Middle School Rowing

Program Structure

Middle School Rowing is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys and girls. Athletes will be trained and matched into boats based on size, technique retention and athletic ability.

The middle school spring and fall seasons run for five Saturday mornings. Summer programs run Monday through Friday with three separate week long sessions offered. Rowers will spend about two hours on the water each day. At the start of each practice we will talk about what we plan to learn and group the kids in to their boats. After each row we recap what was learned, discuss what went well and what we need to work on the next week.

Registration is limited to 24 student athletes per season.

Parent Involvement

Parent involvement is important to our success. Due to the weight of a 60ft. boat, parents are asked to help kids get their equipment down to the docks before practice and back to the racks after practice. Parents are also invited to attend and observe all practices, but may not interfere with a coach’s ability to conduct practice.

For those parents who would like to try rowing, we recommend taking a learn 2 row class. We also offer an adult rowing program throughout the season for those who want to continue or possible compete.

Program Options & Dates

There are three program options, and you are not limited to one option.

Option #1 – 5 rowing sessions total

  • 5 Saturday Rowing Sessions 10am to 11:30am
  • Starts Saturday, August 26 and takes place every other Saturday through October 21
    • August 26, September 9, September 23, October 7, October 21
  • Fee $100
  • Payment can be made by check to Lake Leelanau Rowing or cash at the first session

Option #2 Early Fall – 8 rowing sessions total

  • 4 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday afternoon 4:00pm to 5:30pm
  • Starts on Tuesday, August 29 and continues every Tuesday and Thursday through Thursday, September 21
  • Fee $160
  • Payment can be made by check to Lake Leelanau Rowing or cash at the first session

Option #3 Later Fall – 8 rowing sessions total

  • 4 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday afternoon 4:00pm to 5:30pm
  • Starts Tuesday, September 26 and continues every Tuesday and Thursday through Thursday, October 19
  • Fee $160
  • Payment can be made by check to Lake Leelanau Rowing or cash at the first session

What to Bring

  • Water bottle.
  • Athletic clothing you can easily move in – matching weather conditions. Aside from high winds or thunderstorms, we’ll be on the water.
  • A towel and change of clothes in case it rains or you want to go swimming after practice.
  • Sunscreen!

Waivers & the Rower’s Handbook

We recommend all parents and rowers review our updated rower’s handbook and history, tips & terms documents before registering. All participants must sign and submit our waivers and release of liability before being allowed to row.