice. Please request a payment plan if you do not want to pay the entire payment on this date.
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:
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).