The SA Competitive Program is a co-ed program for athletes that are interested in, and devoted to advancing their rowing skills in a competitive environment. Whether you are focused on a rowing scholarship or just love competing, we have a place for you. Our Program includes both Novice Squad and Varsity Squad Programs.
Successful athletes are dedicated to rigorous conditioning training, are able to meet the demands of aggressive technique drills and are enthusiastic about training for competition against other clubs within the Southeast Region for a shot at competing in the National Championships. Within the competitive programs, rowers are expected to earn their seat in the boat, to be committed to consistent participation and attendance, and to invest in becoming the best athlete possible.
Within the competitive programs, rowers are expected to train hard and earn their seat in the boat, to be committed to consistent participation and attendance, and to invest in becoming the best athlete possible.
Our coaches are dedicated to the development of our athletes and expect all young men and women who choose to become a part of this program to match this investment. In return, our athletes become a part of one of the most successful youth rowing programs, excelling at both the regional and national levels, and attracting the attention of some of the most prestigious Collegiate Programs in the county. In short, our Competitive Program is perfect for athletes aspiring to carry on our Tradition of Excellence.
Athletes eligible for competition are 9th through 12th-grade with some exceptions being made for 8th graders that have coach approval. These squads are for both new and returning SARC athletes.
The Varsity Squads are for the top level athletes who have competed for more than a year and are committed to rigorous conditioning and training for competition. Eligible athletes are 9th-12th grade. Advanced Sculling is integrated into this program, providing an opportunity to train and compete in both disciplines.
Spring Season Registration
Varsity Spring Season Training beings on January 25th, and will focus on improving technique, racing strategy, and conditioning in preparation for spring racing. We will alternate land and water days with a minimum of 3 days on the water as temp allow.
Men's Varsity Practice - Monday through Friday @ 4:30-6:30 pm, Saturday @ 6:30-9:00 am 8:00-10:30am.
Women's Varsity Practice - Monday through Friday @ 4:45-6:45 pm, Saturday @ 7:15-9:45am.
The Novice Squads are for athletes interested in learning and/or improving rowing skills, strength training, and conditioning for competition. Eligible athletes are 9th-12th grade with some exceptions being made for 8th graders with coach approval. Basic Sculling is integrated into this program, providing an opportunity to train and compete at a Novice level in both disciplines. No prior experience is necessary for any High School student!
Spring Season Registration
Novice Spring Season Training beings on January 25th, and will focus on developing proper technique and conditioning in preparation for spring racing. We will alternate land and water days with a minimum of 3 days on the water as temp allow.
Men's Novice Practice - Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri @ 4:30-6:30 pm, Saturday @ 6:30-9:00 am 8:00-10:30am.
Women's Novice Practice - Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri @ 4:45-6:45 pm, Saturday @ 7:15-9:45am.
* Wednesday training is optional for all Novice Rowers.
Attendance Requirements – The SARC competitive program requires athletes to attend at least 90% of scheduled workouts. Every rower has a direct impact on the team’s ability to progress and improve throughout the season. An unplanned absence has a significant impact on the entire team and may even cause the squad to miss practice on the water.
Although coaches would like for all athletes to attend as many practices as possible, academics MUST come first. If a rower is required to be absent from practice due to grades, please notify your coach immediately so we can arrange remote workouts.
Code of Conduct – The St. Andrew Rowing Club operates on the philosophy that all rowers and coxswains have the right to learn the sport of rowing in an environment that is safe and productive and is not filled with disruptive behavior by other athletes. SA has guidelines for maintaining such an atmosphere during practices, regattas, and other club-sponsored events.
Proper conduct involves a close partnership between athletes, parents, and coaches. All are encouraged to become familiar with the conduct categories and disciplinary actions.