In January 2011, the Treasure Coast Rowing Club (TCRC) Juniors program was formed for students from high schools in Martin, southern St Lucie and northern Palm Beach counties. The Juniors program has expanded and is currently available for students (girls and boys) in Grades 8 to 12.
Recently TCRC was granted “Club Sport Status” by the Martin County School District, which allows our Varsity Level rowers to earn Athletic Letters in Crew through their respective high schools.
TCRC’s Junior rowers compete in regattas (rowing races) across the state of Florida. TCRC is proud to have rowers continue rowing in college. Currently there are rowers at Stetson, UF, and Cornell.
Everything you ever wanted to know about rowing at TCRC. Sculling, sweeping, safety guidelines, and general policies are covered in this comprehensive handbook. Download the Juniors Handbook here .
Juniors Practice Schedule and Regattas
There are 2 main seasons for rowing: Fall (August thru mid-December) and Spring (January thru May). Special rates and practice sessions apply for new rowers and returning junior rowers during summer.
Rowers practice with teams in 8-person, 4-person, and 2-person boats on the water to prepare for regattas. Practices may also include recording erg scores and exercising at the gym for strength training.
Practices are typically held after school, but may vary slightly, depending on the coach. Change of practice times and/or venue are communicated at practice or via TeamApp. If a rower cannot attend a practice, use the Not Able to Attend menu option in TeamApp to communicate in advance. An entire boat is affected if a rower does not show up for practice.
The season schedules for 2015 are listed as follows:
Summer practice team schedule
Fall practice team schedule
(Note – 8th grade students will come to practice immediately after school lets out…last season our 8th graders arrived around 4:15 pm)
Teams participate each season in 3 -10 regattas. Regattas are usually a one-day Saturday racing event requiring travel within the state (e.g., Sarasota, Orlando, Miami). An overnight hotel stay is usually necessary for an early 7:00 a.m. regatta start time. Negotiated group hotel rates are posted for each event in the TeamApp. It is each rower’s responsibility to book a room and provide transportation to regattas. Note: Districts and Nationals for the Varsity rowers may require travel out of state for more than one night.
The night before a regatta, dinner is often brought in to the hotel at a nominal fee for convenience and to avoid large group reservations. Sign-up for dinner and regatta volunteer opportunities, as required, through Sign-up Genius. A Sign-Up Genius link is provided for each event via TeamApp.
Juniors Membership Fees
The Juniors membership fee includes coaching fees, boathouse fees, and regatta fees (including regatta tent and food). The fees do not include hotel (travel) accommodations, uni-suits, or gym memberships.
There are 2 seasons: Fall (August thru mid-December) and Spring (January thru May):
Dues for Fall 2015 will be collected starting August 10th with a deadline of August 31st:
Additional costs to consider:
Note: December training camps offered through winter vacation; Summer training camps will be offered for Learn to Row, Learn to Race, and returning Junior Rowers. Schedule and cost TBD for both.
TCRC Financial Assistance Program
We realize that the above dues can be steep for some families. Rowing is an expensive sport, but as a community organization, we try hard to include everyone.
Crew families with multiple rowers will receive a 25% discount on 2nd, 3rd,… rower membership fees.
Financial Aid applications due by August 20, 2015. Review of applications will be completed when all applications are received.
Awarded financial aid is applied towards the fall season fees. The $200 equipment fee is required of everyone by the deadline of Aug 31st.
If you would like to get more information about this program, please contact Coach Stefanie Falkner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will then be sent an application which will ask for tax/income information. Once submitted, this application will be reviewed by the Juniors Committee Board Members and the awarded amount will be determined. The decision to award financial assistance will be e-mailed to the applicant.
How to Get Started
It is important that interested rowers first attend a Learn to Row Camp that is offered during the summer and winter breaks. Once a new rower attends a Learn to Row camp and are interested in joining the TCRC team, they must register online as a new member [need link to Regatta Central’s junior new membership], fill out all required online forms, make payment, and turn in a FSHAA physical form that is provided to athletes from their respective high schools. Click here to download the FSHAA form.
A junior rower cannot participate until all membership forms (including physical) and payments are received.
If a novice rower joins any other time it is difficult on the rest of the team who have been practicing together for some time so we offer “start” times for new rowers in January (spring season), June (summer season), or August (fall season.)
The TCRC Juniors Program has their own Smartphone App called TeamApp. This secure app will keep rowers and parents up-to-date with the latest news, events, practice schedules, and give you access to important documents and information as a member of the Treasure Coast Rowing Club.
TeamApp is our centralized area for communication and should eliminate most emails (as we can use notifications to push information out to you).
Receive real-time updates on the Treasure Coast Rowing Club by downloading the smart phone app, Team App:
How to access TCRC on the Team App:
If you do not have a smartphone, send an email to email@example.com so that you can be manually added to receive email notifications. You can also view it online at http://teamapp.com.
Juniors Volunteer and Fundraising
The success of our Juniors Program, over the years, is due to the contributions of our student rower athletes and parents who have helped with fundraising activities and volunteered on committees. Click here to download Volunteering Guidelines and expectations.
For the continued success and growth of our club, it is required that all Junior rowers and their families participate in fundraising and volunteer programs. If your fundraising goal is met, Spring equipment fees will be credited for your rower; If your fundraising goal is not met, Spring equipment fees (of $200) will be assessed.
Your family and friends can sponsor rowers, too. Donations on your behalf credit your fundraising requirements. Donations can be made on the Sponsors and Fundraising page or click the Donate button below.